Byrne's new band: Start making sense

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 16, 2012 - 9:13 PM

Talking Heads singer's debut gig with indie-rock's St. Vincent was arty, odd and often cool.

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rileykaSep. 16, 12 6:28 PM

This review is waaaaay off. The crowd loved how fun and spontaneous the show was. The set list were amazing. Both artists were in top form. They took chances -- most of them worked brilliantly. David Byrne was acting kind of silly, but it was probably from being around the breathtakingly beautiful Annie Clark. What guy wouldn't? This show was amazing from start to finish. One of the best of the year.

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cyclopsSep. 16, 12 8:16 PM

It was a GREAT show. People getting up to dance in the upper balcony is a clue. It could have been even better. The sound was a little.. unclear. It was impossible to make out lyrics you didn't know, and for a brass band it was messy. But it got better later - or they just turned it up!

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orono77Sep. 16, 12 8:53 PM

The author of this article must not have been at the same concert I attended. Byrne & St. Vincent were sublime. The energy of the show was immediately grasped by the main floor, all of whom stood up during the first few notes of the show and never sat down. Our two stars played beautifully off one another and seamlessly blended their styles, genres and talents for a wonderful show. I would pay twice the rate to see them again tomorrow night.

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joe320Sep. 17, 12 8:49 PM

"The odd ideas were the choreography and the lighting. Having the eight horn and reed players reposition themselves onstage for every song and sometimes dance or parade around the stage was distracting and often annoying." Honestly, who gets annoyed at a concert? One being performed by one of the best of all time? I'd rather see them take a risk and try something different. Go listen to the Talking Heads Greatest Hits album and stay home next time.

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ljb56655Sep. 22, 12 6:50 AM

Bream hit the nail on the (lackluster, seemingly uninspired) Head. Our experience was defined by disappointment, we expected more from "one of the best of all time" -- especially when you consider the billing for the show and the co$t of tickets. We probably would have had more fun staying at home and listening to Sand in the Vaseline. Any true TH fan would have been appalled at the cuts chosen for showcasing that night: "Naive Melody", "Burning Down The House" and "Road To Nowhere" were such pedestrian TH choices I was pert near offended. Byrne's "silly" presentation looked awkward (give the man an instrument, cow bell or something to use instead of simply standing there mulling over poorly rehearsed choreography and/or Annie Clark's breathtaking beauty). Byrne sounded amazing when he was actively participating. Clark performed well, her schizoid ballerina moves were possibly the highlight. It would have been nice to let the band play and not tack on unnecessary, often disjointed, parading; you know they were great musicians, but with all the movement, dynamics their skills were underemphasized. The Theremin was, by far, the most impressive element of the night. From what we witnessed, the crowd was ecstatic. But, I think that was a byproduct of a collective consciousness that wanted the night to be "sublime". Any fan with an evaluative bone in their body would admit that the night left much to be desired. Thank you, Jon Bream, for validating our anticlimactic evening with David Byrne & St. Vincent.

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dw7719Sep. 25, 1212:44 PM

I'm all for taking chances and getting new music out there; however, I would have liked to have seen more more of a nod to some classic TH songs. They chose the most obvious and overplayed songs possible. Like going to a grateful dead show and hearing "touch of grey"...I just thought that given the billing, they would have thrown 2 or 3 more songs for old TH fans to get into.

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