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Love This Giant

David Byrne & St. Vincent

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This unexpected pairing of former Talking Heads leader David Byrne and St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark) is made all the more unusual by its elaborate process. Very little time was spent head to head in the studio; rather, over three years the duo composed songs via email and by Logic software. Four instrumentalists (Tony Finno, Lenny Pickett, Kelly Pratt, and Ken Thomson) crafted the elaborate horn parts that dominate the album and bring out the songs' baroque effects. Byrne and Clark alternate lead vocals and support one another when necessary. Clark's guitar explorations are seriously curtailed, while Byrne's eclectic world beat (on drum machines) and bizarre, detached polemics feel comfortably familiar. He's been exploring his remote relationship with the world since his earliest days with Talking Heads. "I Am an Ape" and "The Forest Awakes," like many of the album's best tracks, sound as if they've wandered into a mutant avant-garde rock opera. 

Customer Reviews

Great work

Excellent album, highly recommended!

Outstanding

Two words… Get it! If you have the opportunity to see these two live, don't miss it.

ApeMan

Saw them in concert before I heard the CD - Loved the Concert - Love "Love This Giant"

Biography

Born: May 14, 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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