IRONICALLY, ANDERSON’S LAST record, 1989’s Strange Angels, was both her most ‘feminine’-sounding and her most jouissance-free. A frilly, twittery affair, somewhere between Enya and early Kate Bush, the album was sabotaged by Anderson’s misguided attempts at proper singing. But all this is ancient history to the workaholic Anderson. Being a Warner Brothers recording artist is just one of many fronts of activity. This past year she’s been happy to let it recede into the background.
IN THE PAST, Anderson’s work has involved playing with and problematising the idea of America as the promised land, as utopia. United States is a kind of anthropological work on the folkways of American hyper-reality. Voices From The Beyond, on the other hand, marks a shift from such elliptical undoings. A lot of the talk is about "how to imagine the future. How to move towards the year 2000."
FOOTNOTE: During the interview, LA did something I've never seen another smoker do -- which is smoke Marlboro Lights, but tear the filters off before lighting up and inhaling. That would seem to undermine the Lightness rather, I'd have thought.