Sounds From True Stories
Rock Follies comes to a close with Evan Kindley’s review of David Byrne’s directorial debut True Stories. Evan calls it “part urbanist treatise, part Altmanesque narrative, part mockumentary, and part musical.”
Things are a little confusing when it comes to David Byrne’s True Stories. First there’s the movie. Then there’s the Talking Heads album, True Stories — which is not a soundtrack to the film, though there’s a little overlap. Then there’s the Sounds From True Stories LP, which is a soundtrack to the film, though it doesn’t feature all the music. It’s the latter document we’ve got for you today, since it’s never been issued on CD. Sounds From True Stories is a hodgepodge of styles and artists, ranging from the Kronos Quartet to Meredith Monk to Byrne and the Talking Heads themselves. But it’s a cohesive, enjoyable listen, for sure. A little bit frustratingly, almost none of the vocal numbers from the movie are included, this is mostly instrumental. But it’s a lovely album nonetheless. I especially dig the instrumental version of one of my fave latter-day Taking Heads tracks “City of Dreams” (entitled “City of Steel” here, presumably because of the prominent pedal steel guitar).