Love This Giant - David Byrne & St. Vincent
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  • Summary: The collaboration between David Byrne and St. Vincent, first planned more than two years ago, was produced with John Congleton.
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 36
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  1. Love This Giant is a skewed and funky instant classic.
  2. Sep 10, 2012
    85
    The duo successfully crosses Clark's talent of romanticizing morbidity through melody and Byrne's knack for eccentric pop by using a prominent horn section both as a bridge between the two and an unfamiliar element that distinguishes this as a partnered effort.
  3. Sep 6, 2012
    80
    A peculiar but pitch perfect partnership.
  4. 80
    Pop sensibilities are allowed to swell over, into and around each other; each song blends the seams of the core into a fragmented, disjointed, appropriately-meshing of sounds and in the end, Love this Giant is a magnificent triumph because of it all.
  5. Sep 11, 2012
    75
    A deeply weird and deeply lovely record, albeit one that listeners should do their best to listen to with as few preconceptions as possible. A tall order, perhaps, but one that will help avoid disappointment.
  6. Sep 10, 2012
    70
    Nothing is excitingly radical nor is anything unpolished or poorly composed.
  7. Sep 10, 2012
    50
    A May-November partnership that results in a spate of interesting moments, but largely dies on the vine.

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  1. Oct 5, 2012
    9
    This one requires your attention. You need to really listen. All this brass and funky beats, strange melodies and enchanting voices. "Who" and "I am an Ape" are my personal favorites and will definitely get you hooked. Expand
  2. Dec 9, 2012
    9
    David Byrne is the ex front man and songwriter for American new wave band, The Talking Heads (1975-1991). He has received Grammy, Golden Globe and Oscar awards and also had been inducted to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In two simple words: Living Legend.

    St. Vincent is her stage name. She is Annie Erin Clark, an american singer-song writer and multi-instrumentalist. Clark has opened show for acts such as Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, Television and many more. She has also collaborated with Bon Iver on the song called
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  3. Oct 3, 2012
    9
    Let's just admit that there are a couple of moments, or maybe even songs, that aren't fully realized. Then let's move on, cause there are scads of prime material. Who, I Should Watch TV, and Lightning are very much realized, and the vision is beautiful. The Forest Awakes, aside from a lacklustre melody in the verse, is big and wondrous. I imagine that this album is best heard live. Seize the opportunity while you can. Expand
  4. Apr 27, 2014
    8
    I think the St. Vincent material is strongest here...love Byrne too, but love St. Vincent all that much more. Terrific album & the live show was totally great as well. Expand
  5. Sep 13, 2012
    8
    David Byrne and Annie Clark are two extremely distinctive artists. Byrne has grasped legendary status through his impressive career spanning back to Talking Heads debut Expand