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Born May 14th 1952 (Dumbarton, Scotland, UK)

David Byrne has an illustrious career which began way back in the early 70's where he started a band called The Artistics with fellow future Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz. In 1975 they then formed TALKING HEADS with Tina Weymouth on bass. Jerry Harrison joined in 1977. Needless to say Talking Heads became a huge success up until 1991, largely based in New York where the CBGB scene influences also help mould other bands like The Rammones, Blondie and Television

During his tenure with Talking Heads, David Byrne began collaborating with other well known musicians, namely Brian Eno on the highly acclaimed My Life In The Bush of Ghosts in 1981 as well as Twyla Tharp, the choreographer for The Soundtrack of The Catherine Wheel. These two albums in particular lend solid progressive soundscapes. The Catherine Wheel in particular spearheading Byrne's inclusion as a Crossover Artist. David Byrne has gone on to release numerous other solo albums with his latest being, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today in 2008.

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3.98 | 20 ratings
The Catherine Wheel
1981
2.17 | 5 ratings
Music For The Knee Plays
1985
2.73 | 22 ratings
Rei Momo
1989
3.40 | 5 ratings
The Forest
1991
3.22 | 17 ratings
Uh-Oh
1992
3.79 | 14 ratings
David Byrne
1994
2.80 | 5 ratings
Feelings
1997
0.00 | 0 ratings
In Spite Of Wishing And Wanting
1999
3.25 | 8 ratings
Look Into The Eyeball
2001
3.91 | 4 ratings
Lead Us Not Into Temptation (OST)
2003
3.17 | 6 ratings
Grown Backwards
2004
2.57 | 16 ratings
David Byrne & Brian Eno: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
2008
3.00 | 3 ratings
David Byrne & Fatboy Slim: ‎Here Lies Love
2010
3.14 | 8 ratings
David Byrne & St. Vincent: Love This Giant
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
American Utopia
2018

DAVID BYRNE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Live From Austin TX
2007

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Live At Union Chapel
2004

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The Visible Man
1997

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Your Action World: An Inspirational Message From Mr. David Byrne
1998

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 Rei Momo by BYRNE, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1989
2.73 | 22 ratings

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Rei Momo
David Byrne Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

3 stars It is really a surprise for me to find that David Byrne and The Talking Heads were included in the Prog Archives database. I mean: was The Talking Heads a Progressive Rock band? I don`t think so. I think the same about this album, which is the only one solo album which I have listened from David Byrne, and it was a long time ago. In 1997, a friend lent me three albums in the cassette format: one from Rubén Blades (who is from Panama, if I remember well, and he is very good musician and particularly a very good lyricist in the Spanish language who plays Afro-Antillean music too), one from Molotov (an Alternative Rock Mexican band with funny lyrics with social commentaries), and this album from David Byrne. I liked all these three albums. Some years before that, I listened in the radio to one of the songs which was included in this "Rei Momo" album, titled "Loco de Amor". This album was recorded with Afro-Antillean musicians playing Afro-Antillean music (also called as Salsa Music in some countries) with lyrics written in the English language and sometimes also using a few Spanish words in the lyrics. The arrangements are played in this style of music, which is not one of my favourties, but I recognize that there are some very good musicians playing this kind of music (Juan Luis Guerra from Dominican Republic is also a very good musician and lyricist in this style of music). The mix of Afro-Antillean Music with English language lyrics in this "Rei Momo" album sounds a bit strange at the first listenings but at the same time funny in parts, but amazingly it works very well. Some of the lyrics are social commentaries, and I think that the best lyrics are for the song titled "Women Vs. Men", which seem directed to the extreme feminist followers in a very funny way.I don`t know if Byrne released another album like this, but it works very well even if it was only a one-off musical experiment.
 Lead Us Not Into Temptation  (OST) by BYRNE, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.91 | 4 ratings

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Lead Us Not Into Temptation (OST)
David Byrne Crossover Prog

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars I really love David Byrne from his collaboration in early Talking Heads as well as from early album with Brian Eno. Later David released all the line of very different releases, often strongly influenced by world music, electronics and pop.

Possibly because of such inconsistent career during last years name of David Byrne is mostly connected with his musical activities in late 70-s or early 80-s. I heard many critical notes on more current Byrne's musical activities, but I believe far not everyone are really familiar with his nowadays works.

This album was born as soundtrack to not very well known movie "Young Adam", but in fact very soon grew up in Byrne's another solo album. No extravaganza,no techno, no African rhythms are presented there on this release. Slightly melancholic chamber pop,art-rock and post-rock - not very usual mix for Byrne, but all that are really main materials for the album!

Even list of musicians tells you what you could expect - Barry Burns (keyboardist and guitarist of Mogwai), Richard Colburn ( Belle & Sebastian percussionist), Caroline Barber (cellist on some Mogwai releases), two more cellos, three violins, viola,accordion... Music sounds as real soundtrack, but it's strong and concentrated enough to have its own life without visual support.

All album sounds in a tradition of Peter Gabriel's best soundtracks (quite different musically though). David Byrne plays guitars and sings on two songs. Other compositions are instrumental. In all music is very tasteful, even elegant in moments, well played and arranged.

Possibly one of the best Byrne solo album, could be seriously recommended for everyone, interested in his more current music as well for open ears post-rock fans and all lovers of just good music!

 The Catherine Wheel by BYRNE, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.98 | 20 ratings

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The Catherine Wheel
David Byrne Crossover Prog

Review by Chris S
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars David Byrne's collaboration with choreographer Twyla Tharpe produced this 1981 broadway album " The Catherine Wheel" Taking the album ,not the remastered version, and from the original vinyl release makes for a very pleasant album, almost a TH album with Eno/Belew influences, it sounds like a lite version of Remain In Light.The album more or less segues into one continuous track but independantly there are some real jewels on the Catherine Wheel.

" Eggs In a Briar Patch" has Byrne at his most sarcastic ..." little people don't mean anything, it's dope and liquor and...", stirring hypnotic rhythms in the background. " Big Business" has some nice guitar work and builds for about three minutes before Byrne unleashes some great vocals. " Cloud Chamber" is a wonderful instrumental which modern day band " The Flaming Lips" or " Mercury Rev would be proud of. " Big Blue Plymouth" and " My Big Hands ( Fall through the cracks" the other solid songs on a truly excellent work. I don't think David Byrne ever did anything remotely as good or as progressive as this as a solo artist so best check this one out. Four stars

 Uh-Oh by BYRNE, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.22 | 17 ratings

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Uh-Oh
David Byrne Crossover Prog

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

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)

 Rei Momo by BYRNE, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1989
2.73 | 22 ratings

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Rei Momo
David Byrne Crossover Prog

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

2 stars I have a very mixed opinion of David Byrne's music. I adore the music that he recorded with Talking Heads and I hold their first four albums high on my list. Among which, their debut album happens to be one of my top 20 favorite albums of all time! His collaboration with Brian Eno on My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts was also one of those excellent albums that I would have never anticipated before actually hearing it for the first time. After all this, it might be surprising that I actually have not been all that impressed by his solo career.

Make no mistake, I love David Byrne's artistic vision, but he's not a very self-sufficient artist. By that I mean that he should not be let loose in the studio without a higher authority supervising his actions. While in Talking Heads he had the band to throw his ideas at and with Brian Eno it's generally never going to be a fair collaboration, even though Eno has softened up quite a bit in the last few years. This meant that David Byrne had always someone to collaborate with on those projects. Although many of the tracks on Rei Momo have been co-written with other artists it's clear that Byrne is keeping the upper-hand on his side and doesn't let any interference with his meddling in the control room.

The end result of Rei Momo is an album filled with World Music-inspired material that is completely soaked in Hispanic and Brazilian song styles and rhythms that might please some fans who would claim that Byrne is expanding his artistic vision. Unfortunately I really don't see it that way because there is no real theme to link all these compositions together resulting in a very artificial record that makes no sense in a broader scope of this artist's career. Still, my main objection isn't related to the combination of David Byrne and Latin beats, but against the quality of these compositions from a songwriting point of view. Maybe it's because this wild combination has a limited span of possibilities for an artist who has no intension of expanding his vision outside the bare minimum that would require him to sound exotic for the U.S. and European markets?

Rei Momo was my introduction to David Byrne's solo career and set a bad tone for my later explorations of his discography. The only really interesting moment here comes towards the end with the song called Women Vs Men which for once actually fits Byrne's style quite well but that moment comes 13 songs too late.

**** star songs: Independence Day (5:45) Call Of The Wild (4:55) Loco De Amor (3:51) Marching Through The Wilderness (4:30) Lie To Me (3:40) Women Vs Men (4:06) Carnival Eyes (4:04) I Know Sometimes A Man Is Wrong (3:11)

*** star songs: Dirty Old Town (4:12) Rose Tattoo (3:50) Dream Police (3:00) Don't Want To Be Part Of Your World (4:55) Good And Evil (4:35) Office Cowboy (3:40)

** star songs: Make Believe Mambo (5:23)

 The Catherine Wheel by BYRNE, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.98 | 20 ratings

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The Catherine Wheel
David Byrne Crossover Prog

Review by Slartibartfast
Prog Reviewer

4 stars And the Byrne-lies down-on Broaaaoddway.

I hate to say it, but David Byrne had a prog peak. As the Talking Heads moved in a more commercial direction, David's work became rather dull. I still pick up his solo material on occasion, but primarily if I find it used while browsing a store.

This soundtrack album is one of his best along with the proggy Talking Heads albums and My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts. It really seems to be Byrne driven affair, but has a nice set of guest musicians: Adrian Belew, Brian Eno, Bernie Worrell. Twyla Tharpe even drops in doing water pot.

This is, of course, a score for a Broadway dance piece. If you take it for only it's musical value, there's a lot here to like. Most of the tracks are short, but there's a lot of purely instrumental bits. It's one of those musical things from the early '80's that doesn't suck.

A footnote (slight dance joke): A DVD is currently available, so you can either appreciate this as just a piece of music or see the spectacle of the original Broadway show. After all, it was ultimately a collaboration with Twyla.

 Music For The Knee Plays by BYRNE, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1985
2.17 | 5 ratings

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Music For The Knee Plays
David Byrne Crossover Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

2 stars The liner notes to this album say that this music, written for Robert Wilson's opera "The Civil Wars", was inspired by the music of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. In a way there is a trace of that band's music here. The Dirty Dozen is a New Orleans brass and percussion group, of the style that you might see marching down the streets during Mardi Gras. The music on this album is based on a similar arrangement of brass and drums. But Byrne somehow manages to miss the excitement around the music of the original band. Even though he has assembled some talented horn players, everything on the album comes across cold and lifeless.

One saving grace. Byrne doesn't sing on the album. He speaks all of the lines, saving us from having to hear his thin, wavering, off-key singing voice.

My advice: go out and get a real Dirty Dozen Brass Band album.

 David Byrne & Brian Eno: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today by BYRNE, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 2008
2.57 | 16 ratings

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David Byrne & Brian Eno: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
David Byrne Crossover Prog

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

2 stars After more than 25 years an unexpected rumor began circulating the Internet regarding a potential new collaboration album between Eno & Byrne. This was met with an enormous cheer by all the fans of the duos groundbreaking 1981-release which has considerably expanded its fan-base since the '80s.

Being a huge fan of My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts I didn't hesitate for a minute and pre-ordered the new album as soon as it became available. This strategy managed to backfire and resulted in a lesson that I carry with me to this day. Namely, be sure to listen to samples before actually buying an album! This was especially applicable in the case of Everything That Happens Will Happen Today since the entire album can be streamed from its official website.

Judging from my rating it can be assumed that I didn't find this album particularly appealing but I will restrain from any criticism connected to Brian Eno. I guess it would be difficult to complain about a Brian Eno album that in fact isn't really a Brian Eno album. Although Eno claims, in the video posted in the album's official website, that he has written most of the material it was David Byrne who contributed the lyrics and provided his vocals to the album. In order to do so all of the original demos had to be adjusted to fit with his vocal delivery. The final result of this editing is almost completely void of the famous Eno touch that has been so well established on all of his previous works.

This basically leaves us with just another David Byrne solo-album but with bland material that wouldn't really fit next to all of his previous releases. Having followed Byrne's solo career ever since Rei Momo I would personally rank this as his weakest offering to date. This material just doesn't fit him all that well and have it not been for a few minor exceptions to this statement I wouldn't hesitate of giving it the lowest rating.

As it stands today I can still imagine that Byrne's most dedicated fans might find some enjoyment in this album. As for Brian Eno, it has been a while since we've had an album featuring his compositions so even his fans might be slightly amused to hear some of these new compositions although they won't find more than a few hints of his touch scattered over a few performances here. It's a collectors/fans only release that I recommend streaming off the official website before actually considering a purchase!

**** star songs: Home (5:06) Poor Boy (4:19)

*** star songs: My Big Nurse (3:21) I Feel My Stuff (6:25) Everything That Happens (3:47) Life Is Long (3:46) Wanted For Life (5:06) One Fine Day (4:55) The Lighthouse (3:46)

** star songs: The River (2:31) Strange Overtones (4:17)

 David Byrne & Brian Eno: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today by BYRNE, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 2008
2.57 | 16 ratings

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Review by Neu!mann
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3 stars Pay strict attention to the order of names above the title. Unlike "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" this isn't an album from Brian Eno and David Byrne: it's an album instead by David Byrne and Brian Eno, a subtle distinction providing a clue to the style of music inside.

To its credit the new album doesn't pretend to be a belated sequel to the groundbreaking found music of their 1981 collaboration. It's more of a vehicle for Eno's tentative rediscovery of the pop-rock side of his personality he so rarely exposes anymore, filtered through the quirky post-New Wave, World Music sensibilities of Byrne.

Eno supposedly wrote all the music independently, with Byrne enlisted much later to add lyrics and vocals. As such the album often resembles an ill-fitted Frankenstein hybrid, forcing the cadence of Byrne's singing onto Eno's pre-existing instrumental tracks (it might have been interesting to hear the undoctored music without any words, perhaps as alternate bonus mixes).

At heart the music itself was never too unconventional, but it's all been dressed up in post- production to sound artfully offbeat, with the unorthodox assembly (the two never shared any studio time together, working strictly via e-mail instead) giving each song an attractive, lopsided charm. According to Byrne the aim was to find a modern electronic folk/gospel vibe, which would explain the occasional loping cowboy tempo, recalling such easygoing early Eno classics like "Here He Comes" and "On Some Faraway Beach".

But in the end the finished product is closer to Talking Heads than to "Here Come the Warm Jets", and the empty suburban images in the CD booklet likewise echo the idiosyncrasies of Byrne more than Eno. Fans of each artist should approach it accordingly.

Look for some familiar names (Phil Manzanera, Robert Wyatt) in small supporting roles.

 David Byrne & Brian Eno: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today by BYRNE, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 2008
2.57 | 16 ratings

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Review by tamijo

2 stars This is the second full album with Eno/Byrne, the first beeing the 1981 Masterpiece My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts set my expectations very high. Sadly they were not met. The album starts out with two rather boring tracks: Home & My Big Nurse, the songs are typical Byrne, the music rather slow speed, with a bit of the eno sound there, but not enough to make the track stand out as more than 2 discrete ballads. The 3rd. piece (6+ min.) is a change for the better, starts out with a jazzy piano sound that continues to lift this to the track i like the most, contains a nice bass line too, and some nice Phil Manzanera guitar. Sadly after this we are back to tracks of the boring kind, not that much to say about those, moving forward to track 8 Wanted For Life before anything exiting happens. This is a funny little piece of the more Funky kind, i was expecting from Eno/byrne, may not excatly be a masterpiece but the rythm's and sounds are interesting, and refreshing. Same goes for track 10, remind me a lot of the Byrne ballet music on The Catherine Wheel nice very nice.

In general this album does not meet my expectations. If you are a die hard Byrne fan i would say it could maby deserve 3 or even 4 stars, the vocals are fine, at times even very fine. But as an Eno album i cant give more than 2 stars.

Thanks to chris s for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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