Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Byrne Still Ahead of the Game

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Byrne Still Ahead of the Game

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Byline: By Rachael Brannan

David Byrne

Newcastle Opera House

Combining a flowing combination of solo tracks and Heads' classics, international music pioneer and front man of the Talking Heads, David Byrne performed last night at Newcastle Opera House. With barely an empty seat in the house for his return to Newcastle, spirits and expectations were certainly high.

Byrne has spent in excess of two decades aggressively exploring a broad variety of sounds. Like his persona, his songs are a curious combination of the mundane with the weird, the straightforward with the inventive, and the sincere with the ironic ( all of which traverse the boundaries of new wave, classical, tribal dance and Brazilian fiesta.

For the die-hard followers, Road To Nowhere and Once In A Lifetime harked back to the early 80s, and had resonance, even with the dispassionate such as myself. Newer material, driven by Latino polyrhythmic percussion, chamber strings and quirky yet solid vocals, proved Byrne has moved on, but not lost his touch and provided a solid backbone to the performance. …

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