Anderson has just released her first studio album in 10 years, titled Homeland. She says one of its main themes is control; even the album's title examines it.
"['Homeland' is] not a word that Americans use," Anderson says. "No one would say 'my homeland' — it's just so sentimental. This record was started in the Bush era and went over the cusp into Obama, and I appreciated how story-savvy the Bush administration was to put a sentimental, gooey, homey word like 'homeland' next to 'bureau' and 'security.' "
Head over to NPR to hear the interview and stream Homeland in its entirety.
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