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Blue in the Face [Luaka Bop]

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Blue in the Face [Luaka Bop] Review

by William Ruhlmann

Music from the wilds of Brooklyn! Luaka Bop label-head and co-executive producer David Byrne teams up with the late Tejano singer Selena on "God's Child" and with Indian orchestra leader Vijaya Anand on "Happy Suicide," songs that, as their titles suggest, feature Byrne's typically quirky lyrics; Spearhead and Zap Mama perform "To My Ba-Bay!"; the John Lurie National Orchestra declares, "Let's Get Ready to Rhumba"; Astor Piazzolla contributes "Tango Apasionado," and Lou Reed previews his upcoming Set the Twilight Reeling album with the nostalgic "Egg Cream." In and around and through, Danny Hoch, in various guises, contributes spoken-word performances. Who would have thought New York City's least respected borough could be so exotic?

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