Homeland - Laurie Anderson
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  • Summary: Laurie Anderson, the performance artist, releases her first album of new material in nearly a decade, which was produced with her husband, Lou Reed, and Roma Baran.
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  1. Referencing everything from Aristophanes to Kierkegaard to Oprah Winfrey, Homeland is true to the popular/classical crossover spirit of Anderson's best work.
  2. Regardless of where you stand politically, theologically or environmentally, or even with regards to the challenging, avant-garde nature of her sound, you cannot deny the power of Anderson's Homeland, one of the most riveting and poignant accounts of post-9/11 America pop music has offered to date.
  3. This record is expansive in its own way. The melodic fragments and the underpinning harmonies are conventional and attractive.
  4. Homeland sees Anderson singing of a "Transitory Life," but by this point, it's clear her art will remain a permanent monument in pop culture. For as long as that culture lasts.
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    In its purely audio form it's a hauntingly powerful set of pieces, couching barbed, provocative lyrics in music vastly more affecting than its apparent simplicity seems to warrent. [Jul 2010, p.101]
  6. The innovative, at times baffling result is part performance art, part avant-garde symphony, with the occasional Kierkegaard joke thrown in for good measure.
  7. She's neutered without her live visuals and her half-spoken, often-treated vocals can grate, but her breadth of vision remians unparalleled. [Jul 2010, p.128]

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