Life On A String

  • Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Release Date: Aug 21, 2001
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Blender
    60
    Though the drones drift into Enya-like ambience on "Slip Away" more often, as on "Pieces and Parts" and the keening "Broken," Anderson dresses up her hard-won koans of personal wisdom just enough to make them alluring. [Aug/Sep 2001, p.120]
  2. Q Magazine
    60
    Despite its spacious and minimal approach, the album is -- in typical Anderson style -- a demanding piece of work. [Sep 2001, p.106]
  3. The Wire
    50
    Fans of Anderson's trademark spoken word phrasing, with pregnant pauses, raised eyebrows and question mark endings, won't be disappointed. [#211, p.52]
  4. She lets [the songs] drift off into the kind of embalmed chamber music respectability often synonymous with the Nonesuch label.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. MikeW
    Feb 23, 2007
    9
    Best since Big Science, still strong remnants of the old style in there, with some good rich mature sounds.
  2. SteveP
    Nov 22, 2004
    9
    Almost back to her best!
  3. Ron
    May 16, 2002
    8
    chamber music and L.A., not ready, unexpected, fragile, looking for new ways