Magazine article New Internationalist

Homeland

Magazine article New Internationalist

Homeland

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Homeland

by Laurie Andersen (Nonesuch 7559 799 918 CD)

Laurie Anderson is no stranger to the political landscape. Ever since United States I-IV, the music theatre work from which Big Science came in the early 19805, Anderson has taken her role as the artist, as the one who questions, seriously. Homeland has been some years in the making and has shifted its emphasis over this time. It arrives nearly two years after George W Bush's presidential defeat, but it is still an astonishing thing. Building on earlier work - there is a replication of imagery, sounds and patterns of speech - it is a howl, a lamentation, for America from one of the most consistently clear-sighted artists that the country has ever produced.

She has pulled in a wide range of help on Homeland: Tuvan throat singers and igil players from the group Chirgilchin, ghostly occasional vocals from Antony Hegarty and delicate percussion from Shahzad lsmaily. …

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