Picks and Pans Review: Feelings
Chalk it up to happenstance that two of pop's quirkier veterans from the 1970s and '80s, Rickie Lee Jones and David Byrne, have recently released discs that reflect a variety of au courant styles. But while Jones's detour into samples and synthesizers is jarring, ex-Talking Heads front man Byrne smoothly shows off his musical range with an assortment of dance-savvy grooves. Byrne taps the British trip-hop trio Morcheeba to work up the jungle funk of "Fuzzy Freaky," then goes Rio on the Brazilian romp "Miss America" and fiddles around with some Cajun spice supplied by violinists Pierre La Roux and Ashley MacIsaac on "Daddy Go Down." Even with all his technical complexities, Byrne has pulled off a neat trick in this digitally enhanced age: He has found a soul within the machine. (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.)
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