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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

Its tongue in cheek and GOOD!

Its a great album with some good performers. I can't believe so many people think the music is 'honouring' the subject of the album. I think David Byrne assumed a little more intellegence on behalf of the listener. Its tongue in cheek, and certainly does not honour the woman, just like the musical 'The Producers' certainly does not honour the Nazis. Its intersting as a subject to look at the story of a 'tyrant' in more detail than just a newsreel. David Byrne is intersted in the strange detail of this woman. Thats not endorsing her at all!

Here Lies Love

Its an amazing album, with different vocalists, each with different talents to their voice and its a very well put together album, and the song here lies love which features florence, is a MUST MUST MUST have single, so the album is definitly worth buying, trust me!

Is this a joke?

I must be missing something here but for the life of me I can not figure out what. This sounds like it was put together in an afternoon using a bunch of Apple Loops (the ones that come free with Garage Band and Logic). To have this much talent on one album with such a poor outcome is nothing short of sad. Surely someone must have pointed this out somewhere along the way. I can't even say I hate this, it's just glaringly average and instantly forgettable.

Biography

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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