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Homeland is the eighth studio album by Laurie Anderson, 2010 . A loose concept album about life in the United States of America. It was her first album of new material since 2001's Life on a String.

Homeland
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 22, 2010
Recorded2007–2010
at Masterdisk, NYC
GenreAvant-garde
Experimental music
Pop music
Length66:00
LabelNonesuch/Elektra Records
79991
ProducerLaurie Anderson, Lou Reed and Roma Baran
Laurie Anderson chronology
Live in New York
(2002)
Homeland
(2010)
Landfall
(2018)
Singles from Homeland
  1. "Only an Expert"
    Released: 18 May 2010[1]

The record was produced by Anderson, Lou Reed and Roma Baran. Anderson began touring the project in late 2007. The album was originally slated for release in 2008. Because the project kept changing in form, the release was pushed back several times. The final release in 2010 was a two-disc set consisting of a CD of music and a DVD.

The song "Only an Expert" was released as a 12" vinyl single on May 18, 2010. A song titled "Pictures and Things" was the single's B-side.[2]

Contents

Track listingEdit

  1. "Transitory Life" (6:52)
  2. "My Right Eye" (5:01)
  3. "Thinking of You" (4:12)
  4. "Strange Perfumes" (4:46)
  5. "Only an Expert" (7:26)
  6. "Falling" (3:19)
  7. "Another Day in America" (11:24)
  8. "Bodies in Motion" (7:10)
  9. "Dark Time in the Revolution" (5:19)
  10. "The Lake" (5:39)
  11. "The Beginning of Memory" (2:45)
  12. "Flow" (2:15)

DVD

  1. "Homeland: The Story of the Lark" (41:00)
  2. "Laurie's Violin" (7:00)

PersonnelEdit

Technical


DVD

  • Directed by Braden King
  • Produced by Katie Stern Truckstop Media

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic      link
Drowned in Sound      link
Los Angeles Times     link
musicOMH      link
Pitchfork Media(8.3/10) link
PopMatters      link
Rolling Stone      link
Slant Magazine      link
Robert Christgau    link

Nina Power, previewing the album in The Wire magazine, claimed that Homeland "reminds us why Anderson, now in her sixties, is the (modulated) voice of America's conscience."[3]

Margaret Wappler of The Los Angeles Times wrote of the album, "'Homeland' isn't so much an album as it is a poetic capturing of the still moments of a restless mind".[4]

ChartsEdit

Album

Year Chart Position
2010 German Albums Chart 62
2010 Greek Album Charts 41

ReferencesEdit