David Byrne & St. Vincent - Love This Giant
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2012 Ratings: #256 / 928
Year End Rank: #50
User Score
Based on 79 ratings
2012 Ratings: #143
Your Review



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.

A.V. Club

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

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.

Drowned in Sound

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

Consequence of Sound

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

No Ripcord

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


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.


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.


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. 

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. 

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.


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.

Aug 28, 2017
It's good but there's too many horns????
There were like three tracks where the horns fit perfectly but every other track it kinda seems like the horns were added after the song was done.

Too. Many. Fuckin. Horns.

Still a solid album otherwise though.
Dec 11, 2012
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
Aug 22, 2017
Really enjoyed this one.
Fav Tracks: The Forest Awakes, Who, Should Watch TV
Nov 15, 2015
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
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.
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

Added on: June 14, 2012