While it was O’ Superman that struck a chord with me when Laurie Anderson first hit the scene, it was her follow up album Mister Heartbreak that climbed to the stratosphere on so many levels. The crisp album with an Avant guard edge blended with pop leanings of the early 80’s features a number of outstanding luminaries of the time. Angular guitar work by King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew accentuates this album most notably on “Sharkey's Day.” Bill Laswell’s bass work grinds deeply into the bottom and Peter Gabriel’s duet with Anderson on “Excellent Birds” takes to flight with an airiness that elevates this song to one of my all-time favorites. I enjoy the heavy reliance on synthesizers which had become common in music of that era and thankfully so well executed here. This music has never become a cliché making it another fantastic addition to my Desert Island collection. Yet this album would not be complete if it weren’t for the closing track “Sharkey's Night” which featurs the legendary William S. Burroughs and is a genius bookend to Anderson’s must have release.
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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.