Mister Heartbreak Import
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I inevitably connect Anderson's sound to the minimalists of classical music, for at the same time I discovered Anderson I was also immersed in Philip Glass, an avid experimentalist in his own right. Both composures use repetitive structures upon which they overlay new sounds or slowly modify from the repeating pattern to discover a melody. However, Anderson's repetition is mostly through rhythmic patterns rather than repeated melodic passages. To break up the repetition are unusual sounds wrung out of Adrian Belew's guitar and the off-kilter percussion of David van Tiegham.
But the real reason I enjoy this album is for the lyrics, which were repeated constantly by my circle of friends in college so much that they quicklyl became catch phrases, were you only had to start a passage and everyone knew what you were referring to. Anderson's skill with language is that she is able to distill a phrase out of its common usage and make it sound new and fresh, partly through the phrasing, akin to how William Shatner would make each word a separate sentence. In "Blue Lagoon," it's the simple passage of "I got your letter. Thanks. A lot.Read more ›
Combining Anderson's meditation and musicality to the greatest extent,if there is one Laurie Anderson album you should buy , this is it.
The only real complaint I have is that there seem to be a few seconds missing from the beginning of the first track - Sharkey's Day -, compared to when I first heard this cd back in the mid-1980s.Has anyone else had a similar experience?
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Not Laurie's best, but quite entertaining. It looses one star for its brevityPublished 12 months ago by PDW
Many consider "Mister Heartbreak" Laurie Anderson's best album. Though opinions obviously vary like the stock market, this album definitely includes many highlights. Read morePublished 20 months ago by ewomack
GR4302 says cut this up in your head and see if you can flee the banality of post-post-modern parody of life. Nobody knows me--divine thanks!Published 22 months ago by Chimos
Vendor was great, item was sent out right away and was as-advertised. "Music review"? Well, you either know this or you don't. It's unique. Read morePublished on April 13, 2014 by Rick Clark
Robert Christgau and Colin Larkin made me for some time curious about Laurie Anderson and her music, which I thought at the time to me much more arty than such musicians as Kate... Read morePublished on April 18, 2010 by mianfei
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Released in 1984, this is Laurie Anderson's third album, (it you count her rough independent initial release). Read more