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Laurie Anderson


Crossover Prog

4.08 | 43 ratings

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5 stars I first heard of Laurie Anderson because of her collaboration with Peter Gabriel, "Excellent Birds", which was on So. I eventually bought her album "Big Science" and, while it was certainly extremely creative, I wasn't very impressed with it. The wacky vocals kind of weirded me out. Mister Heartbreak is a vastly more accessible album, which is a good thing. Here is no weirdness for the sake of being weird; while admittedly you will never hear these songs on commercial radio they are all eminently listenable. More than that, they are sublime. The spoken word lyrics alternate between surreal poetry and wry observations of humanity and culture, and the music complements the words fantastically. The overall effect marries the ambiance of Another Green World to the psychedelia of Piper at the Gates of Dawn. The album closes perfectly with an appearance by William S. Burroughs who reads a lyrical piece with a rich voice that makes you want to laugh and cry at the same time. It's indescribable; I always hate that it has to end. I can't recommend this album enough.
WanderingLogician | 5/5 |


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