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Here Lies Love (Deluxe Version)

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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

iTubes, Tear Down This Album!

This is very dangerous music here. Pop music should be about love and sex, not about politics or history. These tunes could cause people to think for themselves, and could empower women beyond their ordained place in society. The only political use that Pop music should have is to coerce detainees to confess--and this stuff is too melodic and complex to be blared at maximum levels. iTubes should remove this music before it influences someone to develop complicated perspectives, which is antithetical to the American cultural landscape. Everyone who worked on this album needs to be arrested and re-educated.

My favorite bizarre cultural artifact of 2010 so far.....

Great vocalists, two talented producers, and an Imelda Marcos/gay torchsong/Limelight NYC aesthetic. Surprisingly, Santogold's track is the weakest on the album IMHO, while Cyndi Lauper's and Sharon Jones' are the best.

Can we have more like this?

In the era of ringtone attention span- David Byrne and Fatboy Slim have crafted a modern opera that is absolutely mesmerizing. Be sure to buy the deluxe version, complete with videos and a detailed booklet.


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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