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Laurie Anderson: Homeland

This artist extraordinaire has bucked categorization throughout her 40-year career, and does so again on her first album in almost a decade.

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Homeland is an “exquisite state-of-the-union dispatch” that only Laurie Anderson could have issued, said Brian Howe in Pitchforkmedia.com. This artist extraordinaire has bucked categorization throughout her 40-year career, and does so again on her first album in almost a decade. On Homeland, she acts as “America’s darkly comic conscience,” delivering a profound collection that delves into the country’s troubled psyche, “the grim tidings leavened with empathetic portraiture.” The 12 songs she’s recorded are among her finest, said Thom Jurek in All Music Guide. They “ask questions about what it means to be an American in the 21st century, philosophically and personally.” In the biting satire “Only an Expert,” Anderson challenges society’s blind trust in authority, while her husband, Lou Reed, serves up squalls of guitar feedback. The album’s dark heart, “Another Day in America,” is an eerily honest oration on the decline of America. Anderson can make the future sound scary but always worth listening to.

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