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Editors’ Notes

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

Loving this giant album!

Everything about this album is big. Especially the brass. Whoever put St. Vincent together with David Byrne is pure genius. You can hear both of their influences on the songs. I love how their voices act like instruments…sometimes they mimic the brass, other times percussion. Faves are Ice Age, Who, Lazarus, and Lightning. I love how St. Vincent comes in just before the beat on the word "age" in Ice Age. This is what collaboration sounds like when it really works! As intellectually stimulating as this album is, it's also instantly accessible. You can pop it in, listen, and love it right away. A great buy for David Byrne and St. Vincent fans alike!

Really really really really really great

Annie and David are like peanut butter and jelly, as long as you're not allergic to nuts. Dense and extremely gratifying.


The horns, nontrivial tunes, Byrne's voice. Everything about this album is amazing!


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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