Family Tree (Björk album)

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Family Tree
Bjork - Family Tree.jpg
Box set by Björk
Released 4 November 2002
Length 141:09
Label One Little Indian
Producer Various
Björk chronology
Greatest Hits
(2002)Greatest Hits2002
Family Tree
Live Box
(2003)Live Box2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Blender 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly C+[3]
Pitchfork (3.6/10)[4]
Stylus Magazine A−[5]

Family Tree is a boxed set of musical material by Icelandic singer Björk. The set consists of a book of lyrics entitled "Words", five 3-inch compact discs of rare and previously unreleased material, and a regular-sized compact disc of "Greatest Hits" selected by Björk herself. Family Tree was released in November 2002, concurrent with the release of Björk's Greatest Hits album, in which the tracks were selected by her fans.


The five 3-inch compact discs include: "Roots CD 1", which features songs recorded before Björk's "second solo debut" (i.e. previous to her 1993 album Debut). This compact disc features songs by her previous bands: KUKL, The Elgar Sisters, and The Sugarcubes. "Roots CD 2" features b-sides and alternate versions of album tracks; "Beats", which focuses on both new and old songs with a heavier electronica influence; and finally "Strings", CDs 1 and 2, which feature live and studio recordings of Björk with the Brodsky Quartet through 1999 and 2000.

The artwork on the CD was designed by M/M Paris in collaboration with Icelandic contemporary artist Gabríela Friðriksdóttir. The cover consists of a tree with letter on the upper part.

A music video for the song Nature is Ancient, directed by Lynn Fox, was released in November 2002 to promote the compilation, even though the song was originally released in 1997. Originally, it was a B-side to the "Bachelorette" single, but it was later included on Family Tree. A music video for the song, directed by Lynn Fox, was released in November 2002 to promote the compilation, even though the song was originally released in 1997.[6] The video was also released on the compilation Greatest Hits - Volumen 1993–2003.

Björk's notes for the project, as featured on the individual CD artworks, reveal that "Immature" and "My Spine" were initially considered to feature on the compilation, as well as track(s) recorded with British composer John Tavener.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1 — Roots
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Síðasta Ég" (performed by the Elgar Sisters)
  • Björk
  • Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson
  • Þór Eldon
2. "Glóra" (performed by the Elgar Sisters) Björk 1:42
3. "Fuglar" (perforned by KUKL) KUKL 3:00
4. "Ammæli" (performed by the Sugarcubes) Sugarcubes 3:55
5. "Mamma" (performed by the Sugarcubes) Sugarcubes 2:57
Total length: 14:05
Disc 2 — Roots
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Immature" Björk 2:53
2. "Cover Me" Björk 3:07
3. "Generous Palmstroke"
4. "Jóga" (strings and vocals)
5. "Mother Heroic"
Total length: 17:28
Disc 3 — Beats
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Modern Things"
2. "Karvel"
  • Björk
  • Massey
3. "I Go Humble"
4. "Nature Is Ancient"
  • Björk
  • Bell
Total length: 16:28
Disc 4 — Strings
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Unravel" (with the Brodsky Quartet)
  • Björk
  • Sigsworth
2. "Cover Me" (with the Brodsky Quartet) Björk 2:50
3. "Possibly Maybe" (with the Brodsky Quartet) Björk 4:55
4. "The Anchor Song" (with the Brodsky Quartet) Björk 3:44
5. "Hunter" (with the Brodsky Quartet) Björk 4:31
Total length: 18:18
Disc 5 — Strings
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "All Neon Like" (with the Brodsky Quartet) Björk 5:07
2. "I've Seen It All" (with the Brodsky Quartet)
3. "Bachelorette" (with the Brodsky Quartet)
  • Björk
  • Sjón
4. "Play Dead" (with the Brodsky Quartet) 3:25
Total length: 19:00
Disc 6 — Greatest Hits as Chosen by Björk
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Venus as a Boy" Björk 4:41
2. "Hyperballad" Björk 5:23
3. "You've Been Flirting Again" Björk 2:29
4. "Isobel" 5:23
5. "Jóga"
  • Björk
  • Sjón
6. "Unravel"
  • Björk
  • Sigsworth
7. "Bachelorette"
  • Björk
  • Sjón
8. "All Is Full of Love" Björk 4:46
9. "Scatterheart"
  • Björk
  • Sjón
  • von Trier
10. "I've Seen It All"
  • Björk
  • Sjón
  • von Trier
11. "Pagan Poetry" Björk 5:14
12. "It's Not Up to You" Björk 5:08
Total length: 59:25


Chart (2003) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Electronic Albums 6[7]
France 100[8]
Denmark 39[9]


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