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Classic Box Set Review: Björk | The Live Box: 1993 – 2002

It’s oh so quiet. And oh so quirky. And all live.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


DISCS: Four CDs and a DVD.

TRACKS: 55 audio tracks and five live videos.

YEARS: 1994 – 2001.

LOWDOWN: It’s oh so quiet. And oh so quirky. And all live. Icelandic alt-pop sugarcube Björk Gudmundsdottir — in case you were wondering why she goes only by her first name — is renown for live performances that are every bit as groundbreaking and mesmerizing as her studio albums. The Live Box offers one disc of material from each of her four albums. Played back-to-back, it’s several hours of hushed ambience, elegant strings, glitchy laptop soundscapes, bleepy synth tones and — most importantly — Björk taking you to her hidden place with those strangely beautiful vocals. One quibble: Since more than half this stuff is already available on DVD, maybe they should have found some other sources of material. Or made this a DVD box instead.

NEW STUFF: The two most recent discs are mostly unreleased fare.

EYE CANDY: Some nice cardboard sleeves on the discs; a lengthy interview in the 36-page booklet.

DAMAGE: About $55.

 

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