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Not quite Little Creatures, but not bad either.....,
This review is from: True Stories (Audio CD)
I am in the strange position of agreeing with both Neil Barnden and David Frew. Neil believes that the film versions of the songs are great (they are), but doesn't like the album; whereas David loves the album, and thinks the film is dross.
I thought the film was great (and, indeed, the old guy doing Papa Legba is worth it on its own), but I also really like the album.
I bought it because it followed on from Little Creatures, one of the very great albums of the 80s, and at first was disappointed (like most of the buying public, I suppose) that it wasn't simply that album done again. But as we all know, David Byrne doesn't do anything twice. Ever.
However, as I listened to it more and more, I began to really enjoy it for its own merits. There are some odd songs on here (including Papa Legba!), but there are some rocking classics (Wild Wild Life, Puzzlin' Evidence, Radio Head).
However, perhaps the most surprising elements of the album are the "ballads" (God I hate that word...) with which the album draws to a close: Dream Operator, People Like Us and City of Dreams are real genuine, wistful, lump-in-the-throat stuff.
This album is not as instantly satisfying as Little Creatures, but nonetheless, is a real gem, waiting to be discovered. Now it's Mid-Priced, you have even less excuse for not owning a copy; it's well worth it.