15 Songs, 1 Hour 20 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

runman4615 ,

OK, so what

Apparently the only deluxe feature is the ability to purchase songs individually. If "that's all there is" I'll purchase the standard audio edition or purchase the media rich version directly from Nonesuch. Disappointing!

Revc ,

Brilliant. Accessible. Gorgeous.

"Concentration... Empty your mind. Let the rest of the world go by."

Laurie Anderson is an artist you can always trust not to fritter away your time. Full attention will be rewarded. Delicate sonic structures rise and fall. Not a word is wasted. Ear and mind are tickled aware.

All that, and she's a real pisser, too. Drop the 11 bucks. Have a seat and ride Homeland open-to-close. Trust her. Can't afford it right now? Sigh... "Only an Expert" is probably this album's "O Superman," but come back for the rest once the experts have solved the problem...

PRHjr ,

similar pre order issues

i have been looking forward to this release. pre order set for june 21st release now moved to june 22nd and still no ability to download. updates on this would be very helpful. what i have been able to listen to sounds great and am looking forward to the day i will actually be able to listen to it in entirety.

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