Homeland (Laurie Anderson album)

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For other uses, see Homeland (disambiguation).
Studio album by Laurie Anderson
Released June 22, 2010
Recorded 2007–2010
at Masterdisk, NYC
Genre Avant-garde
Experimental music
Pop music
Length 66:00
Label Nonesuch/Elektra Records
Producer Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed and Roma Baran
Laurie Anderson chronology
Live in New York

Singles from Homeland
  1. "Only an Expert"
    Released: 18 May 2010[1]

Homeland is the eighth studio album by Laurie Anderson. It is her first album of new material since 2001's Life on a String.

The record was produced by Anderson, Lou Reed and Roma Baran. Anderson has been touring the project since late 2007, and the album was slated for release since as early as 2008. Because the project kept changing in form, the release was pushed back several times. The final release was a two-disc set consisting of a CD of music and a DVD.

The song "Only an Expert" was released as a 12" vinyl single on May 18, 2010. A song titled "Pictures and Things" was the single's B-side.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Transitory Life" (6:52)
  2. "My Right Eye" (5:01)
  3. "Thinking of You" (4:12)
  4. "Strange Perfumes" (4:46)
  5. "Only an Expert" (7:26)
  6. "Falling" (3:19)
  7. "Another Day in America" (11:24)
  8. "Bodies in Motion" (7:10)
  9. "Dark Time in the Revolution" (5:19)
  10. "The Lake" (5:39)
  11. "The Beginning of Memory" (2:45)
  12. "Flow" (2:15)


  1. "Homeland: The Story of the Lark" (41:00)
  2. "Laurie's Violin" (7:00)




  • Directed by Braden King
  • Produced by Katie Stern Truckstop Media


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Drowned in Sound 4/5 stars link
Los Angeles Times 4/4 stars link
musicOMH 5/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media (8.3/10) link
PopMatters 4/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars link
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention) link

Nina Power, previewing the album in The Wire magazine, claimed that Homeland "reminds us why Anderson, now in her sixties, is the (modulated) voice of America's conscience."[3]

Margaret Wappler of The Los Angeles Times wrote of the album, "'Homeland' isn't so much an album as it is a poetic capturing of the still moments of a restless mind".[4]



Year Chart Position
2010 German Albums Chart 62
2010 Greek Album Charts 41


  1. ^ Only an Expert by Laurie Anderson
  2. ^ Only an Expert by Laurie Anderson
  3. ^ The Wire Magazine, UK, June 2010
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times review