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Calling Laurie Anderson “the most important multimedia artist of our time,” The Los Angeles Times recently noted the “rare, profound maturity” of her latest songs. Thirty years into her recording career—in which she has simultaneously remained busy as a visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker and internationally touring live performer—she has ... Read more in Amazon's Laurie Anderson Store

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  • Audio CD (November 10, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: October 25, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002MP5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,200 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Speechless
2. Bright Red
3. The Puppet Motel
4. Speak My Language
5. World Without End
6. Freefall
7. Muddy River
8. Beautiful Pea Green Boat
9. Love Among The Sailors
10. Poison
11. In Our Sleep
12. Night In Baghdad
13. Tightrope
14. Same Time Tomorrow

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Bright Red by Laurie Anderson

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How do you make a pop song work without the safety net of melody? Rappers do it with hyperactive dance beats and lots of attitude, but Laurie Anderson does it by relaxing our defenses with her soothing telephone-operator voice, her hypnotic synth patterns, and droning organ washes. Once she has lured us into her aural lair, she trips us up with broken syntax and disconnected sentence fragments. Bright Red's producer is Brian Eno, an astute choice, for no one does ambient backdrops better. By themselves, these atmospheric harmonies are mere background music, Anderson's spoken monologues nothing more than bohemian stand-up comedy. When the two elements click, however, the result is some of the most original pop music around. As always, what saves Anderson from smug self-indulgence is her wicked sense of humor and her genuine sense of dread. --Geoffrey Himes

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By darthminogue on October 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I don't normally write reviews (in fact, this is my first one!) however, having read some of the negative reviews for this album, I feel I must add my two cents.

This is possibly the most played cd in my 500-strong collection. There are no dud tracks and it really is quite unlike other Anderson albums: generally her soundscapes are awesomely sparse, but Eno's influence on this is unmistakable and provides a richer, more musical 'background'.

The two-tiered track Night in Baghdad/Tightrope is possibly the most incredible song(s) of all time. Her grasp of the profundities and inanities of life astound me. This song is the only one in my 30 years to have made me cry ("'Did you ever really love me?' 'Only when we danced'").

Bright Red is perhaps not the ideal introduction to Anderson (for that I'd recommend Home Of The Brave or Strange Angels, far and away her most 'accessible' album), but if you've heard and liked some of her previous output and are tossing up whether to make the purchase, do it. Definitely go for this rather than the more recent Life On A String which, for me, is a mediocre replica.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jon Bastian on April 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Quite possibly one of the most innovative musical/performance artists around, Laurie Anderson never disappoints, and Bright Red is no exception. Sonically amazing, that's just window dressing to the incredible lyrics through which Anderson weaves amazing stories. Listen carefully, for hers is a land in which meanings shift subtly with repetition or revelation. Whether she's telling us of a shawl owned by her grandmother or a dream involving her ex-boyfriends, their new girlfriends and a water-logged ferris wheel, every number here is full of new surprises on each listening. If you're an Anderson fan, this CD is a must-add to your collection. If you have no idea who she is, this is a good place to start before moving on to her more intricate works, such as "O, Superman" and "USA Parts I-IV."
Way back in the day, friends and I used to enjoy watching Anderson's "Home of the Brave" concert tape while... um... under the influence, but it's a true tribute to her talent that you require no chemical enhancements in order to enter an alternate reality while experiencing her work. Rarely do words and music mesh in such a transcendent way, but with Anderson they always do, and this CD is no exception. She truly is a goddess of art.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Soundtrack buff on September 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I also find this album extremely well done. One of my most played in my collection, as well. When Ms. Anderson hits the nail on the head, it's a direct hit! Two tracks, in particular, are my favorites. 'World Without End' and 'Tightrope' are both tracks that I play over and over. They have the ability to grab you by your soul. The album has an overall dark characteristic (maybe Ms. Anderson needs to get out of the city occasionally?), but that same darkness is what makes these two tunes, in particular, so mesmerizing. Here voice is very immediate, right in your ear, as if she is speaking quietly just to you.

I am also a big fan of Brian Eno, and his work on this album is the perfect compliment to Lauries keyboard work and lyrics. The magic is in the subtleties.

I have liked most of Lauries albums previous to this one, but `Bright Red' shows how polished she has become over the years.

This is one hard act to follow.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 1999
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I like "Bright Red". It is a dark feeling album, reminds me of her "Big Science" album, however it is less minimalistic. I like the arrangements on this album, Bryan Eno did a great jod producing it. "Freefall" and "Pea Green Boat" are my favourite songs. Get it if you in a mood for listening and thinking.
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