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All Is Full of Love

“All Is Full of Love” is a song by Icelandic musician Björk taken from her third studio album Homogenic. Written by Björk, the lyrics are inspired by the presence of love in the advent of spring and Norse mythology’s Ragnarök. The more popular version of the track, the original mix solely produced by Björk, was used in the music video but did not appear in the album. The album version is a remix by Howie B and has a minimalist approach and places emphasis on the singer’s vocals. The video features a combination of electronic beats and string instruments. A remix by the German IDM duo Funkstörung was released as a single in the summer of 1998. The song later received a full single release in 7 June 1999 to coincide with the release of its music video.

While some music critics declared that the song was one of the highlights of the Homogenic album, the single performed moderately on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 24. In the United States, it became a dance hit. The song and music video were released two years after the release of the album for artistic merit rather than promotional purposes. The song was included as the opening track in the compilation album Greatest Hits (2002), whose tracks were selected by fans through a survey. Some regard “All Is Full of Love” as the first DVD single release.

The accompanying music video for “All Is Full of Love” was directed by Chris Cunningham and depicts the assembling of a robot with Björk’s features and her passionately kissing another robot against an ethereal and sterile backdrop. The song’s video garnered acclaim from critics and is commonly regarded as one of the best music videos of all time and a milestone in computer animation. The subject of much analysis and scrutiny, it was on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and has been included in various art exhibitions. Björk has performed “All Is Full of Love” in five of her tours, with the most recent being the Vulnicura Tour. It is one of Björk’s most idiosyncratic songs, and has been covered by various artists.

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