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Sensuality and spirituality might seem like unlikely leitmotifs for one song, but two years before he became a pastor in 1976, Al Green and his guitarist, Teenie Hodges, married both themes on a soul classic that grooved and rollicked righteously.
On their second album, More Songs About Buildings And Food, New York’s Talking Heads slowed down the tempo, found spaces and bumps in the sound, let the organ breathe deeply and sat the whole thing down in the front pew of a Memphis church for a true musical benediction.
David Byrne’s inspired vocal performance - at times he’s erupting in uncontrollable vocal ticks and growls, while at others he’s singing naturally and serenely, even gliding in a falsetto swoon - suggest a man wrestling with and ultimately saved by beatific, healing visions.