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"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Long Live Vinyl APRIL 2018 - by Wyndham Wallace
DAVID BYRNE: AMERICAN UTOPIA
David Byrne's spent his last three albums collaborating with, respectively, Brian Eno, Norman Cook and St Vincent, but while he manages to market every record with which he's involved as a brave, new, artistic challenge, he remains unmistakably him. American Utopia, his first solo album since 2004, is no different, inevitably dominated by his distinctive voice and full of typically idiosyncratic lyrics, including: "The brain of a chicken / And the dick of a donkey" (from the joyous, faintly Caribbean Every Day Is A Miracle). The percussive Here pairs him with experimental electronica musician Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never), who's also behind the album's other exploratory track, This Is That; but the rest, co-written with Brian Eno, is far more accessible, especially the witty, pounding I Dance Like This and Everybody's Coming To My House's dry, acoustic funk. The 'head' may be ageing, but he still talks the talk, and walks the walk as well.