Saturday, April 24, 2010

Here Lies Love -- Imelda Marcos


Rolling Stone, the US-based rock and roll magazine, gave the Imelda Marcos-inspired album "Here Lies Love" a favorable review. The album is a collaboration between David Byrne and Fatboy Slim.
Rolling Stone writer Jody Rosen, who reviewed the album, wrote, "David Byrne turns an unwieldy premise - a musical dramatization of former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos' early life - into dizzy fun by setting 22 songs to Fatboy Slim's lush and bustling dance beats."
Rosen noted that "Marcos was a clubgoer who had a disco ball in her New York town house."
The Rolling Stone review also described the themes of the songs in "Here Lies Love" as "depicting (Imelda) Marcos' outsize anxieties, desires, and ambitions," and cautioned listeners to "dig into that heady stuff if you like," but ultimately pointed to the lively quality of the music in the album when it advised listeners to "just surrender to the inexorable beats" of Byrne and Fatboy Slim's tunes.

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