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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
When he's on his game, as he is on Look into the Eyeball, David Byrne's non sequiturs balance startling revelations and wry humor. The ironic "U.B. Jesus" begins with a plea to a girlfriend, "Hey be my savior," then moves to "Jesus'll kill you if you don't get along," then concludes, back with the girlfriend, "Baby, you are the only car I drive." By the end, you may ask yourself, How did I get here? -- although you know you enjoyed the ride. Musically, Byrne's seventh solo album tones down the high-concept constructions common to many of his past works. As he's been doing since his days in the Talking Heads, Byrne dabbles in rhythms, from the driving funk of "The Moment...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
When he's on his game, as he is on Look into the Eyeball, David Byrne's non sequiturs balance startling revelations and wry humor. The ironic "U.B. Jesus" begins with a plea to a girlfriend, "Hey be my savior," then moves to "Jesus'll kill you if you don't get along," then concludes, back with the girlfriend, "Baby, you are the only car I drive." By the end, you may ask yourself, How did I get here? -- although you know you enjoyed the ride. Musically, Byrne's seventh solo album tones down the high-concept constructions common to many of his past works. As he's been doing since his days in the Talking Heads, Byrne dabbles in rhythms, from the driving funk of "The Moment of Conception" to the Latin-flavored "Desconocido Soy" with a cameo from Café Tacuba's NRU to the lilting ode to jealousy "Everyone's in Love with You." But almost all the songs come with strings attached. String arrangements soar with '60s pop innocence on the gospel-accented "Walk on Water"; they sweep Philly-soul style on "Neighborhood" and "Like Humans Do" thanks to arranger Thom Bell's classic touch; and they are sweetly theatrical on "Smile," which echoes Charlie Chaplin's famous song of the same name. In lyrics and music, Look into the Eyeball is full of surprisingly insightful juxtapositions.
All Music Guide - Michael Hastings
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 Feelings, is a renewed emphasis on lush, natural sounds and consistent production. Nearly every track boasts strings and/or horns, and the textures go a long way in unifying Byrne's insistent genre-hopping. 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.B. 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?..." shout-out. 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.
Entertainment Weekly
His Great Solo Album, folding his obsessions with Afro-Cuban rhythms, Brazilian art song, American soul-funk, and workaday surrealism into perhaps his sweetest melodies ever.
Mojo
The former Talking Head has rarely sounded so vital.

His Great Solo Album, folding his obsessions with Afro-Cuban rhythms, Brazilian art song, American soul-funk, and workaday surrealism into perhaps his sweetest melodies ever.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2001
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724385092428
  • Catalog Number: 50924

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 U.B. Jesus (3:50)
  2. 2 The Revolution (2:15)
  3. 3 The Great Intoxication (2:37)
  4. 4 Like Humans Do (3:32)
  5. 5 Broken Things (4:30)
  6. 6 The Accident (2:34)
  7. 7 Desconocido Soy - NRU (2:39)
  8. 8 Neighborhood (4:32)
  9. 9 Smile (3:33)
  10. 10 The Moment of Conception (2:57)
  11. 11 Walk On Water (3:26)
  12. 12 Everyone's In Love With You (2:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Byrne Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Mellotron
Dan Reed Violin
Thom Bell fender rhodes
Herb Besson Trombone
Virgil Blackwell Clarinet
Kysia Bostic Background Vocals
Paulinho Braga Percussion
Vivian Cherry Background Vocals
Greg Cohen Upright Bass
Laurence Etkin Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Paul Frazier Bass
Robert Funk Trombone
Birch Johnson Trombone
Tony Kadleck Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Suzanne Ornstein Violin
Sandra Park Violin
Shawn Pelton Percussion, Drums
Sue Pray Viola
Stewart Rose French Horn
Roger Rosenberg Baritone Saxophone
Laura Seaton Violin
Shelley Woodworth English Horn
Marlon Saunders Background Vocals
Vinicius Cantuaria Percussion
Imani Coppola Background Vocals
Mauro Refosco Percussion
Sarah Seiver Cello
Eileen Moon Cello
Sharon Yamada Violin
NRU Vocals
Robert Rinehart Viola
Lisa Kim Violin
Fiona Simon Violin
Nick Cords Viola
Ken Lewis Percussion, Keyboards
Ken Lewis Bass, Keyboards
Alan Stepansky Cello
Bob Carlisle French Horn
Technical Credits
David Byrne Arranger
Thom Bell Arranger
Greg Calbi Mastering
Greg Cohen Arranger
Mike Mangini Producer
Jaques Morelenbaum Arranger
Danny Clinch Back Cover
Ken Lewis Engineer
Ken Lewis Engineer
Michael Mangiri Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best Albums I Heard this Year

    This was the first David Byrne solo album that I've ever picked up since his performances with the Talking Heads. I was pleasantly surprised and blown away by how good this album is. Although, this compliation was released last year, it is one of the best albums I've heard this year, by far. I was reacquainted with Byrne's music when I listened to the Thievery Corporation remix of ''Dancing on Vaseline'' from Byrne's last album, ''Feelings'' and a mp3 , ''Like Humans Do,'' that was included with my computer off of Byrne's current solo effort. Those two songs helped me fall in love with Byrne's music all over again, and I decided to give Byrne's latest release a chance. I was pleased to see that he's captured some of the wry, sarcastic humor that the Talking Heads was known for in their songs during the 80s. My current favorites off of this album are the poignant ''The Accident'' with the string accompaniment, ''Everyone's in Love with You,'' ''Like Humans Do,'' ''The Moment of Conception,'' and ''Descidindo Soy.'' Every song is a gem in its own right. It's nice to see that David Byrne hasn't lost his touch of genius and humor since his departure from the Talking Heads. I've been listening to this masterpiece non-stop since I've got it. It's definitely worth the buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''The Great Intoxication'' is the One

    On every David Byrne album since he left the Talking Heads, there's always one song that stands out -- even when the entire album is near genius. Give a listen to ''The Great Intoxication'' -- if it doesn't give you that same fuzzy, freaky feeling you had when you first heard ''Miss America'' (the stand-out from his last under-appreciated album ''Feelings), you need to re-examine your life. Byrne never fails to impress me with his honesty, his innovativeness, and most of all, his catchy sincerity. Take a chance on ''Look Into The Eyeball'' and you won't find yourself disappointed...

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