Editors’ Notes Even before he departed his vaunted Talking Heads in the late '80s, David Byrne had already embarked upon a solo career that encompassed various stage projects (The Catherine Wheel, The Knee Plays, The Forest) and film soundtracks (True Stories, Last Emperor) . But this 2004 release finds Byrne bristling with a sense of ambitious eclecticism rare even by his own elevated standards, a sensibility that carries Byrne deeper into the classical realm than he's ever been. Austin, Texas' chamber outfit the Tosca Strings inform the melancholy, post-modernist opener "Glass, Concrete & Stone," the limber 'n' loopy rap fusion "Tiny Apocalypse," and "Un Di Felice, Eterea," aria adaptations from Verdi's La Traviata. That operatic fixation surfaces early on in a lovely, if unlikely duet with Rufus Wainwright on "Au Fond du Temple Saint," adapted from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers.

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Glass, Concrete and Stone
1
4:13
 
The Man Who Loved Beer
2
2:40
 
Au Fond du Temple Saint
3
4:49
 
Empire
4
4:12
 
Tiny Apocalypse
5
4:03
 
She Only Sleeps
6
2:58
 
Dialog Box
7
3:31
 
The Other Side of This Life
8
4:00
 
Why
9
2:55
 
Pirates
10
3:53
 
Civilization
11
3:17
 
Astronaut
12
2:55
 
Glad
13
1:57
 
Un Di Felice, Eterea
14
2:52
 
Lazy
15
9:36
 

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