AOTY 2018
Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet - Landfall
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #95 / 702
User Score
Based on 56 ratings
2018 Ratings: #208
February 16, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Nonesuch / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

While it may be inspired by Sandy's fallout, Landfall's reach runs to a sea of loss, chaos, and confusion. It's an elemental mystery of quietly epic proportions made exceptional through clarity of thought and feeling.

85
The Line of Best Fit
There is a profound sense of loss, not only physical, and awe turning to desperation as the energy develops and the quiet gives way to agitated rhythms from the quartet as the recognition of the wreckage takes hold. Anderson ensures that the daily ordinariness of everyday life and conversation is never fully recessed, as her narration swings between descriptions that are real, then surreal and then overwhelming.
83
GIGsoup
The results are better than we could have hoped for.
80
The Guardian
The composer’s song cycle on the 2015 storm that devastated New York has the power to make us shiver with empathy.
80
The Independent
Her text muses on things swept away – dreams, memories, old equipment, extinct animals – while the music, some drawn from pieces they’d been working on for years, has retrospectively acquired storm-specific titles, echoing the way that floods literally place things in different contexts.
80
God Is in the TV

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

80
musicOMH
It’s a hard-hitting, ambitious album that only serves to further consolidate the reputations of all involved.
77
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.

70
Spectrum Culture

Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet are two names frequently associated with the experimental, yet their first collaboration with each other, Landfall, is by their standards conventional.

NR
Amazing work, You can feel every moment of music, the feels are real in this one
abdcorner
84
Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet have created a haunting, mysterious, and always tipping on the edge of comfort record with their collaborative work "Landfall." Electronic sounds, beats, and noises beautifully intertwine with the Kronos Quartet's minimalist stringed arrangements, as does Anderson, on occasion, with her realist and surrealist passages about Hurricane Sandy. To say that I enjoy one track over another would result in the failure to see this work as a unified, ... read more
Doofy
NR
A little obsessed with the album centerpiece here - 'Nothing Left but their Names'. I'm feeling apocalyptic and so having an Ent muse about time, dinosaurs, yoga class, human language and our impending extinction just appeals.

Far worse ways you could spend 10 minutes today than spinning that tune...
70
Truly haunting. Ambitious and ephemeral as we could have hoped.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#56/PopMatters
#61/Uncut
#82/The Quietus

Track List

  1. CNN Predicts a Monster Storm
  2. Wind Whistles Through the Dark City
  3. The Water Rises
  4. Our Street Is a Black River
  5. Galaxies
  6. Darkness Falls
  7. Dreams
  8. Dreams Translated
  9. The Dark Side
  10. Built You a Mountain
  11. The Electricity Goes out and We Move to a Hotel
  12. We Learn to Speak yet Another Language
  13. Dawn of the World
  14. The Wind Lifted the Boats and Left Them on the Highway
  15. It Twisted the Street Signs
  16. Then It Receded
  17. The Nineteen Stars of Heaven
  18. Nothing Left but Their Names
  19. All the Extinct Animals
  20. Galaxies II
  21. Never What You Think It Will Be
  22. Thunder Continues in the Aftermath
  23. We Blame Each Other for Losing the Way
  24. Another Long Evening
  25. Riding Bicycles Through the Muddy Streets
  26. Helicopters Hang Over Downtown
  27. We Head Out
  28. Everything Is Floating
  29. Gongs and Bells Sing
  30. Old Motors and Helicopters
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