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David Byrne


Crossover Prog

3.22 | 17 ratings

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3 stars With Uh-Oh, David Byrne returned to the alternative rock style that he has been known for since his albums with Talking Heads, after doing anything but that since the late '80s!

Of course calling it a complete comeback to his past would be a lie on my part since David Byrne was much too experienced to just do a straightforward rock album again. This material is comprised of bits and pieces from previous projects like My Life in the Bush of Ghosts and Rei Momo mixed together with simpler song-structures and a much lighter atmosphere all around. Whether this is a good thing or not depends entirely on your expectations and since I already had seen the music video for She's Mad I knew pretty much what I was getting into with Uh-Oh.

After being disappointed with Rei Momo, this followup became a bit more successful with me even if I can't call this music even remotely progressive. The melodies are, for most part, memorable and the arrangements aren't as annoyingly obvious as they were on Rei Momo. Personally, I would have enjoyed some of these moments more if the arrangements would have dropped some of the Worldbeat style, but I'm sure that others would find more pleasure in this approach. Unfortunately the songwriting is still lacking but this doesn't become obvious until we progress further into the album, even if some of the lyrical themes early on might give that indication.

Was Uh-Oh the comeback album I expected from David Byrne? Yes, but remember that I had low expectations after being displeased with Rei Momo. This is basically a good album if you want to listen to some pop music with a slight arty twist to it. Expecting anything more than that will definitely bring about a disappointment.

**** star songs: Now I'm Your Mom (4:43) Girls On My Mind (3:52) Something Ain't Right (3:37) She's Mad (5:20) A Walk In The Dark (4:23) Twistin' In The Wind (4:15) Monkey Man (4:08) Tiny Town (5:04)

*** star songs: Hanging Upside Down (4:32) The Cowboy Mambo (Hey Lookit Me Now) (3:37) A Million Miles Away (4:23) Somebody (4:59)

Rune2000 | 3/5 |


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