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While Laurie Anderson has carved out a niche as a creator of peculiar tone poems and electronic art-rock, she is also adept at making cultural observations that never break down into platitudes or rants. The beauty of her music is how she successfully integrates so many points of musical view into one place. Homeland, her first album since Live At Town Hall NYC, recorded two weeks after September 11, is her most accessible in decades. The tunes were developed on the road and feature an impressive cast from Tuvan throat singers and Igil players from the group Chirgilchin to guests such as husband and co-producer Lou Reed, John Zorn, Rob Burger, Omar Hakim and Antony Hegarty. Out front, however, is Anderson’s electronically manipulated voice, harmonizing alongside Kieran Hebden’s and Peter Scherer’s keyboards and Reed’s distorted guitars. Highlights include the synthetic pop grace of “Thinking of You,” the frustrated-with-the-marketing-system computerized dance groove of “Only an Expert” and the sparkling evening sunset tinkle of “Bodies In Motion.” Anderson deserves a wider audience. She may once again receive one.

Customer Reviews

stunningly beautiful

i found Homeland to be a stunningly beautiful release.

The Beginning of Memory is the only track i found very reminiscent of her early work. all of the other tracks are quite understated, melodic and rather mesmerizing (with one rather boisterous exception). that exception being Only an Expert which is an aggressive track which features dissonant Lou Reed guitars and a heavy electro-beat. upon hearing the first few seconds i rather winced but by the end of the track i found the approach not only worked but was possibly the only acceptable one for the subject matter; angry and outraged. anger is an energy and the track has it in spades. as for the 'disappointed' review below, this is THE ONLY TRACK which seems in any way relevant to that review which expressed disappointment that the track wasn't what was previously presented at a specific performance he saw and doesn't seem to approve of some else's personal life. both are really irrelevant to a review of this release.

this may be the best and most introspective writing in whole Laurie Anderson has committed to a studio release. of all the music i've heard released yet this year (which is considerable) this may be my top choice for the best release of the year yet far. kudos to Anderson and thank you for a stunning, personal and timely collection of work.

Beautiful Brilliance,The Genius Returns

This body of work is truly worth the wait. Intellectually and musically it simply soars, taking us to places that not even Laurie has taken us before. "Another Day In America" is absolutely breath taking, Laurie at her best. These are some of Laurie's most emotional offerings, often heartbreaking and thought-provoking. Her level of genius is off the charts here, Im sure this will take it's rightful place with my other Anderson favorites. Can't wait to see the live show, I've seen her three times and got to meet her twice. She is a tiny and lovely women and one of the most friendly performers I've ever met. Looking forward to more "difficult" yet brilliant music.

Everybody's got an opinion...

Everybody's got an opinion about Laurie Anderson, and especially about how her marriage to Lou Redd has affected her music and career. This is the best piece of work she's done in quite some time. It's different than her earlier work, which was spoken over music, instead of sung, as it is here. Anderson is always pushing boundaries -- sometimes her experiments work, sometimes they don't. But you can't fault her for trying. This one works.


Born: June 5, 1947 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After briefly entering the mainstream pop radar in 1981 with her lone hit "O Superman," Laurie Anderson enjoyed a public visibility greater than virtually any other avant-garde figure of her era. Her infrequent forays into rock aside, Anderson nevertheless remained firmly grounded within the realm of performance art, her ambitious multimedia projects encompassing not only music but also film, visual projections, dance, and -- most importantly -- spoken and written language, the cornerstone of all...
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