David Byrne & St. Vincent - Love This Giant
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2012 Ratings: #244 / 958
Year End Rank: #49
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Based on 142 ratings
2012 Ratings: #257
September 11, 2012 / Release Date
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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.

FearFlour
75
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.
knewnie
NR
god why is her face fucked up i dont want to listen to this album because her face is so bulgy and it makes me so uncomfortable god
ElectricMess
70
I wanted to like this a little more than I actually did to be honest. Who is a great song though.
44BW
68
I love Annie and I enjoy David Byrne's music. I like his unique voice - although I can see how it might grate on some. I have tried to listen to the whole album occasionally and I do find it difficult to do a complete run through. I enjoy Who, Dinner for Two, I am an Ape, and Lazarus. All of the other songs I struggle with.

Personal opinion is that St Vincent's parts on this album are weak - the instrumental and David Byrne's voice go well together but I find it just overpowers her. I love ... read more
iDairo
72
La producción es interesante, y como siempre, original. Pero eso no cambia que sea un álbum decepcionante. Tiene muchísimas cosas negativas. En primer lugar, las canciones son muy cargadas; aquí St Vincent perdió su inteligencia para distribuir los sonidos correctos a lo largo de la canción. En algunas partes sentía como escuchar una banda escolar ( y de las malas ). Ninguna canción me convenció, y cuando por fin habían ... read more
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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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