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From The Air
Walking And Falling
Born Never Asked
Let X = X
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I was watching the infamous One-Hit Wonders on VH-1, and one of the songs
covered was Laurie Anderson's "O Superman." With it's hypnotizing new
wave melody, it was obvious to read up on Anderson, and how popular she was.
Well, popular she wasn't, but her "O Superman" song made her noticeable
in the early 1980s, and in the midst of new wave/electronic music.
"From The Air" has the electronica sound, mixed with new wave rock,
as the early Blondie could be compared to Anderson's vocal style.
"Big Science" could compete in today's styles, the choruses has her
voice sounding similar to female artist Dido. The main instrument heard
throughout this song is the organ; haunting in some instances, it keeps your
Strangeness best describes "Sweaters," as the high-pitch vocals
could be from a Yoko Ono influence. "Walking And Falling" is mostly
a spoken voice piece, the music itself is quite interesting. "Born, Never
Asked" has a spoken voice intro, as the rest of the song is instrumental,
providing an interesting listening of soft, electronic music.
Strange and weird as some of Yoko Ono's songs, best describes "Example
#22". "Let X = X" combines the electronic/computerized voice of
Anderson, with very impressive soft, electronic music, which blends into the
last song, "It Tango." It starts out upbeat in a somewhat reggae/ska
style, then returns to soft, pleasant electronic music, with Anderson's spoken
Laurie Anderson's Big Science may not be for some, but it is quite
interesting. It's very different than the standard new wave music that emerged
in the late 1970s, and continued throughout the 1980s. Avant-garde is another
description for Anderson's music. She used electronic music, with computerized
vocalization. "O Superman" is her most popular hit, and with it's
hypnotizing electronic music, most of the other songs on Big Science
are just as hypnotizing and draws attention to the listener. Agreeing that her
music is definitely different than others, fans of electronica music and even
new wave could spark an interest. She released five more albums after Big
Science and an anthology. Yet, Big Science stands out, due to her
biggest hit "O Superman." Are there any other major hits that stands
out for Laurie Anderson? I doubt it, and even if she did have more albums,
her one-hit wonder signature song, "O Superman" will definitely be
interesting to those who enjoy electronica and new wave music.
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