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Live From Austin, TX

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(Nothing But) Flowers
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God's Child
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And She Was
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Once In A Lifetime
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Great Intoxication
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Marching Through The Wilderness
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Revolution
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This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)
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What A Day That Was
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Desconcido Soy
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Like Humans Do
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Life During Wartime
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I Wanna Dance With Somebody
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Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 62:40

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Darthmatt4182

Good CD when I was just getting into talking heads, but no longer one that I would ever rave about.

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Liked it but,

geoffreylee

An enjoyable CD, but not great. Doesn't sound like there is a lot of effort on some of these songs.

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Still a great record

Mojo1201

Say what you will.. Pick it a part any way you like.. David Byrne is a great performer.. And ACL is a great venue to play... The combination is magic.. I'm just waiting for the Beck/Falming Lips performance to be released..

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I have to throw in with EMUSIC-00E23B3F

naldini

Byrne is always great engaging the audience with as much theatrics as music. This would be a great show to see in the venue it was in. Liked the song list, attitude, and 'homey' recording.

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Great artist, bad recording

joeyjojojnrshabadoo

I have to agree with Irving. Byrne puts on an amazing live show, but this particular recording sours the vibe.

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An enjoyable listen

EMUSIC-00E23B3F

I couldn't disagree more with the previous reviewer. This is a lively, fun set, with the expected chestnuts from the Talking Heads catalog, and a couple of really cool surprises. Any fan of David's or the Talking Heads should find this enjoyable

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Disappointed

irving

David Byrne has been consistently brilliant in all the years I've been listening to his solo stuff and with TH. But this album ... what happened? The band sounds like it has never played together before. The drummer is annoyingly off (listen to the kick in And She Was) which kills any sense of groove. And the mix is weak -- barely any guitar, drums sound far away, and the voice is way too prominent. Like I said, I love Byrne's work but this live recording is disappointing.

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Icon: Talking Heads

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

Arguably America's greatest new wave band, Talking Heads turned fine-art working methods and ideals - subversiveness, detachment, ambiguity, perpetual self-transformation - into magnificent pop songs about the relationship between mind, body and mystery. David Byrne was the least likely of great frontmen, a buttoned-down nerd with a voice like a frightened goose, but it turned out to be the perfect vehicle to upend the traditions of rock singing. Bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz… more »

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Icon: Talking Heads

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

Arguably America's greatest new wave band, Talking Heads turned fine-art working methods and ideals - subversiveness, detachment, ambiguity, perpetual self-transformation - into magnificent pop songs about the relationship between mind, body and mystery. David Byrne was the least likely of great frontmen, a buttoned-down nerd with a voice like a frightened goose, but it turned out to be the perfect vehicle to upend the traditions of rock singing. Bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz… more »

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Byrne and Eno: Bullish On Sound

By Robert Phoenix, Contributor

Many years ago, I used to pen a monthly column for eMusic called Sounds Of The Stars, in which I attempted to bridge the gap between astrology and music. I did my best to approximate the sounds of various signs, and to suggest artists that might represent a certain aspect of a sign - even if the artist might not actually be the sign in question. We did a 365-day spin around the sun on… more »

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David Byrne is a man of many musical faces, but he’s also a show biz pro, and while he’s followed a number of musical paths over the course of his solo career, in concert he’s shrewd enough to know he needs to give his audience (or at least a large portion of them) what they came to see — namely, the songs he helped write while he was in Talking Heads. On Live from Austin, Texas, an album drawn from a set Byrne played on the PBS music series Austin City Limits in the fall of 2001, demonstrates how he can have his cake and eat it too — while five of the thirteen tunes here come from his tenure with Talking Heads (and one is drawn from The Catherine Wheel, a solo project recorded while he was still with the band), he’s reconfigured them to lean towards his fascination with world music while still holding on to the melodic structures folks remember him for. Roughly half the songs on Live from Austin, Texas also feature a string section including members of Tosca String Quartet, who add a fresh set of tonal colors to “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)” and “Life During Wartime,” though the ensemble really gets their chance to shine on “The Revolution” (from Look into the Eyeball, the album Byrne was promoting at the time). While he sounds a shade more enthusiastic on his more recent solo material than the relative oldies in this set, overall he seems to be in a slightly subdued mood, though he rallies for his finale, a cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” that’s far more sincere (and effective) than you’d imagine. In all, Live from Austin, Texas isn’t the crackling live showcase you might hope for from David Byrne, though he never sounds less than professional and his head is always in the game even if his heart may be somewhere else. [A DVD of the show was also released.] – Mark Deming

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