- Love This Giant

David Byrne & St. Vincent - Love This Giant
CRITIC SCORE
74
Based on 23 reviews
2012 Rank: #280 / 860
USER SCORE
75
Based on
49 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
NME

The arrangements are exquisite from top to bottom, and producer Congleton – who worked with Clark on ‘Strange Mercy’ – helps make it easy for us all to love this giant of a record.

83
A.V. Club

The two musicians’ styles fit neatly over each other, sounding mutually rhythmic, arty, and full of hermetic insight.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Love This Giant poses a challenge to our music sensibilities, and listening to it feels like a learning experience rather than entertainment.

80
Drowned in Sound

Distinctive enough to be a new entity, smart enough to fall back on a few familiar charms. 

80
Consequence of Sound

In turn, it’s less a collaboration and more a tutoring session on how new tricks can sharpen old perfection.

80
No Ripcord

These are, quite simply, great songs. They are fun, they are emotional, and no two sound alike. 

80
PopMatters

Although you wouldn’t expect anything less from artists of this high a caliber, it still comes as a pleasant surprise how cohesive, complete, and thought through Love This Giant is for a one-off all-star collab.

75
Paste

It is, in other words, a deeply weird and deeply lovely record, albeit one that listeners should do their best to listen to with as few preconceptions as possible.

70
musicOMH

For all of the missteps, it’s the moments of dizzying brass playing from the backing musicians, the otherworldly pomp of Byrne and the stellar chops of Clark that saves the day. 

65
Beats Per Minute

The obtuse intellectualism of the lyrics and big band backing don’t cut it for a record that should have been less illusory and way more adventurous. 

60
Under The Radar

The mixture here leans heavily on Byrne, which is certainly not a bad thing, but Love This Giant doesn't take full advantage of Clark's guitar prowess or hypnotic voice.

59
Pitchfork

It seems Giant will function less as a career highpoint for either artist, and more as a historical marker of the career trajectories of each participant.

User Reviews
Nov 15, 2015
NonkelHans
75
For my taste not enough of St. Vincent and a little too much of the Talking Heads dude (that's right: "Under the Radar!" we agree). But far from bad, of course. The brass sounds nice.

Driving with this thing on doesn't spring to mind.
Aug 6, 2015
NR
A joyous mix of both talents. I honestly don't think there is a bad track on the whole thing. Sonically extraordinary (listen to 'Who' through a decent set of speakers or headphones), funny and intelligent.
Nov 2, 2014
Z.Younk
71
With its masterful production and sharp brass work, not to mention entrancing guitar and vocal work from Annie Clarke. The artistry and genre-defiance of the album is superb, however, more was to be expected from such a monumental collaboration.
Dec 12, 2012
88
solid pop album with moments of class, lots of horns makes it sound a bit old skool, some very catchy tunes
Dec 11, 2012
90
Jude Clarke calls it “a perfect cerebral pop pairing” that “improves and deepens on each listen” due to the songwriting and the singers’ voices. Andy Gill consider the brass instrumentation the greatest strength of the album with the latter declaring the work “a skewed and funky instant classic.” Robert Leedham praised the “jaunty trombones” and “jubilant trumpet-lead fanfare” as well. The best collaboration album I’ve ever ... read more
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DETAILS

September 11, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
4AD/Todo Mundo / Label
Art Pop / Genres
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 9 - AllMusic
# 8 - BBC
# 28 - Exclaim!
# 13 - musicOMH
# 12 - NME
# 38 - No Ripcord
# 30 - Paste
# 38 - PopMatters
# 28 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 34 - The Fly
# 22 - The Line of Best Fit
# 33 - Time Out London
# 57 - Uncut
Track List
  1. Who 
  2. Weekend in the Dust 
  3. Dinner for Two 
  4. Ice Age 
  5. I Am an Ape 
  6. The Forest Awakes 
  7. I Should Watch TV
  8. Lazarus 
  9. Optimist 
  10. Lightning 
  11. The One Who Broke Your Heart (ft. The Dap-Kings and Antibalas) 
  12. Outside of Space & Time
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Added on: June 14, 2012