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Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet


First collaboration between the experimental performance artist and the San Francisco string quartet is inspired by Anderson’s experience of Hurricane Sandy

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  1. 9.0 |   All Music

    It's an elemental mystery of quietly epic proportions made exceptional through clarity of thought and feeling
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  2. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    You might not have thought to put Anderson and Kronos Quartet together, but they did think of it, and the results are, in both the philosophical and the colloquial senses, sublime
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  3. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Beautifully-measured collaboration between two venerable avant garde artists
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  4. 8.3 |   Gig Soup

    Beauty, magic and catastrophe. All those elements are in “Landfall”, but arranged in the best way possible
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  5. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Landfall is a humourous, magnetic, and heart-breaking album, and paved with the kind of pathos that could make even TV’s Mr Tumble feel a little flat
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  6. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Her text muses on things swept away – dreams, memories, old equipment, extinct animals – while the music echoing the way that floods literally place things in different contexts
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  7. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Landfall is a welcome and fitting addition to both artist’s canons, which in itself is very high praise
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  8. 8.0 |   music OMH

    It’s a hard-hitting, ambitious album that only serves to further consolidate the reputations of all involved
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  9. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The composer’s song cycle on the 2015 storm that devastated New York has the power to make us shiver with empathy
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  10. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    Laurie Anderson’s collaboration with the San Francisco-based string quartet presents a powerful, elegiac cycle of songs that show how human memory can be stronger than catastrophe
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  11. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Anderson’s detached and fraying vocals capture the sense of fate marching mankind toward a cliff
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  12. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Landfall is an electro-acoustic patchwork of mostly short, mournful, quietly lovely mood pieces. Print edition only

  13. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    As an exercise in soundscaping it doesn’t miss a trick, but unless you’re a fan of determined, freak-out violins, it might have limited interest
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