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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4AD / Todo Mundo
  • ASIN: B008BDZOZY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,689 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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David Byrne & St. Vincent present their collaboration album, Love This Giant, recorded over two years, largely at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ. The album is a collaboration in the truest sense of the word, with Byrne and St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) co-writing ten of the album's twelve tracks, and each artist penning one song individually. The album centers around an explosive brass band and is propelled by John Congleton's drum programming.

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Their chemistry on the album is very good.
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A brilliant album by two talented musical artists.
James F. Johnson
Highly recommended for the adventurous music fan.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Davis TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 11, 2012
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I'm tired of the bland musical product that oozes through corporate pipelines. There's a deadening sameness about the fuzzy guitars and humdrum drumming and affectless vocals of contemporary pop. In this environment, the deliberate creation of an unusual album feels like a gust of fresh air.

David Byrne of Talking Heads fame has teamed up with another brilliant nonconformist, St. Vincent (Annie Clark, formerly of Polyphonic Spree), to write and record songs set to danceable electronic beats by John Congleton. They are accompanied by the complex, swooping, angular orchestrations of a very funky horn section. Both artists sing lyrics of ambiguity and anomie that recall some of their intriguing solo performances, but "Love This Giant" doesn't rehash their previous work. It's is a one-of-a-kind hybrid, and I like it.

Byrne and Clark open with the first single, "Who," a very propulsive, rhythmic track on which they duet, but then they start alternating lead vocals. Clark sings the even-numbered and Byrne the odd-numbered songs until they reach "Lazarus," when they duet again. Clark takes over for the next two tracks, while the final two belong to Byrne.

The album has an arc to it, beginning with high-energy music -- jumpy and jagged on the first three cuts (I especially enjoy "Weekend in the Dust") -- then dialing back the energy somewhat for three songs whose dreamy intros bring to mind minimalist composers like John Adams, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich, particularly on "I Am an Ape." With "I Should Watch TV," they leap back for a couple of tracks into the jangly, dissonant sounds that opened the album. When Clark performs "Optimist" and "Lightning" (another favorite of mine), a cool, pensive atmosphere prevails.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 11, 2012
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I don't even know where to start.

It's hard not to go into this album with ridiculously high expectations. David Byrne and St. Vincent teaming up for a collaborative album? Sounds too good to be true. David Byrne, famous for his tenure in Talking Heads, has been on somewhat of a hotstreak recently with collaborations with Brian Eno (EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS WILL HAPPEN TODAY) and David Sitek ("Apartment Wrestling"). St. Vincent (also known as Annie Clark) has established herself as a terrific singer/songwriter on her own right after a string of wonderful solo albums. The pairing of these musicians wouldn't seem likely, but they've come together to create LOVE THIS GIANT.

First things first: this isn't a Talking Heads album. It's not a St. Vincent album either. It's not even somewhere in the middle. In fact, it's probably best to just not expect anything at all. The bulk of this album is carried by a funky and jazzy horn section. Most of the guitar and bass instrumentation has been pushed aside for saxophones, trumpets, and trombones.

The album makes no attempt to hide what it is: the opening track "Who" begins with the prominent horn section before Byrne's vocals jump in. The second track, "Weekend in the Dust" serves as a early highlight, with St. Vincent's vocals bouncing around just as much as the musical accompaniment. "Lazarus" works as a duet between the two songwriters, beginning with a scholarly sounding introduction before the drums add a funky groove. By the time the noodling guitar riff supports the verse, the most of the brass has disappeared. "Lightning" has a more laid-back and jazzy feel to it - St. Vincent leads this track, and it almost sounds like it would have fit in perfect with her recent album STRANGE MERCY.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Manuel Grosso Galvan on September 11, 2012
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Byrne beat again. Byrne and St. Vincent made a great album with great sounds and incredible arregment. Is, in same way , the come back of the best Talking Heads spirit. All the songs are mixed by Petrik Dillett, in a very difficult combinations of instruments. Is powerful and easy to hear, a great CD. Two yeas of production and a incredible brass section. All the songs are signed for Byrne and ST. Vicent. Is nice to hear something new with old elements. Try to hear it, sure you will liked.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles on September 16, 2012
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Absolutely beautiful, quirky, inventive and dominating horn arrangements. I love this album more with each listening. Vocally and Lyrically, David Byrne is the same master he has always been. I had not listen to very much of St Vincent before, but this is a perfect pairing. Optimist is quickly becoming an absolute favorite of mine. The Forest awakes and Dinner for Two are also standouts. I could see myself coming away with a different favorite each time I listen to it. Highly recommended for the adventurous music fan. It may not be for everybody, but it is definitely for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By QuintonDymke on July 19, 2013
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I LOVE this album. Love it.

Initially, I heard "Who" on the radio, and being both a St. Vincent and a David Byrn fan, I streamed the album on Rhapsody. It was fine. A little weird...and I didn't really grasp on to any songs, but it was good. After listening to it off an on over a year, I finally bought it and I'm obsessed.

Music is pretty subjective and you like what you like, but I promise this is one of those albums that will continue to surprise and delight.

AND if you're a band geek or have any familiarity with Giovanni Gabrieli, the brass will BLOW YOUR MIND. I feel like I'm tripping in a cathedral. Weird? Yes. But great.
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