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Easy listening it ain't,
This review is from: Love This Giant (Audio CD)
I was a massive Talking Heads fan and as such I started following Byrne solo career, only to be disappointed over time. I fully acknowledge Byrne quirkiness and his dedication to music. However, it is a long time since I heard anything innovative or memorable in his production. "Love this giant" is no exception. It starts with "Who", probably the strongest song of the whole LP. Byrne and St. Vincent share the vocals; the sound is rich and quirky enough, with the notorious brass adding an edge. So far, so good.
Unfortunately from song number two, one has the impression of hearing different variations of the first songs. None of the pieces is memorable, several have abrupt ending and the quirky brass is always there, slowly turning the novelty into the soundtrack of a circus show. Byrne and St. Vincent alternate lead vocals. Byrne's voice has never been great and it is not improving. St. Vincent's voice is more pleasant, but not enough to save the project.
Personally, I am not interested in theatre productions, but unfortunately this type of sound is more theatre than rock (or pop). Finally, I read some reviews stating that one must "get used" to the sound. I do not agree about this approach, as I listen to music for pleasure and I do not think music should be endured just because the authors are respectable professionals. Respecting the authors does not rule out finding their output disappointing.
Obviously, I would not recommend, unless you are a massive Byrne and/or St. Vincent fan.