Album Reviews, Short Reviews

Laurie Anderson – Big Science (1982)


For all its experimental edges – from the off-kilter drumbeats and horn stabs of opener “From the Air” to the vocal pitch-shifting on “Example #22” – there’s something warm and comforting about Laurie Anderson’s Big Science. The two standout tracks, the title track and “O Superman”, both display a strange, beguiling ability to lull and relax whilst being every so-slightly unnerving, as if nudging one to keep listening. Minimalist though Big Science may be instrumentally, Anderson doesn’t let this detract from her cinematic musical senses, using scraps of stories and the musical tools available to produce an album that feels as visual as it is musical – unsurprising given her background as a multimedia performance artist. Kate Bush was probably listening.


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