Paramount Theatre Downtown
Thurs May 24, 2018, 8 pm All Ages
Recommended by Dave Segal
The former Talking Heads frontman has had, shall we say, a patchy solo career. For every mind-boggler like My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (with Brian Eno) or The Catherine Wheel, there’s a dud (Look into the Eyeball, Feelings). The longer he goes, the more David Byrne lapses into corny sentimentality—at least melodically and vocally. The new American Utopia has contributions from Eno and Oneohtrix Point Never, but there’s still a conservativeness to the production and a blandness to the songwriting. Even if Byrne’s lyrics were challenging Ta-Nehisi Coates for perceptiveness about the United States’ sociopolitical temperature, American Utopia would still be tough to love. But Byrne is such an engaging live performer and boasts such a bulging cache of classics, this set is sure to have some spectacular moments.