David Byrne & Fatboy Slim, "Here Lies Love"

56 Billboard Rating

Part art project, part all-star indie gathering, "Here Lies Love" is David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's unusual collaborative song cycle about the life of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines. With a lineup of guests including Florence & the Machine's Florence Welch, Tori Amos, Steve Earle and Santigold, the 22-track tribute features a diverse mix of thoughtful ballads and disco-influenced dance numbers. Cyndi Lauper's giddy vocals on "Eleven Days" and Róisín Murphy's horn-driven "Don't You Agree?" offer the most lasting thrills on the album. And winning duets include Candie Payne and St. Vincent on the breezy "Every Drop of Rain" and Byrne's emotional collaboration with My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden on "Seven Years." At times, "Here Lies Love" wobbles as a concept album, and listeners unfamiliar with Marcos' story may not initially understand the lyrical conceits. But it contains enough solid material to justify repeated listens.

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