Q's Top 20: #12 - David Byrne & St. Vincent

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#12 on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012 could easily be the best collaboration of the year. As soon as we heard the news that David Byrne and St. Vincent were getting together to make a record and tour behind it, we felt instant elation... the kind that takes you back to your earliest days as a music fan, eagerly awaiting the new album from a beloved artist. Byrne is a veteran frontman, solo artist, visual artist, author, and perpetual generator of cool ideas. St. Vincent is an accomplished songwriter, bandleader, and a deft guitarist. They're from two different musical generations, but they clearly speak the same musical language. They communicate it sumptuously on their record Love This Giant, an album full of irresistable rhythms, rich horns, thick guitar breaks, and unusual, but entirely accessible songcraft, from the intimate to the epic.

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