Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Here Lies Love

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim released a two-CD set yesterday called "Here Lies Love," a disco song cycle about Imelda Marcos and Estrella Cumpas.  Every track is performed by a different artist (almost all female), ranging from Tori Amos to Cyndi Lauper to Santigold to Nellie McKay to Martha Wainwright and beyond.

Reviews are mixed.  The BBC says that it's "easier to admire than it is to enjoy" (though it is still 6Music's "Album Of the Day").  On the other hand, Huffington Post says "It works so well and so strangely--especially with guests like Steve Earle in the role of Ferdinand Marcos--that you'll wonder why it's never been done before."

Personally, I've only listened to it once so far, so I don't feel comfortable making sweeping "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" statements yet.  I thought that Florence Welch (of Florence And the Machine) was a good choice for the title song, and I was surprised at how well Cyndi Lauper's voice blends with Tori Amos's voices (the last track is a duet between them).

So here's a way to preview samples of all the songs for yourself right here:

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