David Byrne & St. Vincent
"Love This Giant"
Juicy questions come wrapped in chewy textures on "Love This Giant," an album-length collaboration between David Byrne and St. Vincent. He's the deadpan eccentric best known for fronting Talking Heads; she's a sly singer-guitarist (born Annie Clark) beloved by brainy indie types. Acquainted through mutual friends in the New York rock scene, the two first teamed up at the behest of Housing Works, a Big Apple bookstore that previously paired Björk with Brooklyn's Dirty Projectors for a one-off benefit gig.
Yet "Love This Giant" quickly outgrew its impetus: In these 12 songs — built on voice and guitar but generously appointed with bright brass arrangements and funky machine beats — Byrne and Clark sound like psychosocial explorers setting out on an open-ended quest.