David Byrne and Fatboy Slim- Here Lies Love (Warner Music Canada)

The perhaps unlikely pairing of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim delivers surprisingly good results on Here Lies Love, a club/dance concept record around the life of Imelda Marcos and her nanny Estrella Cumpas.  The record features an enviable list of female vocalists trading off lead vocal duties over these 22 songs; included are Tori Amos, Martha Wainwright, Nellie Mckay, Natalie Merchant and Cyndi Lauper among many others. Although some hardcore dance fans might be disappointed at the seemingly “lite” approach to club music given to many of these tracks, I don’t suspect the club demographic was their target audience with this record. Approach with an open mind and reap the rewards!