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David Byrne & St. Vincent - Love This Giant

Released: 10/09/2012 4AD
Here's an art pop collaboration of a spectacularly high calibre; he is the founder of one of the most influential bands of the post-punk era and she is responsible for one of the most acclaimed records of 2011. Three years in the making, Love This Giant is predictably forward-thinking; brass band instrumentation and unobvious melodies loom large.       For more information visit: http://lovethisgiant.com/ Buy: http://lovethisgiant.com/
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Pitchfork“A disappointment...” Byrne plays the wandering dilettante, content to transform his old ideas anew, while Clark upstages her mentor, convinced she still has a lot more to prove...
 
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80 %
The Arts Desk“Sounds extraordinarily coherent and fresh in itself...” Their understanding of timbre, modulation and texture of the massed instruments is as brilliant as their sense of melody, which on most songs is impeccable...
 
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80 %
Clash Music“Unashamedly theatrical...” It’s expansive, moreish and muscular, artsy and avant-garde. Basically, pretty much what Talking Heads would sound like if they were around right now; intelligent, urbane and instantly catchy...
 
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80 %
The Independent“Succeeds remarkably well...” Best of all is "I Am An Ape", Byrne's comment on the primacy of primates, where woodwind and brass are tinged with a tango dynamic...
 
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80 %
BBC“Feels like an integrated conceptual piece...” Love This Giant improves and deepens on each listen. Byrne and Clark have managed to not only meet but exceed expectations, and created one of the year’s smartest albums in doing so...
 
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80 %
Guardian“Their aesthetics seem to be spliced rather than shared...” By the end, the couple they most resemble is Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, for he is eternally youthful in his restless invention, and while she seems soft and wispy, up close she glints like a razor...
 
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80 %
Drowned In Sound“Comes up trumps...” Distinctive enough to be a new entity, smart enough to fall back on a few familiar charms. St. Vincent and David Byrne have brought out the best in each other - they should do this more often...
 
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