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Here Lies Love CD (2010)

Artist: David Byrne

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David Byrne and Fatboy Slim have paired up for a 22-track song cycle about the life of former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos and her childhood servant, Estrella Cumpas. This standard version of the album includes a 24-page book with essays and photos detailing the project.

In addition to Byrne and Fatboy Slim, Here Lies Love features performances by Santigold, Florence Welch (Florence + The Machine), Sia, Steve Earle, St. Vincent, Natalie Merchant, Tori Amos, Sharon Jones, Nicole Atkins, and many others.

Disc 1 Track Listing
1. Here Lies Love (Feat. Florence Welch)
2. Every Drop of Rain (Feat. St. Vincent/Candie Payne)
3. You'll Be Taken Care of (Feat. Tori Amos)
4. The Rose of Tacloban (Feat. Martha Wainwright)
5. How Are You? (Feat. Nellie McKay)
6. A Perfect Hand (Feat. Steve Earle)
7. Eleven Days (Feat. Cyndi Lauper)
8. When She Passed By (Feat. Allison Moorer)
9. Walk Like a Woman (Feat. Charmaine Clamor)
10. Don't You Agree? (Feat. Roisin Murphy)
11. Pretty Face (Feat. Camille)
12. Ladies In Blue (Feat. Theresa Andersson)
13. Dancing Together (Feat. Sharon Jones)
14. Men Will Do Anything (featuring Alice Russell)
15. The Whole Man (Feat. Kate Pierson)
16. Never So Big (Feat. Sia)
17. Please Don't (Feat. Santi White)
18. American Troglodyte
19. Solano Avenue (Feat. Nicole Atkins)
20. Order 1081 (Feat. Natalie Merchant)
21. Seven Years (Feat. Shara Worden)
22. Why Don't You Love Me? (Feat. Cyndi Lauper / Tori Amos)

Disc 2 Track Listing
1. Dancing Together
2. Men Will Do Anything
3. The Whole Man
4. Never So Big
5. Please Don't
6. American Troglodyte
7. Solano Avenue
8. Order 1081
9. Seven Years
10. Why Don't You Love Me?


Label Nonesuch Records
SKU 213898791
UPC 075597980448
UPC 14 00075597980448
Format CD
Release Date 4/6/2010
Author David Byrne
Review A concept album based around the lives of Imelda Marcos and her nanny Estrella Cumpas, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's (Norman Cook) Here Lies Love is primarily a great pop record featuring a bevy of name female vocalists. Grand conceptual themes aside, Byrne, Slim and Slim co-hort Tom Gandey (a.k.a. Cagedbaby) have delivered a kooky, fun, theatrical and more-often-than not deliriously listenable collection of '70s and '80s club pop. Inspired by a disparate set of sources not the least of which included his reading of Ryszard Kapuscinski's book The Emperor as well as various reports detailing the former first-lady of the Philippines' penchant for disco and club-life, Byrne formulated this would-be stage production based around the notion -- as he says in the liner notes -- the, "bubble worlds of the rich and powerful" set to the popular sounds (disco, soul, Latin-beats, cabaret) of Marcos' time in power. While there is no dialogue in this production, Byrne has crafted each track to tell the story and evoke the emotional state of Marcos and her longtime nanny Cumpas' emotional state throughout the album. And while the story hangs together quite well, the main impression you are left with is that Byrne and Slim have impeccable taste in female singers. Here we get British-songstress Florence Welch (Florence and the Machine) delivering the title-prologue track which is an anthemic disco-inflected track that recalls any number of Studio 54 diva hits. Similarly, Tori Amos takes on the role of Marcos' mother Remedios on the eerie flamenco-infused "You'll Be Taken Care Of". Along the way you get '80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper, alt-country rocker Allison Moorer, Irish soul-siren Roisin Murphy, Philly-punk/dance singer Santigold, Natalie Merchant, Nellie McKay, Martha Wainwright, Sharon Jones and others.
Reviewer Matt Collar
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Artist Byrne,David
Label Nonesuch Records
Music Format Compact Disc
Gavin Haynes, Here, Byrne's well-plotted tunes can rule, and Norm can keep himself in the background, going against his natural tendency to overstuff.
Jon Pareles, The New York Times Luckily, scholarship doesn't eclipse the limber, catchy music and the sheer nuttiness of the whole project.
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