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Laurie Anderson - Life On A String album

Laurie Anderson - Life On A String album
Performer: Laurie Anderson
Genre: Electro
Title: Life On A String
FLAC album size: 1353
Style: Experimental
Country: US
Released: 2001

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Life on a String is the seventh studio album by performance artist Laurie Anderson, released in 2001 on Nonesuch Records. One of Anderson's predominantly musical (as opposed to spoken-word) albums, Life on a String was recorded at the Lobby Studios in New York City under the musical direction of Skúli Sverrisson, and produced by Anderson and Hal Willner. Guest musicians on the album include Van Dyke Parks, Mocean Worker, Mitchell Froom and Lou Reed.

One Beautiful Evening, 12. Life On A String. More albums from Laurie Anderson: Heart Of A Dog by Laurie Anderson. Home Of The Brave by Laurie Anderson. United States Live by Laurie Anderson. Homeland by Laurie Anderson. Rien Dans Les Poches by Laurie Anderson. Strange Angels by Laurie Anderson. Mister Heartbreak by Laurie Anderson. Big Science by Laurie Anderson. View all albums .

Composed By – Laurie Anderson (tracks: 1 to 5, 7 to 12). Engineer – Martin Brumbach. Engineer – Bob Brockmann, Dante DeSole, Josiah Gluck, Laurie Anderson. Executive Producer – David Bither. Lyrics By – Laurie Anderson. Mastered By – Robert C. Ludwig. Mixed By – Bob Brockman (tracks: 1, 3 to 9, 11, 12), Martin Brumbach (tracks: 2, 10).

Band Name Laurie Anderson. Album Name Life on a String. 版公司 Elektra Records Nonesuch Records. 11. One Beautiful Evening. 12. Other productions from Laurie Anderson. Live at Town Hall: New York City, September 19–20, 2001.

Only for completionists (0%). The title says it all. Creepy that this one should come out shortly before the 9/11/01 attacks. As much as I have enjoyed the quirkier stuff from early on, this album seems much more refined Acoustic instruments dominate the album. One White Whale - odd opening vocal, then very peaceful. The Island Where I Come From - takes you to the Caribbean

Did Anderson’s fans enjoy LIFE ON A STRING as much as the critics? Well, here’s hoping so, since it took nine years for her to release her next studio album, HOMELAND! Thankfully, she’s moving a little quicker of late: her new album with the Kronos Quartet, LANDFALL, was released earlier this year, which means it was only eight years between albums this time.

2001's Life on a String is a peculiar entry in Laurie Anderson's career, in that elements of it echo her previous work without sounding much like anything she's done before. In particular, the album has ties both to 1982's Big Science (like that album, Life on a String largely consists of songs taken from a much larger work, her musical theater piece Moby Dick) and 1989's Strange Angels (it returns to the more musical side of her style, which had been largely abandoned on her two '90s releases). In its favor, the sound is a new and intriguing development for Anderson; an accomplished violin player who previously had only used the instrument pretty much as a prop, Anderson fills all of these songs with front-and-center string sections that provide an entirely different texture for her usual meandering melodies.

Despite her forbidding performance-art reputation, Laurie Anderson is a singer-songwriter of crushing poignance - a minimalist painter of melancholy moods who addresses universal themes in the vernacular of the commonplace. She's at her best on Life on a String, her first studio album in seven years. Horns dance like Mardi Gras revelers through "The Island Where I Come From," and Van Dyke Parks' daring string arrangement imbues "Dark Angel" with impish humor. But the overall tone is sparse, haunted, intimate.

Homeland (2 CD). Audio CD. EUR 21,42.

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 One White Whale
Backing Vocals – John Kelly Percussion – Joey BaronVocals – Tom NelisVocals, Keyboards – Laurie Anderson
2 The Island Where I Come From
Arco Bass – Greg CohenBass, Organ – Skúli SverrissonPercussion – Mino CineluPercussion, Handclaps – Danny FrankelSaxophone – Chris SpeedTape [Open Loop] – David TornTrumpet – Cuong VuVocals – Laurie Anderson
3 Pieces And Parts
Bass – Skúli SverrissonCello – Erik FriedlanderKeyboards, Mellotron, Accordion [Claviola] – Mitchell FroomViolin – Eyvind KangVocals, Keyboards – Laurie Anderson
4 Here With You
Bass – Skúli SverrissonCello – Erik FriedlanderViolin – Laurie Anderson
5 Slip Away
Bass – Skúli SverrissonCello – Erik FriedlanderDrums – Joey BaronHuqin [Baritone Banhu] – LihengKeyboards, Percussion – Peter SchererStrings, Keyboards [Additional] – Jamshied SharifiVocals, Keyboards – Laurie Anderson
6 My Compensation
Composed By, Percussion [Programming] – Skúli SverrissonTurntables, Tape [Samples] – Hal WillnerVocals – Laurie Anderson
7 Dark Angel
Arranged By [Strings], Conductor, Keyboards – Van Dyke ParksCello – Fredrick Zlotkin*, Jeanne LeBlancConcertmaster – Elena BarereCopyist – Dwight MikkelsenDouble Bass [Bass] – Timothy Cobb*Tape [Samples] – Hal WillnerViola – Judith Wilmer*, Karen Dreyfus, Sue Pray, Vincent LiontiViolin – Ann Leathers, Barry Finclair, Carol Webb, Ellen Payne, Enrico DiCecco*, Heidi Modr, Jan Mullen, Jean Ingram*, Joel Pitchon, Jonathan Dinklage, Ricky Sortomme*Vocals – Laurie Anderson
8 Broken
Bass, Bass [High] – Skúli SverrissonDrums – Joey BaronKeyboards – Peter SchererMellotron, Electric Piano [Wurlitzer] – Mitchell FroomViolin – Laurie Anderson
9 Washington Street
Bass – Skúli SverrissonBells – Ben RubinDrums – Joey BaronGuitar – Bill FrisellVocals, Keyboards, Violin – Laurie Anderson
10 Statue Of Liberty
Bass, Performer [Sounds] – Skúli SverrissonCello – Erik FriedlanderVocals, Keyboards, Violin, Gong – Laurie Anderson
11 One Beautiful Evening
Arranged By [Percussion] – Martin BrumbachBass, Performer [Sounds] – Skúli SverrissonGuitar – Lou ReedMellotron – Mitchell FroomPercussion [Beats], Keyboards – Mocean WorkerPercussion [Box-o-toys] – Danny FrankelVocals – Laurie Anderson
12 Life On A String
Bass, Guitar [Bowed], Keyboards – Skúli SverrissonKeyboards – Peter SchererKeyboards, Percussion, Vocals – Laurie AndersonPercussion – Vinicius Cantuaria*


  • Artwork – Barbara De Wilde
  • Co-producer [Musical Direction] – Skúli Sverrisson
  • Composed By – Laurie Anderson (tracks: 1 to 5, 7 to 12)
  • Engineer – Martin Brumbach
  • Engineer [Additional] – Bob Brockmann*, Dante DeSole, Josiah Gluck, Laurie Anderson
  • Executive Producer – David Bither
  • Lyrics By – Laurie Anderson
  • Mastered By – Robert C. Ludwig*
  • Mixed By – Bob Brockman* (tracks: 1, 3 to 9, 11, 12), Martin Brumbach (tracks: 2, 10)
  • Photography By – Victor Schrager
  • Photography By [Cover] – Noah Greenberg
  • Producer – Hal Willner, Laurie Anderson


Recorded at The Lobby, New York City (USA).
Additional recordings at The Magic Shop and Edison Recording, New York City (USA).
Mixed at NuMedia, New York City (USA).
Mastered at Gateway Mastering Studios (Portland, ME, USA).

Comes in a gatefold sleeve with an illustrated booklet also enclosed in a cardboard slipcase.

All compositions published by Difficult Music (BMI).

© & ℗ 2001 Nonesuch Records for the United States & WEA for the world outside the United States.

Label edge printing - Warning: Unauthorized reproduction, copying and rental of this recording is prohibited by law. ℗ 2001 Nonesuch Records, a Warner Music Group Company. Distributed by / Distribuè par Music Canada Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 075597953923
  • Matrix / Runout: #10808W08 2-79539 RE1 L382 CINRAM
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 6000
  • Label Code: 79539-2

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
795392-2 Laurie Anderson Life On A String ‎(HDCD, Album) Nonesuch 795392-2 US 2001
PRCD-300464 Laurie Anderson Life On A String ‎(CD, Promo) Nonesuch PRCD-300464 US 2001
7559-79539-2 Laurie Anderson Life On A String ‎(HDCD, Album) Nonesuch 7559-79539-2 Europe 2001
LDR 2208 Laurie Anderson Life On A String ‎(CD, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) Limited Edition LDR 2208 Russia Unknown
none Laurie Anderson Life On A String ‎(CDr, TP) WEA none US 2001


1 One White Whale 2:03
2 The Island Where I Come From 4:08
3 Pieces And Parts 3:36
4 Here With You 2:22
5 Slip Away 5:50
6 My Compensation 2:28
7 Dark Angel 3:22
8 Broken 3:19
9 Washington Street 4:41
10 Statue of Liberty 4:24
11 One Beautiful Evening 5:05
12 Life On A String 2:57


"For promotional use only"
In card wallet.

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
795392-2 Laurie Anderson Life On A String ‎(HDCD, Album) Nonesuch 795392-2 US 2001
PRCD-300464 Laurie Anderson Life On A String ‎(CD, Promo) Nonesuch PRCD-300464 US 2001
7559-79539-2 Laurie Anderson Life On A String ‎(HDCD, Album) Nonesuch 7559-79539-2 Europe 2001
LDR 2208 Laurie Anderson Life On A String ‎(CD, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) Limited Edition LDR 2208 Russia Unknown
795392-2 Laurie Anderson Life On A String ‎(HDCD, Album) Nonesuch 795392-2 Canada 2001

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