Half Notes: David Byrne – Big Love: Hymnal (2008)

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The music that David Byrne has created, especially outside of the realm of the Talking Heads, has always resonated with me. Be it The Catherine Wheel, Music for the Knee Plays, or My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Byrne seems to be able to draw musical influences in from all over the place to create something that’s very “other.” This was an album of music that David Byrne created for the second season of the now-departed HBO series “Big Love.” Let me begin by admitting that I’d never seen a single episode of the series. It’s not that I’m a TV snob (can somebody who watches “What Not To Wear” rationalize snobbery about other shows? I don’t think so!), it’s just that I have too many other things going on to fit in much viewing. But … now that I’ve heard Byrne score these episodes, maybe I should carve out a couple of hours with the DVD player.

‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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