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Here Lies Love

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim

Here Lies Love

Concept dance album about Imelda Marcos, featuring an array of guests including Florence Welch, Tori Amos, Martha Wainwright

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  1. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    A headily atmospheric and inspired combination of humid, late-Seventies, early-Eighties Latin-tilted beats and lyrics you actually want to think about
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  2. 8.0 |   The Times

    Byrne called Fatboy Slim to help him to create something that avoids the “evening-length arc” of a musical or opera in favour of “the rise and fall of the DJ’s beats and tracks in a dance club”
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  3. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    The majority of these star turns, among them Roisin Murphy, Tori Amos, Martha Wainwright and Natalie Merchant, are quite charming
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  4. 8.0 |   NME

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  5. 8.0 |   Q

    Print edition only

  6. 7.0 |   Blurt

    With Byrne's patented Tropical lilt and Fatboy's beats added to the music's snazzy patina, the whole affair comes across as equal parts Latin tele-novella and Evita
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  7. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    An impressive work that certainly shows the marks of five years’ worth of refinement
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  8. 6.0 |   Eye Weekly

    Natalie Merchant steals the album with a haunting turn on “Order 1081”, while a duet between Cyndi Lauper and Tori Amos on “Why Don’t You Love Me” blends Broadway with Sade
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  9. 5.3 |   Beats Per Minute

    The album is bloated by a number of clunking “plot drivers” and the inescapable feeling that this should never have been heard outside of the theatre; at least not in its full incarnation
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  10. 5.0 |   Pitchfork

    Devote an hour-and-a-half to this? Why? You could listen to Remain in Light twice with time to spare. Or just play "The Rockafeller Skank" 13 times in a row
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  11. 5.0 |   The Observer

    A frustrating concept album, full of placeless music, lyrical platitudes and a surfeit of singers
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  12. 4.0 |   Mojo

    Print edition only

  13. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    It's hard to pick out the energy and style of either musician in this odd musical confluence... Oddly disappointing
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  14. 2.0 |   The Sunday Times

    Byrne’s cheerleaders will no doubt hail it as insightful and daring, but it isn’t. It’s glib, repetitive and smug
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