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Mister Heartbreak Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 7, 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002L5R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Glen Engel Cox on February 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I think this is probably Laurie Anderson's single best work, although there are some great songs and stories on her other albums. But there's usually something on one of those other albums that I'm quick to hit the next button with, whereas every song on Mister Heartbreak is fascinating and interesting. Anderson's music is quite experimental, from the noises used in the production to the structure of the "songs," and there are a fair number of failures in her recorded output which makes the lack of the same on this album unusual.

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.
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Mister Heartbreak is Laurie Anderson's best album.It combines all the meditative atmosphere of her earlier work with greater melodic texture and colour, making this album an altogether more pleasurable (and popularly accessible) experience.Big Science contains some interesting moments, but "O Superman" is the best of these and is still too minimalist for this reviewers' taste. Mister Heartbreak sports three unmissably wonderful tracks:the darkly humorous "Langue d'Amour" ,which climaxes with a great vocoder sequence, the hypnotic Japanese chant of "Kokoku",and "Blue Lagoon", which is without a doubt Laurie Anderson's finest hour: a superb set of textures which make one almost physically feel as though one is lying in the sun on some desert island, which then builds to a synthesizer climax of crushing intensity, which, like all great music, has an effect which is perhaps impossible to put into words.
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?
yours,
Brian Precious
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This studio record appeared between Laurie Anderson's performance works "United States I-IV" and "Home of the Brave", and as such, contains pieces that're part of both works in very different and often expanded forms. The version of "Langue d'Amour" that's here, for example, is much lusher and richer, and more complex, than its predecessor in "United States". This album sees Laurie stretching out in the studio, getting comfy with the potentialities, and adding players and arrangements that compound the complexity of her simple yet insightful 'songs'. You can't really call them actual _songs_, though; part narrative, part verse, part stream-of-consciousness observation, part near-dreamstate...all of these ranges of thought seem to go into much of Laurie Anderson's 'lyrics', especially on this album. And as for the music...it still retains much of its freshness, its stripped-down beauty. Arrangements here can sometimes bounce along with a sense of playfulness ("Sharkey's Day") or be so gossamer-thin that they almost seem like they might blow away in a strong wind-gust ("Kokoku"). The amazing thing here is how Anderson can be so strongly evocative when using just the most basic of musical gestures; every atmosphere she wishes to put across never fails to be communicated, although sometimes this varies for each listener, so multifaceted are some of her works on this release. This is probably the best introduction to her music, with "Strange Angels" being a close second behind this.
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Laurie Anderson's work has ranged from the tired to the sublime. Mr. Heartbreak is a collection of 7 of her best works on one album and the whole is mesmerizing. Laurie's staccato enunciation of prose is at times punctuated by Adrian Belew's guitar, at others softened by Peter Gabriel's warm tones. Excellent Birds, which features Gabriel, remains one of my favorite songs by either artist. Laurie Anderson has often blazed new trails, but as others have trod in her footsteps some of her efforts have been rendered a bit cliched. More than 15 years after its original release, Mr. Heartbreak is still so fresh and vibrant that it remains in my regular rotation.
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