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Byrne's chapter and verse on the majesty of music

How Music Works by David Byrne. Canongate, €27.70. Reviewed by Jonathan O'Brien

22nd September, 2012
David Byrne: the former Talking Heads frontman has written a comprehensive and entertaining guide to the inner workings of music. Photo: Photo: Getty

How Music Works


I approached this musical memoir with something of a heavy heart, having reviewed David Byrne's latest let-down of an album mere days earlier, a collaboration with Annie Clark of St Vincent that's too clever-clever for its own good. The vast majority of what Byrne has done since the 1991 demise of Talking Heads has been along these lines - plenty of brains and imagination evident in the mix, but simply not enough...

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