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Here Lies Love
Here Lies Love
Price: £14.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Byrne makes a musical., 4 May 2010
This review is from: Here Lies Love (Audio CD)
I must admit I approached this album with some trepidation. After all 22 songs about Imelda Marcos didn't sound much like fun. How wrong I was!

David Byrne has clearly written this as a musical and he has achieved this magnificently using a mixture of dance music, catchy pop, and show tunes to create a very accessible and enjoyable musical that could run in the West End for years. It has all the right ingredients, lovely melodies, catchy arrangements and witty and perceptive lyrics. Andrew Lloyd Weber would probably have dragged 3 or 4 musicals out of this strong collection of tunes!

David Byrne has allocated the songs to a comprehensive range of mostly female singers including Florence Welch, Martha Wainwright, Cyndi Lauper, Roisin Murphy, Santigold and Natalie Merchant. This tactic works wonderfully as the voices have been picked to fit the songs and the singers are clearly enjoying themselves and put in great performances. David Byrne only sings on a couple of tracks towards the end of song cycle but he does give himself the "Talking Head" like song "American Troglodyte".

Most of the music is very catchy, melodic and upbeat although the mood gradually darkens on the second CD as the story unfolds. Fat Boy Slim has been brought in to work on the production and give the songs the dance/pop/disco feel that David Byrne wanted and this works very well.

This is not a typical David Byrne album and it may not appeal to some of his usual fans but if you enjoyed Mamma Mia, Evita, or Saturday Night Fever and like melodic catchy and haunting songs with witty lyrics then this is too good to miss. So don't be put off thinking this is too esoteric or difficult. Hopefully someday this will be put on as a show or a musical film and reach a wider audience. It deserves to be heard.

The Collection
The Collection
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Price: £19.99

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class Kirsty Primer., 22 Nov. 2009
This review is from: The Collection (Audio CD)
Unlike today, when Record Companies are more than willing to sign new female singer/song writers, Kirsty MacColl struggled for most of her musical career to get a decent record contract. In the 80's and 90's most record companies seemed content to sit back and allow many male artists to put out a succession of mediocre and half baked albums (Yes I mean you Rod, Sting, Van, Elvis Costello etc) but largely ignored their female rivals.

This collection of songs is taken from the few short years when Kirsty was signed to Virgin records and had their support to put out 2 great albums "Kite" and "Electric Landlady" and a string of singles.

As always with Kirsty, this is a collection of sharp, ascerbic and funny songs written against killer tunes, often with driving danceable rhythms. As Kirsty herself said she did not want to be a demur "Laura Ashley" lady singer, as this collection proves. I believe the songs have been hand picked by Kirsty's mother Jean MacColl and it is an excellent selection.

If you only know Kirsty Maccoll as the singer of the best ever Christmas song, then this is a great place to start to find out what a brilliant songwriter and singer she was. If you know her songs already but want an excuse to buy this, well it has a lovely cover picture, great sleeve notes and is cheap too!

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