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Cover of Talk Normal: The Laurie Anderson Anthology (disc 1)

From Talk Normal: The Laurie Anderson Anthology (disc 1) and 11 other releases

One line summary: It’s a classic, though many disagree!

This track uses very simple music yet succeeds to convey emotion.

The metronomic “Ha” vocalisation is too fast to represent a heartbeat, but the theme does seem to suggest that it could be just that - or the heartbeat of a nation dazzled by comic book heroes.

The lyrics are interesting too, but you could be forgiven for not keeping track as they’re delivered quite slowly… They seem to tell the story of a naive/wide-eyed populace, swept along by consumerism - not noticing that their tax dollars are being used to create a monster designed to rule the rest of the world. A loving, giving country on the one hand - giving its inhabitants comfort and hope, yet on the other, a mighty war machine which is set to devour freedom.

Some say that this is an amazing piece of pop art which has deep philosophical and political meaning.

Some say it’s eight and a half minutes of beeps and attention seeking.

What do you think?

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