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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 21-AUG-2001
A new Laurie Anderson album is usually a thing to welcome. Often less a performance artist than point person for global-village storytelling--as on 1995's The Ugly One with the Jewels--she's also demonstrated a high level of musical savvy. Life on a String's meld of Biblical references, New York wanderings, world rhythms, and chamber music doesn't cohere like it should, though. Caught between bemusement and empathy, Anderson's knack for nailing oddball details can lift her work beyond mere wit, but not here. On "Dark Angel," she damns consumerism with lines that would've been laughable even at the outset of her career in the '70s: "Look at all the things I bought / I'm feeling kind of lost." Her quoting "I'm a Little Teapot" on "One Beautiful Evening" sounds like self-parody, or the result of a lost dare with another artsy type. And is the observation that it's a small world but she wouldn't want to paint it supposed to sound fresh? For true Anderson wigginess and smarts, try Ugly One, or for that matter, her classic debut, Big Science. --Rickey Wright
I like it very much, but it lacks the color and imagination of her 1984 album ' mister haertbreak
not to mention the personell.
A nice balance of her violin and singing and her usual narratives without too much of her tendency towards cutesiness/cloying storytelling or ticks. Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by Baranabus
In the 80's we loved her trick violin, the hypnotic tape loops, and the sophomoric taunts at the un-hip that only We The Hip could appreciate. Read morePublished on April 22, 2011 by David B. Jones
Nice album - a good Sunday morning or rainy afternoon album. Beautifully recorded -if you have a good hi fi system this will show it off. Read morePublished on February 10, 2011 by Ducman
Just as I started to really appreciate this recording, fate intervened: the disk was swallowed by the CD player in our van. Read morePublished on July 5, 2009 by Karl W. Nehring
Laurie Anderson is a genius, but her music does not make you happy. It makes you think! It has a lot of sense of humor (O Superman, Experiment #22) and a little bit of beauty... Read morePublished on September 21, 2008 by Daniel Ágreda-Sánchez
She shows you beauty and ugliness in its own true nest --- of hands, not eyes.
And then shows you how to take care of your own hands. Literally.