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Editors’ Notes

Here Lies Love is an unlikely concept album based on the lives of the former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos and her nanny Estrella Cumpas and their divergent fates. Marcos’ fascination with the clubs and discos of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s gives Byrne and collaborator Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook) free rein to create their own dancefloor numbers. Together, they employ a wide range of female vocalists to tell their story and frame the sound for a fantastic discotheque. British singer Florence Welch opens things with the disco-fied title track. Tori Amos sings as Imelda’s mother Remedios on the sultry South-American blues of “You’ll Be Taken Care of.” Steve Earle breaks up the female block with “A Perfect Hand,” a track that leans into Earle’s country background with a piano that slowly transforms into a barroom tinkle. Cyndi Lauper excels on the electronically hopped up “Eleven Days” and on the funked-up finale with Tori Amos, “Why Don’t You Love Me?”  By the time Byrne makes his vocal appearance near the album’s end on the techno-laden “American Troglodyte,” it comes as a surprise. The man behind the scenes makes his presence known at long last.

Customer Reviews

Great songs, great performances. DiscoVery of the week.

David Byrne is no stranger to collaboration. Here, with Fat Boy Slim providing driving dance-beats, he layers rock'n'disco with art pop rock. The concept of telling a story about Imelda Marcos in a disco/opera is brave and daring. It works. There are familiar tantalizing Byrne sounds in the instruments, and the star-studded entourage of rock divas on vocals give the songs real emotional clout. Check out Cyndi Lauper & Tori Amos dueting on Why Don't You Love Me? Or Santigold on Please Don't. For a concept album there sure are a lot of great stand alone songs here. I'm not familiar with every artist, but I've begun to track them down. Sia (Never So Big) has been a rewarding find for me. American Troglodyte with Byrne on vocals is classic post Talking Heads David Byrne. Here Lies Love is an album for your feet, your heart and your head.

Concept cd that works

Standout tracks are Eleven Days (featuring Cyndi Lauper) and Why don't you love me? (featuring Tori Amos and Cyndi Lauper). Well worth downloading.

Awesome stuff

It sounds like a bizarre concept - David Byrne (ex-Talking Heads) and Fatboy Slim getting together to do a concept album/song cycle about the life of Imelda Marcos, performed by a who's who of female artists! But somehow it all works - there's some great individual songs here ('Here Lies Love', 'Please Don't', 'Never So Big') and overall it tells an interesting story. Plus it's catchy and fun, and definitely stands up to repeat listenings. Clever, inventive stuff from some clever, inventive people : )


Born: 14 May 1952 in Dumbarton, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although best known for his groundbreaking tenure fronting the new wave group Talking Heads, David Byrne also received acclaim for his adventurous solo career, encroaching upon such diverse media as world music, filmmaking, and performance art in the process. Born in Dumbarton, Scotland, on May 14, 1952, Byrne was raised in Baltimore, MD. The son of an electronics engineer, he played guitar in a series of teenage bands before attending the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, where, feeling...
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