Grown Backwards - David Byrne
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The beauty and richness of our seemingly mundane lives can be found here, in the bossa-nova of minor catastrophes, the pseudo-jazz of strippers, and the easy lilt of coffee cups.
  2. Byrne's affectless tenor is a perfect match for the delicate bob-and-weave grooves on this CD. [26 Mar 2004, p.74]
  3. If it's not his best, it's easier to warm up to than most of his solo releases.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. MaxC
    Apr 5, 2006
    8
    An excellent album by Byrne featuring what has to be his single greatest solo song and recording "Glass, Concrete and Stone", originally An excellent album by Byrne featuring what has to be his single greatest solo song and recording "Glass, Concrete and Stone", originally featured in Stephen Frears' "Dirty Pretty Things". Lyrically, Byrne is quite political while still very poetic with his usual gorgeous images of birds and buildings and mysterious women. His operatic duet with Rufus Wainwright is a definite grower and the island-tinged "Little Appocalypse" is yet another whimsical career high. It's an album that requires keeping an open mind - but its rewards are absolutely worth each repeated listen. Full Review »
  2. AshleyM
    Feb 26, 2005
    9
    David Byrne is in perfect vocal condition on this album. The opener "Glass, Concrete and Stone" is a beautiful track, with strings and David Byrne is in perfect vocal condition on this album. The opener "Glass, Concrete and Stone" is a beautiful track, with strings and percussion that brings to mind an elephant defying the laws of physics and dancing on a metal rooftop in a rainstorm. The opera tracks were a big and welcome surprise. Full Review »
  3. JohnB
    May 21, 2004
    10
    Outstanding. A masterpiece.