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This article is about the song. For the video game, see Unravel (video game). For other uses, see Unraveled.
Song by Björk from the album Homogenic
Length 3:21
Composer Björk
Homogenic track listing

"Unravel" is the third song on the album Homogenic by Björk, which was released in 1997. The song features a prominent example of Björk's use of a half-singing, half-speaking technique which, according to folklore specialist Njall Sigurason, is comparable to that of Old Icelandic choirmen.[1] Structurally, the song is made up of a slowly sweeping melody, saxophones, a church organ, and distant-sounding electronic beats.


Even though "Unravel" was not released as a single, a video was made by LynnFox to promote Björk's Greatest Hits Tour. The video won a silver prize at the 2004 D&AD Awards,[2][3] an event recognizing annual achievements in design and advertising.

Other artists[edit]

In a 2006 interview with Spin magazine, Radiohead singer Thom Yorke named "Unravel" as his favourite song ever, and said, "I'm trying to get Radiohead to do a cover because I think it's one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard."[4] On November 8, 2007, Yorke performed a cover of the song as part of Radiohead's "Thumbs Down" webcast. A snippet of the song is also occasionally performed live as an intro to Everything in Its Right Place.

A cover of "Unravel" appears on folk rock artist Okkervil River's split CD Sham Wedding/Hoax Funeral, as well as the Japanese import version of alternative rock band Something Corporate's album North.

The Flaming Lips added the song to their album Late Night Tales: The Flaming Lips, which is a compilation of artists and songs that have affected and influenced the band.

Anthony Green and Casey Crescenzo performed an acoustic cover of "Unravel" as a part of a 2007 tour featuring Circa Survive and The Dear Hunter.

Portuguese guitarist Norberto Lobo recorded a cover of "Unravel" for his 2009 album Pata Lenta.[5]

The Swingle Singers recorded an a cappella arrangement of "Unravel" for their 2009 album Ferris Wheels.

Adem recorded a cover for his album Takes which contained only covers of songs by other artists.

[Something Corporate] recorded a cover as a bonus track for their album North. It was released exclusively on the Japanese version of the album.

Brazilian singer Alice Caymmi released a cover version of the song at her 2012 debut album.[6]

See also[edit]

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