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Love This Giant

David Byrne, David Byrne & St. Vincent Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (10 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4AD.
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,021 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Who 3:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Weekend In The Dust 3:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dinner For Two 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Ice Age 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I Am An Ape 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Forest Awakes 4:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Should Watch TV 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lazarus 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Optimist 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Lightning 4:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The One Who Broke Your Heart 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Outside Of Space And Time 4:180.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

The prospect of a collaboration between David Byrne and St Vincent’s Annie Clark is an enticing one. Byrne, one of the late 20th century’s most artful musical alchemists – from Talking Heads and on through his solo music, film, art and theatrical works – meets a woman feted as much for the ingenuity of her arrangements as for her swoon of a voice. Potentially, a perfect cerebral pop pairing, but has the end product lived up to expectations?

It would appear, wonderfully, so. Chiefly constructed around brass band instrumentation, the pair manages to avoid the staid conservatism that this might suggest, instead imbuing Weekend in the Dust, Dinner for Two and Lightning with a rhythmic slink that is more indebted to funk and afrobeat than it is to Sousa or a Colliery Band. Ice Age’s jerk-funk rhythms exemplify the stylish, under-your-skin groove that informs the whole album.

Combined with this is the pleasing combination of the two protagonists’ vocals. Although Byrne’s distinctive voice initially dominates, eventually the beauty and flexibility of Clark’s vocals, and their central role, are revealed. Offsetting his discursive, conversational style (“I took a walk down to the park today”), her singing switches between sultry and tuneful (Who) and reflective and floating (the wonderful Ice Age), providing wonderful harmonies that elevate both the song and the spirit ( I Am an Ape).

The album, despite having no obvious overarching theme or plot-line, nevertheless feels like an integrated conceptual piece. Creating alluring word-images, like The Forest Awakes’ perpetual motion, circle-of-life pictures (“A Song is a road / A road is a face”) or I Am an Ape’s mysterious “statue of the man who won the war”, the feeling is generally playful yet profound. A few tunes – Weekend in the Dust, Optimist, touching album closer Outside of Space & Time – would not sound out of place in a Broadway show.

Love This Giant improves and deepens on each listen. Byrne and Clark have managed to not only meet but exceed expectations, and created one of the year’s smartest albums in doing so.

--James Skinner

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's this? 30 Nov 2013
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David Byrne and St Vincent have both proven to be intelligent, creative and frankly strange songwriters. There was definitely potential for this album to become a disastrous clash of styles or battle of personalities. In actual fact, the album features the very best of both artists and, though the vocals are slightly Byrne heavy, David Byrne and St Vincent are more or less evenly represented here.

That being said, the music doesn't particularly resemble that of the regular output of either artist. They've combined to create a new sound for Love This Giant. The album relies quite heavily on an occasionally discordant brass section that adds power and energy to the arrangements.The songs were written with the brass section in mind so, far from being a cheap gimmick to market the album the brass section are the backbone and often carry the melody.

St Vincents appeal is not really in her voice. Her voice is not bad by any stretch of the imagination but it's also not really unique in any way. Despite this, the delivery of her unusual lyrics on her own surreal songs such as Ice Age is brilliant. David Byrne has a fascinating voice. At times it is strained and harsh (Who), sometimes it is soft and mysterious (I Am An Ape) and sometimes it's full of emotion and power (Outside Of Space And Time). He never had a perfect and polished voice, even in his Talking Heads days, but he's always known how to use it well. His voice has undeniably aged but it's certainly not gone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky but not a "difficult" listen 10 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD
You can probably tell by the cover image of Annie Clark and her strange jaw that there is bound to be a degree of oddness afoot here and this is backed up by the music, which is definitely not "mainstream". Lyrical quirks abound, and the stop/start rhythms take a bit of getting used to but patience is rewarded as you begin to appreciate that this is music for grown ups, not to be listened to and immediately discarded but to be savoured again and again as new textures and soundscapes reveal themselves. There are electronic treatments aplenty as well as melifluous brass (is that a tuba in there?) some funky bass and guitar, basically the "unexpected" that you'd expect from these 2. For me a couple of tracks don't quite work, Ice age doesn't really go anywhere and the forest awakes goes on a bit, but these are minor personal quibbles that others may not share. Well worth a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius! 25 Mar 2013
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These two mavericks should have found each other a million years ago...they fit seamlessly in style, emotion, quirkiness and sheer genius! As a result of listening to this, I have booked to see them on their tour this summer!
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4.0 out of 5 stars c.d 30 April 2014
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unusual I am a keen fan of talking heads so it is of interest to hear him in 2014 well done
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously buy this record !! 6 April 2014
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How on earth did this album slip under the radar. It is a master piece of quirkiness with some truly unique arrangements to superb songs. Worth 5 stars because there something everyone will like on this record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love this album. 4 April 2014
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This is a superb collaboration. Who - 1st track - was one of the best single releases of 2012 and worth 5 stars in isolation. The other tracks aren't as immediately forthcoming but give them time and they'll grow and grow on you.
Personally, I'm obsessed with David Byrne's "hup" noises.. you'll know what I mean when you listen to the album..
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic album 8 Oct 2013
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I'm in love with this album. I listen to it non-stop on Spotify, but decided I had to have a hard copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful album 14 Mar 2013
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David Byrne doesn't disappoint - very interesting and immediately attention grabbing - I listened to it 3 times in a row when I first got it
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