Magazine article New Internationalist

Bjork: Army of Me

Magazine article New Internationalist

Bjork: Army of Me

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Björk: Army of Me

by Various Artists

(One Little Indian TPLP 467 CD)

Björk has always been an enthusiast of the remix. Versions of her work have abounded to the extent that she devoted an entire album, 'Telegram', to invited remixers: 'Army of Me', an electropowered tough-love anthem from her 1995 album Post was one of them. The Army of Me album came from an urgency to help the tsunami victims. Via her website Björk invited visitors to remix 'Army of Me'. Within a week, 600 submissions from all over the world had been uploaded: this album, its proceeds goingto UNICEF, features 20 of them.

There are metal versions (Canada's Interzone, France's Hemp) that pick up on the original's bassline; a bossa nova one (Grisbi, again France); an acapella stab (London's Peter Baker) and an expansive electronic interpretation from Germany's Beats Beyond. Britain's Tim Moth, recording as Lunamoth, goes fora harp interpretation, while Patrick Wolf opts fora hugely histrionic (and equally fun) mix inspired by the late falsetto singer, Klaus Nomi. …

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