Big Science is one of my favourite Laurie Anderson albums, possibly because it was my first encounter with her music, but mainly because of the raw simplicity underlying the technology. There can't be too many songs that include bagpipes, violin and human voice all trying to emulate each other, but Sweaters does it with gusto creating an incredibly muscial cacophany. The tremendous, thundering percussion on this track adds a dramatic dash of arrhythmia to the mix.
The CD itself contains just the original tracks, with the additional material available as CD-Rom content, as previously mentioned. This means that the CD itself is no different to the original - except that in the cleanup process, the analogue hiss was removed. Unfortunately, this has necessitated the removal of the first howl from the title track, following which there was a period of silence before the second howl and the vocals beginning. A very small edit, but it just doesn't feel right this way. On an "ideal" version of an album, it is strange to have bits removed. Interestingly, I remember Laurie herself commenting on the instruments used on her tour during the autumn of 2001 - where she added some old synths to the list of instruments used in order to add some "analogue dirt". I like the analogue dirt! I'll stick to the original version of the album, I think, and keep the new version for the O Superman video and the studio version of "Walk the dog".