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Maybe an unfortunate cover, I dunno. I’ve always absolutely loved this album, and it was my first exposure to solo Byrne material, roughly around 1995, when his position as “elder statesman” was still anything but secure. This album was swept under the rug by the 90s zeitgeist of raging steroid grunge, Nine Inch Nails and west coast rap. I’m utterly biased because every note has a nostalgic resonance to me. -Ian!

Uh-Oh was only David Byrne’s second pop-oriented solo album and his first to be released after the formal end of Talking Heads. Though informed by his various investigations into world music, the album was a natural successor to the Talking Heads records, relying on involved percussion tracks topped by Byrne’s quirky singing and lyrics. By this point, disaffected fans may have grown accustomed to the idea that a David Byrne solo album could contain anything from an extended flirtation with Latin styles (Rei Momo) to an eclectic instrumental score (The Forest), to name only his most recent solo projects. Maybe Byrne and his record label failed to get out the message that he was back to making Heads-style pop/rock (he didn’t organize a tour until the album had come and gone on the charts), but Uh-Oh never reached its potential audience. Talking Heads fans should give it a listen.

-AMG

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David Byrne-UH-OH (1992)
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