Noise Pollution is Good for You
2004, Alternative Rock, Art-Rock, David Byrne, Indie, Opera

19. Something for the Weekend: David Byrne “Glass, Concrete and Stone (live)”

David Byrne "Grown Backwards" (2004)

Recorded in 2004 on the BBC’s Jools Holland show, David Byrne put down a fantastic live version of “Glass, Concrete & Stone”.

Released earlier that year on his album Grown Backwards, the album delved into moments of symphonic and operatic beauty, while also staying true to some of Byrne’s rock yearnings.

Produced with Patrick Dillett, it was Byrne’s best received album since Rei Momo at the tail end of the 80’s – since Grown Backwards, his output has increased in quality as the pendulum swung back towards the former Talking Heads lead.
That year, “Glass, Concrete & Stone” would also feature in the soundtrack to the Dennis Quaid and Scarlett Johansson schmaltz/romantic comedy, In Good Company and was covered by singer-songwriter, Holly Miranda earlier this year on her EP Choose to See.

Since Grown Backwards, Byrne has knocked out three further albums, including his 2006 effort with Brian Eno, Everything that Happens Will Happen Today and Here Lies Love – his collaboration with Fat Boy Slim that was released in April of this year.


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