David Byrne, The Knee Plays
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David Byrne is best known for his work with Talking Heads, but he has also experimented in theatrical collaborations and New Orleans styles. This album, now remastered and released on a CD for the first time, first appeared on vinyl as Music For the Knee Plays back in 1985, after Byrne had been asked to provide the score for an avant-garde production by Robert Wilson. It has survived remarkably well. Inspired by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Byrne uses a small brass and percussion band to perform sturdy, lyrical or drifting mood pieces that are often matched against his own distinctively theatrical and surreal spoken vocals. The effect is intriguing: this is a strangely timeless set that echoes everything from early New Orleans jazz to brassy atmospheric passages or the quirky charm of a great Talking Heads song. The eight new "bonus tracks" are less interesting than those original recordings.
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David Byrne, The Knee Plays, The Guardian