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The Forest

David ByrneAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 10, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LP8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,822 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! December 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
When this album first came out, the CD at the record store had a bright orange sticker with black text on it that said, "WARNING: CONTAINS ORCHESTRAL MUSIC" on the cover. Indeed it does.
While not a complete depature from what is expected from David Byrne (he's done several orchestral pieces), this album was a total shock to every David Byrne fan I knew at the time I'd gotten it the first time. And like another reviewer, not everyone of them liked it. To me, it's such an emotional album. It takes you on a ride from a quiet cello that drips with emotion to hammering percussion that rises into a fervor. It reminds me of performance art. I remember my best friend doing this spastic, gyrating tribal-like dance to a number of the tracks.
Do yourself a favour, listen to the track samples and see if they elicit a positive or a negative response. This is not a David Byrne album that appeals to the masses. You'll either feel the music move you or you won't. I lost this CD while moving to a new house a few years back and I didn't know how much I missed it till I received it today and listened to it again for the first time in years. It brought back a lot of great memories of friends that I haven't seen for a long time. I love this album.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Byrne Displays Versatility of Musical Genre November 14, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
David Byrne's The Forest is not your common CD from a pop artist. It was recorded in 3 studios, 1 in Berlin and 2 in CA. There are 10 movements in the orchestral excursion. It seems to compare and contrast modernt technology and mechanization with early and primitive culture. The most of the vocals on the CD are used at vocal instruments and the only english language used is in "Dura Europus". He develops the movements from instrumental to vocal and back with great ease and versatility. The orchestration of the album is quite a feat. Using traditional intruments from a modern western orchestra he evokes feelings and power. This is not an album to be dissappointed in. A few movements, to me, are lacking in structure, but maybe thats what it is all about. "6. Ava" has a developement like no other ive seen. From the lone Cello in the beginning to the warm fullness of the orchestra. Then the male soloist on top of that. Eventually reaching a percussive area concluding with a chorus.
An album like this is not to be missed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I had a cassette version of this cd and witnessed David perform this it in its entirety with the Seattle Symphony when it was released. It was probably one of the most amazing concerts I have ever seen. Watching tux stuffed, season ticket holder patrons, jaws dropping as David Byrne barked like a hyena on "Teotihuacan" (I think that was the cut). If only every day could be so sweet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine, provocative, original, piece of music April 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have never bought an album by David Byrne other than this one, and I was guided to it by a sort of sixth sense. I am really disappointed to discover its a departure from his regular style. But in a way this is not unexpected for this is an amazing achievement. I get the impression Byrne could have carried these ideas in his head for many years.
This music has the same feel and freshness, the same beauty and craftsmanship that inspired Mike Oldfield to create Tubular Bells. Oldfield is the utter master of this form of extended instrumental music using voices as instruments, but Byrne in this one piece has proven his virtuosity and the depth of his abilities that is every bit as impressive as an Oldfield opus. It takes amazing powers to wed together material as diverse as this using so many musicians and sounds and to keep the tapestry intact.
I dare say this album, which will never lose its power to impress itself upon the listener, will be beyond the reconing of some ears and no doubt its initial impenetrability would have submerged its commercial impact at the time of release. Reviewers in the mass media don't like and can seldom handle music that does not admit them access in one quick and dirty movement. So much the better. Byrne's incredible journey through the Forest, with its many incantations and illumninations, is a true revelation that is better for the listener to take alone. A little work in the listening seems the least we can do for the effort and artistry he has expended on its creation.
If Byrne has ever produced more work in this vein one can only surmise that it is a form for which he has a gift.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ENCHANTED FOREST: February 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
One of the pure joys of music is the unexpected discoveries that you make. THE FOREST is one of these.Owing more to WAGNER and SIBELIUS than rock,THE FOREST makes for some compelling listening
and if you were familiar with DAVID'S music thru TALKING HEADS and his distinctly tropically flavoured outings such as UH OH and you want some of the same erm.. dont buy this.However if you yearn for a beguilling,beautiful,emotional and brave piece of music making then grab this.Stunning.
Me?Im going to whack this in the walkman and head for the forest and maybe hug a few trees.When you hear it you will want to as well!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true composer April 25, 2012
Format:Audio CD
David Byrne, is in league with all great composers, whether it be Beethoven, Mozart or Copeland. I bought this tape, a long time ago and it became my favorite of his. I liked his work with the Heads, but this one, I think he really shines. Definitely well worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Music - But Watch Error in Track 2
This is a quality release by David Byrne. Since his days with Talking Heads, Byrne has experimented with numerous musical styles. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cliff Randall
2.0 out of 5 stars Good intentions- bad orchestration
Great composers aren't always good orchestrators. Prokofiev often needed help. Here, David Byrne hired someone to help with the orchestration, and, to be honest, it's a horrible... Read more
Published on July 28, 2007 by Nina Shishkoff
5.0 out of 5 stars What are the origins of the poem in the notes...
that begins "My life is beautiful" only is written in pigeon english/german??
Published on September 2, 2005 by super mara
4.0 out of 5 stars Like dreams of old factories where I get to explore em
This powerful music is good for dreaming... Music that invokes grand themes of humanity and technology, the modern and the primitive, and our place in the world.. Read more
Published on May 21, 2003 by Mara
1.0 out of 5 stars Ego run amok.
I really tried to like this. Been listening to DB in whatever incarnation since the early-mid 80's. Love the vast majority of his stuff. Not this, though. Read more
Published on December 20, 2000 by Jakeymon
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece
I love this. I have always liked Mr. Byrne's music but the scope and realization of this work is astounding. Deeply profound & different. Like nothing else I've ever heard. Read more
Published on November 28, 1999 by gordieorr
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