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Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Byrne sets] 22 songs to Fatboy Slim's lush and bustling dance beats..."Entertainment Weekly (p.69) - "Marcos' story remains fascinating, especially as sung by the likes of Cyndi Lauper, St. Vincent, and Santigold." -- Grade: BBillboard (p.32) - "[W]inning duets include Candie Payne and St. Vincent on the breezy 'Every Drop of Rain' and Byrne's emotional collaboration with My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden on 'Seven Years.'"
Entertainment Weekly (p.68) - "[With] a Mex-Tex polka by Cafe Tacuba and David Byrne..." -- Grade: B+
Mojo (Publisher) (p.107) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] set of miniatures with roots in the sounds of '50s suburbia..."Clash (magazine) (p.105) - "As a soundtrack the stately horns and strings work perfectly with the screenplay..."
Rolling Stone (9/18/03, p.72) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Subtle electronic treatments twist his traditional acoustic instrumentation, and slow, restrained and sustained notes seem ready to explode at any second....[It] isn't rock, but it isn't soft, either."Q (10/03, p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Byrne has constructed a piano-led suite which evokes the hopelessness of '50s Clydeside, but exudes unfettered beauty..."Uncut (11/03, p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...After its spookily tentative openings, the violins and delicately gathering rhythms start making since. Sincere and beautiful..."Mojo (Publisher) (10/03, p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...This is music you can lose yourself in..."
Rolling Stone (p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his one jumps off the politicized, avant-rock Tropicalia movement of the Sixties and Seventies."Pitchfork (Website) - "David Byrne and Caetano Veloso sound great dueting on 'Dreamland/Marco De Canaveses', backed by spooky synths and strings."
Q (Magazine) (p.101) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Davenport's obvious sincerity shines through, his plaintive delivery breathing new life into David Byrne's 'Everyone's In Love With You'..."
Q (Magazine) (p.107) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he fabulous 'People On Strong Stuff' combines a winning, David Byrne-style vocal from Lars Martin Lillerovde with a flamboyant guitar solo."
Rolling Stone (p.68) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "On APOLLO, L.A. scenemakers Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon pull in a wild roster of stars for what feels like a playful unity jam."Alternative Press (p.111) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "The bongo-crazy 'Money' features the unlikely pairing of David Byrne and Chuck D.; fortunately, both are on top of their game."CMJ - "Recorded in Jamaica, Brazil, the US and Sweden, APOLLO has obtained a startlingly cohesive cross-continental sound."
Rolling Stone (p.75) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[The album] finds the right balance between bright eccentricity and actual pop songs....Charming and smart."CMJ (p.38) - "ECDYSIS is a global cocktail of rhythm and language akin to David Byrne's recent work; the instruments evoke a rainforest filled with chirping insects."
Spin (p.104) - "With his distressed falsetto, David Byrne is new wave's first definitive voice."Uncut (p.82) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[The] remarkable cohabitation of painterly, arty ambitions and fascination with the lissom qualities of the groove can be seen from their very first single."Mojo (Publisher) (p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Their claustrophobic tunes of social unease, mathematical arrangements and front man David Byrne's self-conscious take on mundane events elevated them far beyond what would become new wave."
Rolling Stone (p.123) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[B]aroque stuff that shows off Ounsworth's distinct David Byrne-in-the-ER whine..."Spin (p.82) - "[With] the sharpest arrangements and best songwriting of his short career....Mixing spooky folk with frantic fun."Paste (magazine) - "Ounsworth's resounding use of strings, horns, piano and percussion appears and disappears at unexpected moments with beautifully unsettling results."
Entertainment Weekly (7/23/99, p.69) - "...they electro-massage David Byrne, lead Baaba Maal to the echo chamber, and ship Stereolab further out in space....It's music for coming down when the sun's comping up..." - Rating: B+Alternative Press (10/99, p.74) - 4 out of 5 - "...these dubbed out remixes abduct the original tracks, inserting sharp objects and strange devices into [them], while some simply reconstruct the blueprint.... The resulting trance is addictive, and it validates the duo's cultish repuation."Magnet (8-9/99, p.90) - "...Just slip on some earphones, light up that Cohiba and press your martini into service: The Corporation is open for business and cold gettin' paid."CMJ (5/3/99, p.33) - "...ABDUCTIONS & RESTORATIONS is a smooth, languid offering of chilled-out dub and trip-hop grooves. An eclectic array of talents, including David Byrne, Stereolab, Pizzicato 5, Gus Gus and Black Uhuru, serve as the duo's source material."
3 stars out of 5 -- "What lifts the film is the terrific score by David Byrne who appears as himself and has crafted some of his most memorable tunes including the rich title song that sets the tone for the film, title and all."Box Office "As ever, Sorrentino fills the frame with panache, making striking compositions from the terraced streets....There are pleasures indeed..."Sight and Sound 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] charming, stylish and witty journey through America and into history..."Total Film "David Byrne cameos as himself in a very funny scene....Byrne also collaborated with Will Oldham on the soundtrack."Uncut "The music, by David Byrne and Will Oldham, is exceptionally varied and characteristically rich."Wall Street Journal "[E]very character is strongly drawn and played with an unsettling tension..."Los Angeles Times "[A film] that expresses the kind of fascination with exotic American landscapes that you find in Wim Wenderss PARIS, TEXAS, Wong Kar-wais MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS, and in BORAT."New York Times "[Penn] succeeds in slowly ferreting out the complicated, confused man underneath the affectations." -- Grade: B+A.V. Club 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "THIS MUST BE THE PLACE centers on another uncompromising character invention by Sean Penn....Few actors have played a wider variety of characters, and even fewer have done it without making it seem like a stunt."Chicago Sun-Times
JazzTimes (p.110) - "Cascading through a hard-edged brand of crackling electro-funk...Ceramic Dog shows its hand as risky card sharks who like deeply angled polyrhythms and chicken-choked solos reminiscent of Adrian Belew's time with David Byrne..."Dirty Linen (p.63) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Listen as they move from a free-jazz opening to a riffing heavy-rock section in 'Midost'....Ceramic Dog's got conviction in spades -- the more the better."
Spin (p.60) - Ranked #39 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2005" - "[F]or indie rock that's obsessed with history, that decayed-reel production feels right."Entertainment Weekly (No. 842, p.95) - "...APOLOGIES is the stuff fanzine dreams are made of..." - Grade: B+Magnet (p.112) - "Wolf Parade hails from Montreal, courts a post-punk-informed sound, has a vocalist whose quirky tenor yelp recalls David Byrne and attained early buzz-band status on the strength of its energetic, emotional performances."Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[I]t's a turbulent, ever mood-shifting listen - perhaps rather of its time....Engaging, inventive and emotionally charged..."
Rolling Stone (p.77) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Over the straight-forward stomp of 'The Great Defector,' Noonan sounds like a young David Byrne on the uplifting, carnivalesque chorus."Down Beat (p.58) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "BELL X1's music is fresh and smart and teeming with influences ranging from Talking Heads to the Beat poets. Immensely listenable on both music and lyrics levels."Q (Magazine) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t once again showcases just how satisfying a Talking Heads obsession coupled with an ability to craft uncommonly graceful ballads can be."Paste (magazine) (p.60) - "The digitized percussion opening lead single 'How Your Heart Is Wired' quickly spills into a lush guitar riff that suggests a more adrenalized version of Radiohead's 'Talk Show Host.'"
Spin (p.76) - "BLUE SONGS' prevailing mood is deep indigo, not ultraviolet, yet that darkness heightens and complicates....Butler and crew offer gentle nocturnal sacrament."The Wire (p.50) - "[T]he tender songs posit BLUE SONGS as a lyrical, non-mimetic tribute to an era when sonic invention went hand-in-hand with dancefloor bliss."Mojo (Publisher) (p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "With BLUE SONGS, Butler seeks to offer something different. It's apparent on the pulsing electro-acoustic ambience of 'Boy Blue,' an unabashed case of Eno worshipping."Uncut (magazine) (p.89) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "BLUE SONGS journeys as great LPs should do, contrasting the David Byrne-like depth of 'Boy Blue' and the title track with the rave-era minimalism of 'My House'."
Rolling Stone (10/16/03, p.88) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...[These] five young Bowie boys from Cumbria...specialize in mystical jumbo-size guitar waves..."Entertainment Weekly (9/26/03, p.95) - "...A pitch-black-perfect channeling of such gloomsters as the Smiths, Joy Division, and the Cure..." - Rating: AQ (01/01/04, p.75) - Ranked #47 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums of 2003" - "[A] mysterious, mossy debut..."Magnet (11/03, p.89) - "...It all comes off as effortless and charming....British Sea Power is esoteric, but the band is also brave enough to create myths at a time when everyone else is just borrowing them..."Mojo (Publisher) (01/01/04, p.58) - Ranked #17 in Mojo's "The Best of 2003" - "Think methodical drums, intense guitar and a young David Byrne on vocals."
Spin (11/00, pp.204-5) - 8 out of 10 - "...With their fashion-institute rock...and laptop-techno action-painting, the Chicks may be the art-schooliest funk band put to tape since David Byrne traded big suits for Banana Republic safari gear..."Q (6/00, p.103) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Uppity, in an art-school way, they favor cheap technology over guitars and energy over almost everything else....thankfully, they have remembered to write some songs: camp disco anthem 'Glamour Girl' might well be a club hit..."The Wire (4/00, p.58) - "...[They] have put together a pretty good product...judging by the standards of pop music....their particular diet having been New Wave synth pop..."
Spin (p.94) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hey find beauty in a gurgling version of psychedelic folk, reaching through the mist and retrieving, as by complete accident, gorgeously delicate bits of melody..."Entertainment Weekly (p.85) - "Krug masterfully leads the deep-fuzz dirge 'All Fires' and Bejar turns out a typically erudite anthem in 'The Freedom.'" -- Grade: BUncut (p.103) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's punctuated by bursts of poetic insight and near-orgasmic glee."Alternative Press (p.190) - "[A]ptly titled -- with the saucy wit of Colin Meloy and more outboard effects than an Aphex Twin record, the trio careen through 13 rhapsodical tracks of delay-drenched, ramshackle David Byrne-meets-Black Francis love-rock."CMJ (p.3) - "[A]s guttural an unrestrained as its title suggests....[The album] manages the bewitching contradiction of being both earthy and ethereal."
Rolling Stone (No. 967, p.82) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[Features] three typically beautiful acoustic cuts from Iron & Wine's singer-songwriter Sam Beam..."
Spin (p.92) - "Luaka Bop has cast an increasingly wide net....This comp honors the label's original mix-tape aesthetic."
"[An] enlightening documentary....UNDER AFRICAN SKIES is as much about the experience of making 'Graceland' as it is about cultural politics."New York Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Powered by Simon's brilliance, UNDER AFRICAN SKIES is a cultural lightning bolt that soars on its music and an unshakable belief in the transcendence of art."Rolling Stone
"[An] enlightening documentary....UNDER AFRICAN SKIES is as much about the experience of making 'Graceland' as it is about cultural politics."New York Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Powered by Simon's brilliance, UNDER AFRICAN SKIES is a cultural lightning bolt that soars on its music and an unshakable belief in the transcendence of art."Rolling Stone "Joe Berlinger's film follows Simon to South Africa for a reunion of the musicians who made the album.""Uncut
Q (3/00, p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...takes great pains to spotlight the work of hitherto unrecognized alternative US troupes such as Miss Crabtree Eduardo's All-Nite, Ryful and Super 5 Thor....Altogether a left-field grab-bag."
"...One of the best performance movies ever made..." -- 4 out of 5 stars Total Film "...A rock concert film that looks and sounds like no other....It may well help inspire [rock films] of the future." New York Times "...It captures Talking Heads at their artistic apex, in a way that holds up as cinema, as opposed to music video....STOP MAKING SENSE is a masterpiece..." Chicago Sun-Times "...One of the most brilliantly edited movies of any kind from any era..." USA Today "...This is a magnificent performance by America's greatest rainbow-funk art-and-party band..." Rolling Stone "[W]hat many regard as the perfect concert movie. Filmed in exemplary manner by Jonathan Demme, it appeared to be a seemingly effortless exercise in building momentum." Mojo
Entertainment Weekly (3/15/96, p.65) - "The Red Hot Organization's eighth compilation--the proceeds of which benefit AIDS groups--explores post-rock with the same agility as 1995's RED HOT + BOTHERED did the indie scene. The record morphs from trip-hoppy rhythms to ambient echoes to trance..."- Rating: A-JazzTimes (7-8/96, p.84) - "...an ambitious collection that re-imagines the various progressive threads of rock, hip-hop and jazz as one massive, twitching organism....26 cuts worth of head-rush..."Option (7-8/96, p.122) - "...Think of these techie wizards and their oeuvres as sonic stealth fighters, hugging the grooves below radar range to score hit after hit on the status quo..."Melody Maker (3/16/96, p.38) - "...beautifully arranged...works as an intriguing, sporadically suprising and eventually enthralling journey of sound..."
"...Numbingly beautiful....Sumptuous chinoiserie..." -- Rating: B+ Entertainment Weekly "...A film of unique, quite unsurpassed visual splendor, THE LAST EMPEROR makes for a fascinating trip to another world..." Variety "...[The film] has the feel of other-worldliness, of science fiction..." Film Comment "...If you want a staggering and certainly singular movie experience, THE LAST EMPEROR will do very nicely..." Los Angeles Times "[T]here's no faulting the use of genuine locations, the magnificent costumes of Vittorio Storaro's breathtaking cinematography." Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[D]izzyingly respendent....Bernardo Bertolucci's 1987 heavyweight is, perhaps, the last known sighting of the old-school epic."Empire