Home of the Brave

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
1986's Home of the Brave is the soundtrack to a film consisting of live pieces debuted during Laurie Anderson's first world tour, promoting 1984's Mister Heartbreak. Only one song from that album, a radically reworked version of the William S. Burroughs cameo "Sharkey's Night," appears here; the rest of the album is something of a return to the performance art basis of Anderson's earlier work like Big Science and United States I-IV. As a result, Home of the Brave has an oddly reheated quality to it, as if Anderson is merely going through the motions of what had gone before while incorporating snatches of the new, more musical direction she had begun exploring with Mister ...
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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
1986's Home of the Brave is the soundtrack to a film consisting of live pieces debuted during Laurie Anderson's first world tour, promoting 1984's Mister Heartbreak. Only one song from that album, a radically reworked version of the William S. Burroughs cameo "Sharkey's Night," appears here; the rest of the album is something of a return to the performance art basis of Anderson's earlier work like Big Science and United States I-IV. As a result, Home of the Brave has an oddly reheated quality to it, as if Anderson is merely going through the motions of what had gone before while incorporating snatches of the new, more musical direction she had begun exploring with Mister Heartbreak. Even the title is a self-conscious echo of United States I-IV. There are some successes here -- "Language Is a Virus" is probably the closest Anderson ever came to a real rock song, and it was a minor dancefloor and college radio hit -- but the opening "Smoke Rings" goes on too long with too little and some of the shorter pieces sound half-formed. The centerpiece track, "Talk Normal," is a hoot and has a catchy tune reminiscent of the Talking Heads' most African-influenced moments, but the ending, in which Anderson recounts an incident where she was walking down the street in her neighborhood and overheard two women dismissing her as "another one of those Laurie Anderson clones" as she passed, shows the problem with Home of the Brave: Anderson had become far too self-conscious. It wasn't surprising that Anderson took a long break after this release to reassess her place in both music and art.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992540025
  • Catalog Number: 25400

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Smoke Rings (7:00)
  2. 2 White Lily (1:16)
  3. 3 Late Show (4:30)
  4. 4 Talk Normal (5:27)
  5. 5 Language Is a Virus (4:10)
  6. 6 Radar (2:01)
  7. 7 Sharkey's Night (6:16)
  8. 8 Credit Racket (3:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Laurie Anderson Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Violin, Keyboards, Vocals, Synclavier
Daniel Ponce Percussion
Adrian Belew Guitar
Bill Laswell Bass
Nile Rodgers Synthesizer, Guitar, Keyboards, Synclavier
Tawatha Agee Background Vocals
Robert Arron Saxophone
Joy Askew Keyboards, Vocals, Moog Synthesizer
Isidro Bobadillo Percussion
Jimmy Bralower Drums
William S. Burroughs Sampling
Diane Garisto Background Vocals
Brenda White-King Background Vocals
Curtis King Background Vocals
Richard Landry Clarinet, Saxophone
Dollette McDonald Vocals
Janice Pendarvis Vocals
Robert Sabino Keyboards
Frank Simms Background Vocals
David Van Tieghem Percussion, Drums
Dolette MacDonald Vocals
Technical Credits
Laurie Anderson Sound Effects, Producer
Bill Laswell Producer, Contributor
Nile Rodgers Sound Effects, Producer
Roma Baran Producer
Knut Bohn Sound Effects
William S. Burroughs Contributor
Tom Durack Sound Effects
James Farber Engineer
Kevin Jones Synclavier Programming
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Robert Sabino Contributor
Leanne Ungar Engineer
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