Laurie Anderson - Big Science - C or D

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a couple years ago someone who swears by it and grew up with it convinced me to buy this blind, and for a while it was just off-puttingly 'conceptual' and all that. but slowly, it's crept up on me. it really works late at night when you've been up a long time and are starting to get loopy, but aren't ready to put on something "mellow" yet.

the breakthrough definitely came when I realized that I was anticipating "Example #22" instead of wincing through it. now it's fun! still not wild about the spoken bits, but "Born, Never Asked" is great.

"Sweaters" is just almost this tremendous pop song, I kinda want to cover it and normalize it. "O Superman" has all the entrancing qualities of really good house music without all the big thumping beats distracting you from the good stuff.

then again, I might be just going through a momentary change of heart because I'm up all night working on a paper and it's just suddenly clicking with me. i dunno.

Al (sitcom), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 05:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

O Superman.....O dud....

SplendidMullet (iamamonkey), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 06:13 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Ridiculously classic. And I mean that literally.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 06:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

One of the best records ever made.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 08:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

hahahaha.

geeta (geeta), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 08:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

:-)

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 08:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Absolute unadulterated classic.

Genius.

russ t, Wednesday, 23 April 2003 09:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Simply extraordinary, but the United states box set is even better

harveyw (harveyw), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 11:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

how does it compare to 'sharkey's revenge'?

Fabrice (Fabfunk), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 11:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I no longer love -- the way you hold your pens, and pen-cils.

...but i love that record.

christoff (christoff), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 12:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Classic

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 13:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Classic simply for my (50 y.o.) dad picking it up in the record store and saying, oh! I've been meaning to get this for years!

teeny (teeny), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 14:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hmm. I've got mixed feelings. My instinct is to say CLASSIC!!! because Laurie Anderson is awesome, and she's totally hot (even in her fifties), and "From the Air" is ridiculously good (one of my mix-tape faves), and I love that "O Superman" became a hit in the UK, and the album cover is gorgeous. But I also think that "O Superman" is too long -- it only starts to get good toward the end -- and a couple of songs seem a little too fragmented, or don't follow through on their potential. Still, better than her late eighties stuff.

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 14:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

a brilliant record... i'm still surprised to hear that music so conceptual and brainy spawned a radio hit... (even if for novelty reasons.)

m.

msp, Wednesday, 23 April 2003 14:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

what else is good to check out next? Mister Heartbreak?

Al (sitcom), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 14:56 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The 2-CD best-of, sadly, is a dud. Apart from the United States-era stuff, the only songs that stand out are these recent spoken word numbers, with eerie synth washes and tribal drumming. But Peter Gabriel duets are Dud City.

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 15:04 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I love it. "Let x=x" 4ever.

slutsky (slutsky), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 15:16 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The next thing to check out is definitely the United States Box Set. And, although I'm going to upset the purists, I really did love "The Ugly One With The Jewels."

maria b (maria b), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 15:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Maria, I guess "The Ugly One" is the spoken-word stuff I was referencing. Yeah, I like it.

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 15:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I really did love "The Ugly One With The Jewels."

I adore that album.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 16:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

ladies and gentlemen - Alex in NYC's wildcard!

hstencil, Wednesday, 23 April 2003 16:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Is liking Laurie Anderson such a big stretch? I'd have thought appreciating Cat Stevens would've turned more heads.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 16:55 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'm kinda surprised, Alex.

hstencil, Wednesday, 23 April 2003 16:55 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I always thought it was kinda cliche'd. Seemed like it was written by a High School English teacher.

dave225 (Dave225), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 17:03 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I thought that The Ugly One... was actually more of a return to form (pleasing the purists), and it is her most similar album to the monumental United States Live. The one that upset the purists the most was definitely Strange Angels - (duet with Bobby McFerrin! Actual singing!). For the record, I think Strange Angels is pretty solid, and United States Live is one of my favorite things ever.

When I ran for vice president of my high school, I started off my speech (to the entire student body) by explaining what the Burroughs quote "Language is a virus from outer space" meant. Despite this, I still got elected! No lie. I also dressed up as Laurie on the Big Science cover for "Dress up as your favorite musician" day at school (liquid paper applied to sunglasses).

The 2-CD anthology looks like a rip. I think there's only one rarity on it ("Walk the Dog").

Ernest P. (ernestp), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 17:09 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

classic. yes it's contrived, but so much that it's all the way out the other end weird again. she's got such incredible control over her voice, she wins you over in seconds. my favorite of all time is 'mister heartbreak' though. it's just got so many little details, it's her masterpiece, a beautiful, undervalued record.

her tracks on 'you're the guy I want to spend my money with' (split with william burroughs and john giorno, both contributing spoken word) is even weirder than 'big science', worth hunting down for sure. the song 'dr. miller' is brilliant. I love the 'united states' box set but it's not something you throw on every day.

After that, things just get dull. 'Home of the Brave' is the soundtrack to a concert film, an okay film that compiles the previous 8 years but taken as an album it's sporadic at best. 'Strange Angels', way too overproduced, shame on Mike Thorne. Some nice songs but too much glossy discomfort. 'Bright Red', well as if anyone's expecting Brian Eno to do anything interesting ever again, but even the few things that seem like 'songs' come off a bit pointless. I heard the albums since then have continued the pattern.

milton, Wednesday, 23 April 2003 17:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

alex has a good taste. the only thing i don't understand about it is this kj fixation. not that i know them but after 39 fucking years of listening to music, and often quite strange music, i still don't see any reason whatsoever to listen to kj. that must have been some kind of nostalgic thing. like me listening to selling england by the pound when i was 14.

btw i listened to strange angels a couple of days ago. it hasn't aged well. and i loved it so mucu in 89. but the benjamin song is still fucking awesome. especially for the lyrics.

the spoken word record is great afair.

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 18:13 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

alex has a good taste. the only thing i don't understand about it is this kj fixation. not that i know them but after 39 fucking years of listening to music, and often quite strange music, i still don't see any reason whatsoever to listen to kj. that must have been some kind of nostalgic thing. like me listening to selling england by the pound when i was 14.

Thanks, Alex....I guess. My fondness for Killing Joke is admittedly often over-emphasized for comedic effect here on ILM, but I do legitimately adore their music, and there are precious few artists whose music affects me in the same, visceral manner. Moreover, Killing Joke have indulged in more than a few styles along the way, so might I suggest giving them another shot. Just a thought.

Back on topic, Laurie's Ugly One album is not only great listening as a "spoken word" album, but it's also a compelling piece of ambient sound as well, beyond the narrative. Her very voice acts as an instrument. She tends to speak in a meter/timbre that is virtually hypnotic, I find.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 18:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, I'll agree with that, Alex. I just couldn't remember the name of it, so I had to describe it somehow :)

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 18:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I tell ya, one of the best things that I've ever heard from Laurie was contained on the Giorno poetry Systems compilation, "You're The Guy I Want To Share My Money With." I forgot when it came out, or even if it's still in print, but she shares the bill with W.S. Burroughs and John Girono. Classic stuff. "Closed Circuit." ::swoons::

maria b (maria b), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 18:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

got me interested in 'ugly one' now...

the 'faraway, so close' soundtrack has two wonderful acoustic arrangements of 'tightrope' and 'speak my language', much better than the versions of 'bright red'.

'you're the guy' did make it to CD... if you're into 'big science' you'll really want a copy...

milton, Wednesday, 23 April 2003 19:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Big Science is classic. Am In the only person here who also really likes Strange Angels? I thought the glossiness was part ofthe whole intent and charm of the project, including Laurie's voice lessons to get the words across even clearer.

so many moons ago I was briefly a nanny for a 3 year old, Vivienne. Whenever I put on Big Science she would get up during x=x, walk over to the speakers and start dancing. (this is also a kid whose favorite song that she'd sing while playing with legos or crayons was "Jane Says")

H (Heruy), Wednesday, 23 April 2003 21:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...
Revived to weigh in and say absolute classic. Imho, it's all about her incredible charisma and voice. I'm kind of surprised that noone really mentioned "It Tango." The final line of the record being "Your eyes...It's a day's work just to look in to them," is just about perfect.

I also dig Ugly One... and never get on a plane without it if for no other reason than the one about the woman who is flying for the first time and thinks the lights from the cities below are stars.

rainman (rainman), Friday, 16 January 2004 18:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

this record is an absolute classic but, in hindsight, I think it's the only release of hers that stands up through and through. Bits of Mr. Heartbreak are good (Blue Lagoon) but the production dated badly (unlike the Big Science production which, though dated, still sounds good).

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Friday, 16 January 2004 18:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

A cassette copy of Big Science is especially classic.

christoff (christoff), Friday, 16 January 2004 18:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Classic, but Ugly One with the Jewels and Mister Heartbreak are better. And if she is ever performing in your town, do whatever it takes to see her. Quit your job and break up with your mate if you have to.

Was it The State or Kids in the Hall that had a skit about a cheerleader that made cheers Laurie Anderson-style? Also classic.

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Friday, 16 January 2004 20:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

And if she is ever performing in your town, do whatever it takes to see her. Quit your job and break up with your mate if you have to.

My girlfriend almost left me because I took her to the horrible cheesefest Moby Dick thing on the night she got laid off. Although i suspect that was LA's nadir.

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Friday, 16 January 2004 20:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

point, counterpoint!

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Saturday, 17 January 2004 03:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

christoff otm!

s1ocki (slutsky), Saturday, 17 January 2004 03:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I will say that her other solo performances that I saw were excellent and I really wish I'd seen her just after 9/11 because those sounded quite interesting.

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Saturday, 17 January 2004 03:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
I'm surprised that everyone's dissing Bright Red. I might be biased since it was the first one I got, but I still consider it her best.

Baaderoni (Fabfunk), Monday, 14 June 2004 14:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The one on Bright Red where she says she has trouble breathing with "this damned gas mask on" is great...

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Monday, 14 June 2004 14:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
I just ordered Mister Heartbreak, on a whim. Strange Angels was always my favorite. I don't get the complaints that it's overproduced: ghostly synths over Graceland-esque rhythm tracks.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 18 April 2007 01:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Has anybody got the Big Science reissue? How does it sound?

What about the new recording of Big Science on the single with Lou?

In case nobody knows what I'm talking about:

PITCHFORK

Laurie Anderson's art-rock classic Big Science is 25, and to celebrate, Nonesuch are saving the candles and reissuing the thing instead. But that's not all: according to Uncut, Laurie, along with her pals Lou Reed and Antony Hegarty (of "and the Johnsons" fame), recorded a new version of the record's title track for a Big Science 2 EP. The EP also features a remastered version of "O Superman" from the Big Science LP. Both are due in the UK July 16. UPDATE: THEY WILL BE OUT JULY 17 IN THE U.S.

Laurie also has a few tour dates on the way in Spain and Portugal, which we'll get to after the tracklists.

Big Science 2:

01 Big Science [ft. Lou Reed and Anthony Hagerty]
02 O Superman

Big Science:

01 From the Air
02 Big Science
03 Sweaters
04 Walking and Falling
05 Born Never Asked
06 O Superman
07 Example #22
08 Let X = X
09 It Tango
10 Walk the Dog
11 O Superman

Small tour:

07-13 Braga, Portugal - Theatro Circo
07-15 Lisbon, Portugal - Culturgest
07-17 Madrid, Spain - Festival Veranos de la Villa

flamingrev, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 06:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I don't like the idea of bonus tracks after "It Tango". Totally beside the point.

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 08:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

was not into Big Science the first few times I heard it, but it clicked with me big time recently ... suddenly what seemed like self conscious quirk turned into something beautiful and haunting. Not sure how it happened but it did. Curious to know what the context for this was -- did people see her as like, a female David Byrne? Kind of disappointed that this isn't a more expansive reissue -- aren't there a bunch of uncollected pre-BIg Science tunes out there?

tylerw, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 15:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I hadn't heard any news about the reissue, but that's exciting. I actually just heard this record for the first time a few weeks ago, after finding a used vinyl copy. The spoken word bits put me off at first, but by the end of the album I thought it was all pretty awesome. I had a similar feeling to: suddenly what seemed like self conscious quirk turned into something beautiful and haunting

Mark Clemente, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 15:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yeah, it makes me think of the effect David Lynch's best stuff ... Laurie's aesthetic is different obviously, but there's a similar thing going on -- where weirdness is expected but actual emotion and truth isn't. So when that emotion comes through, it's the equivalent of a gut punch. If that makes sense.

tylerw, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 15:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I think the bonus tracks just play on computer or something like that.

Big Science songs are excerpts from a larger work called United States. This has only been released in a live version that is 4 CD's long. I've always assumed that because part of her job description is Performance Artist, that the live version of this is how it is meant to be heard.

I've never felt compelled to brave a 4 cd Laurie Anderson album.

flamingrev, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 16:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

You guys are making a strong case for me to relisten to it. Since I don't own Home of the Brave, I gotta say that BS is my least favoritie eighties Anderson: lots of good ideas, fascinating synth textures, and such, but the music and spoken-word stuff rarely interfaces meaningfully. Like I said upthread, Strange Angels is her real masterwork.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 16:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink

wait till you hear Strange Angels.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 28 December 2007 00:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

no, that album sucks.

akm, Friday, 28 December 2007 00:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

yes that album is terrible

Milton Parker, Friday, 28 December 2007 00:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://www.oddjokes.com/images/Deaf%20Child.jpg

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 28 December 2007 00:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

why is it so terrible??

Surmounter, Friday, 28 December 2007 00:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

i'm sorry you have lost your hearing.

but really, I don't know what it is about that album that anyone likes. it's a pop move by her, and a really hamfisted one at that. the subtleties that made big science compelling (and which surmounter is responding to) are absent. and as a pop move, the songs should be better. but laurie can't really "sing", and the tunes aren't very good. the best thing about the whole record is the very opening of the title track, and it goes downhill from there. when this record was released i was very excited to hear it, and it was maybe the most disappointing album experience I've ever had.

akm, Friday, 28 December 2007 00:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

i suspected that's what you meant. that is disappointing, b/c i hear slight pop moves on this album that could potentially become something bigger.

intrigued to hear it. maybe i'll get that next and get it out of the way.

Surmounter, Friday, 28 December 2007 01:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

context is key -- I bought it the day it came out and expectations were too high, first studio album of all new songs in four years (Home of the Brave only half counts). dozens of guest musicians on almost every track, really ornate 80's production, and she'd been taking voice lessons to tackle some more traditional approaches to singing. some beautiful melodies & lyrics but its pop aim is very wide & all my favorite moments on the record are the few seconds where she lets herself fall back into her speaking tone, that voice. I like the title track & "Ramon", so I shouldn't say terrible as much as 'not my favorite' which would be Mister Heartbreak

"Blue" Gene Tyranny plays on a few tracks of Strange Angels though, can't be all bad

Milton Parker, Friday, 28 December 2007 01:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

I don't know what it is about that album that anyone likes.

Dear sir,

You are a dick, and your ear is of tin.

Sincerely,

Bakithi Kumalo

rogermexico., Friday, 28 December 2007 01:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

Also, there is "Ramon".

rogermexico., Friday, 28 December 2007 01:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

and "Babydoll"! and "My Eyes," which is the most gorgeous song she's ever written and talk-sung!

Milton Parker comes closest to nailing the circumstances under which the album was recorded; but where he's closest to the non-pop moments I find its movements towards a wider word at once thrilling and fragile. I'm possibly tainted by having heard Strange Angels before the others, so that Big Science and even Mister Heartbreak seemed stilted and arch. The title track and "The Dream Before" encapsulate everything worth preserving about her after "O Superman" -- intelligent, buoyant, and moving.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 28 December 2007 05:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

*a wider world

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 28 December 2007 05:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm still in the

Laurie Anderson songs < Laurie Anderson spoken word performance

camp.

Eric H., Friday, 28 December 2007 06:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

But as far as Strange Angels go, "The Dream Before" is pretty nice.

Eric H., Friday, 28 December 2007 06:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

Alfred, I'd heard Big Science and Mister Heartbreak prior and I love Strange Angels. I don't know who these crazy people are!

rogermexico., Friday, 28 December 2007 08:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

For a grander Big Science-era fix, you should really get United States Live next (Strange Angels is also great, but entirely different). Avoid Mr. Heartbreak unless you're a devoted Gabriel/Bush nut.

Ioannis, Friday, 28 December 2007 09:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

i do feel the possibility of Bush here. and of course, i am a Bush not. As for GAbriel, not so much yet.

Surmounter, Friday, 28 December 2007 14:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

i don't know, it doesn't register with me at all. i'd say go for Bright Red before that, it works better on the whole. not that I listen to it that much either (I do like the duet with Lou Reed)

akm, Friday, 28 December 2007 15:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

oops *Bush nut =)

Surmounter, Friday, 28 December 2007 15:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

I wish I had been here for more Laurie Talk. Did anyone mention Bright Red? I stick by Big Science, but that's got some great bits on it. "Did she fall or was she pushed"

I know, right?, Friday, 28 December 2007 17:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

dicks don't have ears

nabisco, Friday, 28 December 2007 17:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

although I suppose you could hook a little tin one on there

nabisco, Friday, 28 December 2007 17:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

Why do people always get so abusive on this board. It's not fox hunting y'know. That's right nabisco, turn the other cheek!

I know, right?, Friday, 28 December 2007 17:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

i don't even know what just happened

Surmounter, Friday, 28 December 2007 17:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

I never know what just happened. How're you doin' on the album now?

I know, right?, Friday, 28 December 2007 17:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

this album? it's very good! i'm totally into it. i think my fav song is Ex. 22, not necessarily b/c it's the poppiest, just cuz it's nice and cohesive.

Surmounter, Friday, 28 December 2007 17:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

Mine is Let X=X. This always reminds me of the room I lived in in first year in College, I listened to this and Matmos every time I was going out. Seems a bit weird now.

I know, right?, Friday, 28 December 2007 17:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

love this album. i've been listening to it for like a year now and still am not sick of it, which is pretty rare for me

n/a, Wednesday, 11 June 2008 12:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

so weird but still catchy and fun

n/a, Wednesday, 11 June 2008 12:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Lord, but "Let X=X / It Tango" is gorgeous.

Doctor Casino, Monday, 9 March 2009 00:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Your Captain says: Put your head on your knees.
Your Captain says: Put your head on your hands.
Captain says: Put your hands on your head.
Put your hands on your hips.

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 11 January 2010 21:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

let x=x is still the sound of the first room i lived in when i went to college

plaxico (I know, right?), Monday, 11 January 2010 21:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

I haven't done an A/B comparison but my instinct was that all these tracks were better on the huge "United State Live" box.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 02:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

been listening to this alot lately myself for some reason, it seems to always be relevant, somehow

akm, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 03:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

30 y/o today

y'tulip, y'pea-brained earwig (donna rouge), Monday, 23 April 2012 19:08 (six years ago) Permalink

"Gee you look terrible for your age." -- Rose Nylund

jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Monday, 23 April 2012 19:18 (six years ago) Permalink

your mouth
your eyes
the way
you hold
your pens
and pen
cils

i no longer love it

their private gesture for bison (difficult listening hour), Monday, 23 April 2012 19:26 (six years ago) Permalink

I haven't done an A/B comparison but my instinct was that all these tracks were better on the huge "United State Live" box.

in no case is this true

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Monday, 23 April 2012 19:26 (six years ago) Permalink

probably one of my favorite albums of all time, have yet to hear another laurie anderson album that i really like :/

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 23 April 2012 19:31 (six years ago) Permalink

o superman came on from some old mix CD this weekend while i was driving around with my 2 1/2 year old.
"what is she saying?!" "what is that sound!?"

tylerw, Monday, 23 April 2012 19:36 (six years ago) Permalink

neither snow nor rain
nor gloom of night
shall stay these couriers
from the swift completion
of their appointed rounds

tits or kitfo (get bent), Monday, 23 April 2012 20:23 (six years ago) Permalink

have yet to hear another laurie anderson album that i really like :/

^^^ what I think about Strange Angels although I like lots of her other albums.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 23 April 2012 20:26 (six years ago) Permalink

The Ugly One with the Jewels appeals to the kid in me who still loves storytime.

jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Monday, 23 April 2012 20:27 (six years ago) Permalink

haven't heard it, but You're the Guy I Want to Share My Money With is a great title

Mad God 40/40 (Z S), Monday, 23 April 2012 20:28 (six years ago) Permalink

Mr. Heartbreak is mostly killer, a little filler.

Anyway, the O Superman video is sort of shockingly effective to me today given its age and the technology involved: http://vimeo.com/3610524

Three Word Username, Monday, 23 April 2012 20:37 (six years ago) Permalink

I haven't done an A/B comparison but my instinct was that all these tracks were better on the huge "United State Live" box.

in no case is this true

Well then, you've forced me to do said comparison!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 23 April 2012 22:12 (six years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

'o superman' is wonderful. but not enough is said about the title track. sometimes certain parts will hit me out of nowhere - "Every man for himself.
Golden cities. Golden towns."

"Thanks for the ride. Big Science. Hallelujah. Big Science. Yodellayheehoo

Karl Malone, Sunday, 11 February 2018 06:46 (six months ago) Permalink

It's the best, along with "Let X=X / It Tango"

startled macropod (MatthewK), Sunday, 11 February 2018 09:04 (six months ago) Permalink

Here's a man who lives a life of danger.
Everywhere he goes he stays -
a stranger.
Howdy stranger. Mind if I smoke?

startled macropod (MatthewK), Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:44 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqCJkzyYwCM

love

Eris (Ross), Saturday, 31 March 2018 04:11 (four months ago) Permalink


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