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Album Review

Once her popularity seemed assured, Warner Bros. felt safe releasing this five-record set (since reissued on four CDs) comprising United States' entire four-and-a-half hours. It's not the first place I'd recommend going to hear Anderson's work, but for those so inclined it's well worth the effort. Although live performances of United States included film segments that ran during some of her monologues, United States is about communication and how we interpret and use language. It's a bit pretentious, a tad long-winded, and its size makes it unwieldy to listen to in one sitting, but this is an important work loaded with enough insight, wit, and humanity to make relistening and re-evaluating worthwhile.

Customer Reviews

Long but great

This was the 2nd album I bought from Laurie Anderson back in College. I made the mistake of purchasing it as a 4 Cassette tape package. The variety of her styles on this album are great. My favorites are Language is a Virus from Outer Space, New York Social Life and "I dreamed I had to take a test". Must listen for any serious Laurie Anderson Fan.

Beautiful, thoughtful, humorous...

Perhaps not the most likely starting point for a journey into the discography of Laurie Anderson, United States Live is a place I always end up.


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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United States Live, Laurie Anderson
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  • $49.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Prog-Rock/Art Rock, Classical
  • Released: 1984

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