Love This Giant (LP)


David Byrne

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An old art school meets new art school dream collaboration comes to us from David Byrne and St. Vincent’s Love This Giant, which plays to the strengths of both artists with a dynamic, eclectic sound, immaculate production and deft arrangement. The Byrne-led “Who” calls to mind classic Byrne/Talking Heads with its quizzical delivery, while “Weekend in the Dust” makes St. Vincent’s Annie Clark into a worldbeat dance diva. “Dinner for Two” is a sublime duet, nicely interrupted by horn-work that dots the album and holds it together, especially coming into play on the funky pop of “The One Who Broke Your Heart,” featuring Antibalas and The Dap-Kings. “I Am an Ape” and “I Should Watch TV” find Byrne at his most satirical, while Clark shines on “Optimist,” one of her sweetest vocal performances to date. Some of the album’s middle tracks mesh Byrne’s and Clark’s styles so well, such as the clockwork sound of “Lazarus,” that a future collaboration to see how these two could get into even more interesting territory seems like a sure thing — at least we can hope, because Love This Giant already is a slyly rewarding gift from two artists, one over many years and one in just a short time, who have given us plenty already.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Who
David Byrne , St. Vincent 03:49
2.
Weekend in the Dust
David Byrne , St. Vincent 03:07
3.
Dinner for Two
David Byrne , St. Vincent 03:42
4.
Ice Age
David Byrne , St. Vincent 03:13
5.
I Am an Ape
David Byrne , St. Vincent 03:05
6.
The Forest Awakes
David Byrne , St. Vincent 04:52


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
I Should Watch TV
David Byrne , St. Vincent 03:08
2.
Lazarus
David Byrne , St. Vincent 03:13
3.
Optimist
David Byrne , St. Vincent 03:49
4.
Lightning
David Byrne , St. Vincent 04:15
5.
The One Who Broke Your Heart
David Byrne , St. Vincent 03:46
6.
Outside of Space & Time
David Byrne , St. Vincent 04:18

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