David Byrne and St Vincent - Love This Giant (4 stars)

Two of our greatest pop creators having a ball

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David Byrne and St Vincent - Love This Giant

There is something ironic about the fact that the futuristic art-pop icons at the heart of this much-hyped endeavour are almost outshone by that most traditional of sonic devices: the good old brass band.

The horns and fanfares that populate this union between Talking Heads visionary David Byrne and pop seer St Vincent (aka Annie Clark) are vital: they serve to cast light, and cohesion, across the record’s motley narrative, thus allowing Byrne and Clark to dance round each other’s capricious voices and ideas; to take turns exploring alien funk, dystopian pop, urban stutter, swooning electro and much besides.

It largely works without jarring or getting over-jammed with ingenuity, and always sounds like two of our greatest pop creators having a ball.

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