Byrne, David - American Utopia CD

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While singer/songwriter and former Talking Heads frontman, David Byrne, has collaborated on joint releases with Brian Eno, Norman Cook (AKA Fatboy Slim), and most recently St. Vincent, for decade, American Utopia is Byrne's first solo album since 2004's Grown Backwards. His new album fits hand-in-hand with Byrne's vision for his series Reasons To Be Cheerful, named for the song by the late Ian Dury.

For a year, David Byrne collected stories, news, ideas, and other items that all either embody or identify examples of things that inspire optimism, such as a tech breakthrough, a musical act, a new idea in urban planning or transportation – something seen, heard, or tasted. Just as the album questions the current state of society while offering solace through song, the content of the series recognizes the darkness and complexity of today while showcasing alternatives to the despair that threatens us.