U.B. Jesus - David Byrne - Look Into The Eyeball

Label: Virgin - CDVUS 189,Luaka Bop - 72438-50924-2-8,Virgin - 7243 8 50924 2 8 • Format: Cassette Album • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Alternative Rock
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It goes without saying that any David Byrne solo release will be all over the sonic map, and true to form, Look Into the Eyeball provides a pancultural stew of musical styles, exotic rhythms, and international guest stars. But what separates Eyeball from Byrne 's previous offering, the only-fitfully successful Feelingsis a renewed emphasis on lush, natural U.B. Jesus - David Byrne - Look Into The Eyeball and consistent production.

Tracks such as "Smile," "The Revolution," "The Accident," and "Everyone's in Love With You" best demonstrate his new approach: Spare melodies are layered atop subtle, percolating rhythms and then filled in with evocative string arrangements.

Better yet, Byrne 's two collaborations with legendary Philly soul producer Thom Bell -- the buoyant "Like Humans Do" and "Neighborhood" -- blend in effortlessly with the other material. Of course, old habits die hard: "U. Jesus" and "The Great Intoxication" are at once too slick and too simple, with muddled messages both musically and lyrically. It doesn't help that the latter track features a cringe-inducing, self-referential "Who disco? Who techno? Who hip-hop? Who bebop? The remainder of the album vacillates between pleasant Talking Heads -ish pop "Walk on Water" and accomplished if out-of-place forays into the Latin avant-garde "Desconocido Soy".

It's hard to fault Byrne -- who produces an album every three or four years -- for packing as much as he can into one release. So it's best to view Look Into the Eyeball for what it is: an entertaining assimilation of the sundry artists and sounds he's gotten into since his last trip into the studio.

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