Thursday, July 10, 2008
GET READY FOR THE BIG BUSINESS
Since the breakup of Talking Heads, David Byrne's solo work has been notoriously inconsistent. But before that band's dissolution, he made a couple of very fine albums on his own: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (with Brian Eno) and The Catherine Wheel, a musical score commissioned by Twyla Tharp to accompany her dance project of the same name.
Byrne's score is always interesting and frequently brilliant;
it draws on the instrumental talents of such session greats as drummer Yogi Horton,percussionist John Chernoff, guitarist Adrian Belew
(who had been recording and touring as a sideman with Talking Heads), and, inevitably, Eno. Horton's drumming establishes a muscular funk foundation for much of the material, which also showcases Byrne's underrated guitar playing.
R. A. A.M.G.
DAVID BYRNE - BIG BUSINESS (slow to speak remix)
DAVID BYRNE - BIG BUSINESS (LP version)