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Look Into The Eyeball

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Since disbanding the Talking Heads many years back, David Byrne has charted a singular course in the pop world. He has delved deeply into the worlds of both Brazilian and African music, while never losing touch with his art-school rock roots. With the release of Look into the Eyeball Byrne once again delivers a seamless blend of the musical forms that inspire him, with his trademark wry humor and keen sense of detail. While Byrne may never write the great heartbreaking standard, there is something quite moving about his droll observations on modern life. In songs like "Smile" and "The Revolution" (both of which feature beautiful string arrangements) one senses a genuine sadness, whereas perhaps in the old Talking Heads days one would feel only that they were lucky to be in on some prankster's intellectual joke. So what we have here is a mature artist at the height of his powers adding yet another classic to his already prodigious canon. --Ike Bolton

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 8, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records / Luaka Bop
  • ASIN: B000059XNQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,616 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By J. Oliveira on July 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have never really been a big fan of David Byrne, or Talking Heads for that matter, but a while back I saw an appearance of Byrne performing "Like Humans Do" on David Letterman and was very intrigued. I decided to buy it because I wanted something different in my collection. It definitely is different. Each song on this album displays a different sound. The album's opener "UB Jesus" pulls you into 'Eyeball' with odd lyrics and fantastic use of backing vocals. "Like Humans Do", the song that originally reeled me in, is amazing on this album. It is very colorful and melodic - as are a lot of songs on this album, including (especially) "Desconocido Soy", a Spanish-sung tune that allows you to enjoy the song even if you don't know what is being said! "The Accident" is a dark, eerie song with an amazing vocal hook. This album is overall incredible. If you want something new, different, and fun - get this!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By ewomack VINE VOICE on October 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
David Byrne built heavily on his previous release "Feelings" and topped it in many ways on "Look Into The Eyeball". This album contains solid material throughout and is probably Byrne's most consistent solo album. Its range spans the breadth of "Feelings", but without that album's somewhat forced eclecticism. One could call "Look Into The Eyeball" "Feelings Improved" (not to knock "Feelings", because it was also a great album). Whereas "Feelings" represented a major improvement over Byrne's self-titled 1994 album, "Look Into The Eyeball" represents yet another leap forward. The lesson here: Byrne seems to be improving with age. Or, at the very least, age has not affected Byrne's output whatsoever.

This album ranges from danceable to beautiful to toungue in cheek to happy to disturbing to funny. "U.B. Jesus" is funny, profound, disturbing, and danceable: "Jesus can kill 'ya if you don't get along." The song explores the contemporary phenomenon of making Jesus "cool" and "hip" and the impossibility of living up to the standards set by him: "Maybe I'm gonna fry in Hell, but I feel good when I burn myself." Danceable, funny, and disturbing all in one song. "The Revolution" and "The Accident" are amongst Byrne's most beautiful songs. "The Great Intoxication" and "The Moment of Conception" amongst his most driving. Byrne also finally sings a song completely in Español: "Desconocido Soy" (or "Unknown I am"). Lastly, we all know people such as the subject of "Everyone's In Love With You"; basically, someone who just attracts people for incomprehensible reasons.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Paul on May 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
A brief review: It's been four years since David Byrne's last commercially released album, and your patience has been rewarded. Look Into the Eyeball is simply excellent. It's songs vary stylistically, but are consistent in quality. The album starts in dark tones with "U.B. Jesus." This is one of the album's highlights. Haunting strings seamlessly melt into the groove. The driving rhythm gives way to the pretty, but melancholy strings of "The Revolution." Yet, Tracks 4-7 are this album's highest point, starting with "Like Humans Do," LItE's first single, which makes sense as this is the catchiest song on the album. "Broken Things" is darker, as the title would imply, but the dark groove make this track the most reminiscent of David's Talking Heads work. "The Accident" is LItE's most unique track. It could easily come from a Broadway musical, but at the same time, it reminds me of Sgt. Pepper's. "Desconocido Soy," is my favorite song on LItE. Although I haven't a clue as to what it's about (the lyrics are in Spanish), it's got the most infectious groove, and Nru's voice provides an excellent contrast to Mr. Byrne's. Look Into the Eyeball tastes like no other album I know of, and I sure do like it. It's delicious. Highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I probably wouldn't have bought this album but I was actually lucky enough to see David Byrne's tour as it came through Providence. He played most of the album at the show, which was probably the biggest feel-good live music experience I've had this year. The songs on this album were great live! How often do you go to a show and get as excited about songs you don't know as you do about your favorites from older albums? The best surprise was that Look Into the Eyeball was as much fun on CD as it was live. If you like Talking Heads' songs like "Nothing But Flowers," I don't see how you couldn't like this recording. Byrne is still writing beautiful songs with lyrics that are just a little different than you thought they'd be. If you're feeling eclectic... [Also includes a super-happy-fun-fun-semi-animated activity book.]
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Ingalls on September 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
David Byrne is probably the unlikeliest rock star that ever took the stage, but he's also one of the best. His combination of nerdy persona and funky experimentation make him one of the most refreshing figures in rock music. "Look Into The Eyeball" is proof that he's still alive and well and refuses to compromise on his unique vision.
As usual, David continues to experiment, mostly with gospel and Latin styles of music. The opener, "UB Jesus" has a decidedly gospel feel. He recruits veteran R&B producer Thom Bell to arrange "Neighborhood," which is fast becoming my favorite track. It's a funky, yet soothing and relaxing number that sticks in your head. "The Accident" is an odd number, highlighted by an unusual, creepy arrangement. "Like Humans Do" is a fun, bouncy, yet slightly low-key number, and the one track that would probably be a hit (not that those things matter). And that's just a handful of the songs, the ones that come to mind at this time. Strings abound on this album, in addition to gospel-flavored backing vocals, harmonium, Latin-flavored percussion and a whole lot more. It's eclectic but loose and fun. A rare combination.
This is only the second Byrne album I own (the heavily horn-laced Latin excursion "Rei Momo" is the other one) and I have a feeling I'm going to be buying a lot more now. I can't seem to get this disc out of my head. It's fresh, funky, funny and one of the best of 2001, so far.
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