Homeland

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Homeland is "an exquisite state-of-the-union dispatch as only Anderson, America's darkly comic conscience, can provide," raves Pitchfork. Interview says, "Anderson proves that time has only sharpened her critical eye," calling Homeland "harrowing and hilarious ... a gift of perspective." Guest artists include Lou Reed, Anohni, and Four Tet's Keiran Hebden. DVD includes the documentary "Homeland: The Story of the Lark."

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Calling Laurie Anderson “the most important multimedia artist of our time,” the Los Angeles Times recently noted the “rare, profound maturity” of her latest songs. Thirty years into her recording career—in which she has simultaneously remained busy as a visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker and internationally touring live performer—she has applied her craft to a new studio album, her first in ten years. The collection of songs is at once personal and political, equally focused on love and American identity. Nonesuch Records released the album, entitled Homeland, on June 22, 2010.

Homeland is produced by Anderson with Lou Reed and Roma Baran, and engineered by Anderson, Pat Dillett, Mario McNulty, and Marc Urselli. The music is instantly recognizable as Anderson’s, though it draws on a broad scope of styles: She sings throughout and plays newly developed sounds on violin, as well as contributing keyboards and percussion. Her vocals are often mediated by the vocal filter she long ago invented to perform her signature “audio drag,” this time voicing Fenway Bergamot, the male alter-ego who appears on the album’s cover and narrates the song “Another Day in America.”

On Homeland, Anderson is joined by a diversity of collaborators, from the Tuvan throat singers and igil players of Chirgilchin to New York experimental jazz and rock players including Rob Burger (keyboards), Omar Hakim (drums), Kieran Hebden of Four Tet (keyboards), Shahzad Ismaily (percussion) Eyvind Kang (viola), Peter Scherer (keyboards), Skuli Sverrisson (bass), Ben Witman (percussion and drums) and John Zorn (saxophone). Antony Hegarty contributes additional vocals.

Homeland is Anderson’s first studio album since Life on a String (2001), which prompted the New York Times to say, “Any pop performer—Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith—would be proud to tell a story so vividly.” Underscoring the unique art-music nexus Anderson occupies, that review also quoted the art critic RoseLee Goldberg’s suggestion that “Anderson has by now entered the pantheon of late-20th-century American artists, joining such figures as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol.”

The essential Americanness of Anderson’s work is epitomized by Homeland. The new songs touch upon US foreign policy, torture, economic collapse, the erosion of personal freedom, medical malpractice, religion and cynicism. In this sense they echo Anderson’s early landmarks, especially her politically charged multimedia piece United States I–IV. In form as well as subject matter, there are also resonances of Anderson’s seminal album Big Science, which Nonesuch reissued in 2007.

The songs comprising Homeland were developed over two years on the road, while Anderson was touring an intimate, constantly evolving live show of the same name. In a four-star review of the concert at the Barbican Centre, The Times of London called it “a passionate and erudite work whose references range from Thomas Paine and Kierkegaard to Aristophanes and Oprah Winfrey.” The Guardian called Homeland “her finest show in more than a decade,” adding, “It also represents some of the most purely beautiful music she has ever made.”

The album includes a DVD featuring the 41-minute film "Homeland: The Story of the Lark" and the shorter piece “Laurie’s Violin,” both directed by filmmaker Braden King. The DVD is formatted for Region 0 (region-free).

ProductionCredits

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Laurie Anderson with Lou Reed and Roma Baran

Engineered by Laurie Anderson, Pat Dillett, Mario McNulty, and Marc Urselli
Mixed by Mario McNulty
Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk, New York, NY

DVD: "Homeland: The Story of the Lark" and “Laurie’s Violin”
Directed by Braden King
Produced by Katie Stern Truckstop Media

Design by John Gall
Cover Photograph by Andrew Zuckerman
Photography by Laurie Anderson, Dave Bowkett, Aaron Copp, Jody Elff, Peter Scherer, Skúli Sverrisson

Executive Producer: David Bither

Nonesuch Selection Number

105084

Number of Discs in Set
2discs
Album Status
Artist Name
Laurie Anderson
MusicianDetails

MUSICIANS
Laurie Anderson, vocals (1-11), keyboards (1-11), percussion (2-5, 7-9, 11), violin (3, 7, 12), radio (9)
Eyvind Kang, viola (1-7, 9, 10)
Peter Scherer, keyboards (1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 11)
Igor Koshkendey, Mongoun-Ool Ondar, igil (1)
Aidysmaa Koshkendey, vocals (1, 11)
Rob Burger, keyboards (2-5, 8, 9), orchestron (2-3, 8), accordion (3, 4, 9, 10), marxophone (4)
Lou Reed, additional percussion (2), guitar (5)
Anohni, vocals (4), background vocals (7)
Shahzad Ismaily, percussion (4)
Omar Hakim, drums (5)
Kieran Hebden, keyboards (5)
Ben Witman, percussion and drums (7)
Skuli Sverrisson, bass guitar (7), guitar (8), bass (9)
John Zorn, saxophone (8, 11)
Lolabelle, piano (8)
Joey Baron, drums (9)
Mario McNulty, percussion (11)

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UPC/Price
Label
CD+DVD
UPC
075597999181BUN
Label
MP3
Price
9.00
UPC
075597999174
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News & Reviews

  • Laurie Anderson’s Amelia is due August 30. Her first new album since 2018’s Grammy-winning Landfall, it comprises twenty-two tracks about renowned female aviator Amelia Earhart’s tragic last flight. Anderson, who Pitchfork says, “sees the future, but she starts by paying attention,” wrote the music and lyrics. She is joined on the album by the Filharmonie Brno, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, and Anohni, Gabriel Cabezas, Rob Moose, Ryan Kelly, Martha Mooke, Marc Ribot, Tony Scherr, Nadia Sirota, and Kenny Wolleson. The track “Road to Mandalay” is available now; a limited-edition print autographed by Anderson is available with Nonesuch Store pre-orders.

  • The 2024 Big Ears Festival is next week, taking place in venues throughout downtown Knoxville, TN, March 21–24, with more than a dozen Nonesuch artists past, present, and future performing as part of the label's 60th anniversary celebrations. In addition to all of the music and film offerings, Big Ears also hosts a number of artist conversations with music journalists Ann Powers and Nate Chinen, including talks with Sam Amidon, Laurie Anderson, Darcy James Argue, Rhiannon Giddens, Mary Halvorson, Robin Holcomb, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Brad Mehldau, Davóne Tines, and Yasmin Williams.

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  • About This Album

    Calling Laurie Anderson “the most important multimedia artist of our time,” the Los Angeles Times recently noted the “rare, profound maturity” of her latest songs. Thirty years into her recording career—in which she has simultaneously remained busy as a visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker and internationally touring live performer—she has applied her craft to a new studio album, her first in ten years. The collection of songs is at once personal and political, equally focused on love and American identity. Nonesuch Records released the album, entitled Homeland, on June 22, 2010.

    Homeland is produced by Anderson with Lou Reed and Roma Baran, and engineered by Anderson, Pat Dillett, Mario McNulty, and Marc Urselli. The music is instantly recognizable as Anderson’s, though it draws on a broad scope of styles: She sings throughout and plays newly developed sounds on violin, as well as contributing keyboards and percussion. Her vocals are often mediated by the vocal filter she long ago invented to perform her signature “audio drag,” this time voicing Fenway Bergamot, the male alter-ego who appears on the album’s cover and narrates the song “Another Day in America.”

    On Homeland, Anderson is joined by a diversity of collaborators, from the Tuvan throat singers and igil players of Chirgilchin to New York experimental jazz and rock players including Rob Burger (keyboards), Omar Hakim (drums), Kieran Hebden of Four Tet (keyboards), Shahzad Ismaily (percussion) Eyvind Kang (viola), Peter Scherer (keyboards), Skuli Sverrisson (bass), Ben Witman (percussion and drums) and John Zorn (saxophone). Antony Hegarty contributes additional vocals.

    Homeland is Anderson’s first studio album since Life on a String (2001), which prompted the New York Times to say, “Any pop performer—Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith—would be proud to tell a story so vividly.” Underscoring the unique art-music nexus Anderson occupies, that review also quoted the art critic RoseLee Goldberg’s suggestion that “Anderson has by now entered the pantheon of late-20th-century American artists, joining such figures as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol.”

    The essential Americanness of Anderson’s work is epitomized by Homeland. The new songs touch upon US foreign policy, torture, economic collapse, the erosion of personal freedom, medical malpractice, religion and cynicism. In this sense they echo Anderson’s early landmarks, especially her politically charged multimedia piece United States I–IV. In form as well as subject matter, there are also resonances of Anderson’s seminal album Big Science, which Nonesuch reissued in 2007.

    The songs comprising Homeland were developed over two years on the road, while Anderson was touring an intimate, constantly evolving live show of the same name. In a four-star review of the concert at the Barbican Centre, The Times of London called it “a passionate and erudite work whose references range from Thomas Paine and Kierkegaard to Aristophanes and Oprah Winfrey.” The Guardian called Homeland “her finest show in more than a decade,” adding, “It also represents some of the most purely beautiful music she has ever made.”

    The album includes a DVD featuring the 41-minute film "Homeland: The Story of the Lark" and the shorter piece “Laurie’s Violin,” both directed by filmmaker Braden King. The DVD is formatted for Region 0 (region-free).

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Laurie Anderson, vocals (1-11), keyboards (1-11), percussion (2-5, 7-9, 11), violin (3, 7, 12), radio (9)
    Eyvind Kang, viola (1-7, 9, 10)
    Peter Scherer, keyboards (1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 11)
    Igor Koshkendey, Mongoun-Ool Ondar, igil (1)
    Aidysmaa Koshkendey, vocals (1, 11)
    Rob Burger, keyboards (2-5, 8, 9), orchestron (2-3, 8), accordion (3, 4, 9, 10), marxophone (4)
    Lou Reed, additional percussion (2), guitar (5)
    Anohni, vocals (4), background vocals (7)
    Shahzad Ismaily, percussion (4)
    Omar Hakim, drums (5)
    Kieran Hebden, keyboards (5)
    Ben Witman, percussion and drums (7)
    Skuli Sverrisson, bass guitar (7), guitar (8), bass (9)
    John Zorn, saxophone (8, 11)
    Lolabelle, piano (8)
    Joey Baron, drums (9)
    Mario McNulty, percussion (11)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Laurie Anderson with Lou Reed and Roma Baran

    Engineered by Laurie Anderson, Pat Dillett, Mario McNulty, and Marc Urselli
    Mixed by Mario McNulty
    Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk, New York, NY

    DVD: "Homeland: The Story of the Lark" and “Laurie’s Violin”
    Directed by Braden King
    Produced by Katie Stern Truckstop Media

    Design by John Gall
    Cover Photograph by Andrew Zuckerman
    Photography by Laurie Anderson, Dave Bowkett, Aaron Copp, Jody Elff, Peter Scherer, Skúli Sverrisson

    Executive Producer: David Bither