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4.00 | 11 ratings | 1 reviews | 10% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2001

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. One White Whale (2:02)
2. The Island Where I Come from (4:07)
3. Pieces and Parts (3:34)
4. Here With You (2:22)
5. Slip Away (5:50)
6. My Compensation (2:28)
7. Dark Angel (3:23)
8. Broken (3:19)
9. Washington Street (4:40)
10. Statue of Liberty (4:24)
11. One Beautiful Evening (5:05)
12. Life on a String (2:57)

Total Time 44:15


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Line-up / Musicians

- Laurie Anderson / vocals, violin, keyboards, percussion, gong
- Van Dyke Parks / arranger, conductor, keyboards
- Tom Nelis / vocals
- Skuli Sevrisson / guitar, organ, keyboards, bass, percussion, programming,
sound effects
- Bill Frisell, Lou Reed / guita
- Eyvind Kang / violin
- Judith Wilmer / viola
- Eric Friedlander / cello
- Chris Speed / saxophone
- Cuong Vu / trumpet
- Mitchell Froom / Wurlitzer piano
- Claviola, Mellotron / keyboards
- Peter Scherer / keyboards, percussion
- Jamshied Sharifi / keyboards, string synthesizer
- Mocean Worker / keyboards, programming
- Gregg Cohen, Timothy Cobb / acoustic bass
- Joey Baron, Danny Frankel, Mino Cinelu / percussion
- Hal Willner / samples, turntables
- David Torn / loops

Releases information

Nonesuch/Elektra Records (79539) August 21, 2001

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(10%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(70%)
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Review by Slartibartfast
4 stars Life On A String

The title says it all. Creepy that this one should come out shortly before the 9/11/01 attacks. As much as I have enjoyed the quirkier stuff from early on, this album seems much more refined Acoustic instruments dominate the album.

One White Whale - odd opening vocal , then very peaceful.

The Island Where I Come From - takes you to the Caribbean. A bassist that worked with Allan Holdsworth, Skuli Sverrisson, is on this one. Also David Torn. They show up on other tracks.

Pieces And Parts - starts off with a spoken Laurie part. Another whale song of sorts.

Here With You - a really nice trio chamber music instrumental and really pairs well with the next track:

Slip Away - a bigger group of musicians. Vocals this time. A really poignant song about seeing someone you love dying.

My Compensation - a sarcastic little piece with a guy doing turntables and samples.

Dark Angel - so now we get an orchestra with samples. Peculiar song, though you can apply it to most of Laurie's stuff.

Broken - dark song about a couple falling apart. Back to electronics.

Washington Street - she sings about a cold rain and you can feel it.

Statue Of Liberty - another one of those spooky songs to come out near 9/11/01: "Freedom is a scary thing Not many people want it"

One Beautiful Evening - another dark piece. I think Laurie may have been the gateway drug to the Univers.

Life On A String - beautiful ending track. "But for me I'm looking for a single moment when I can slip through time.

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