Album: David Brne & St Vincent, Love This Giant (4AD)

It's been many years since Byrne, the former head Talking Head, has sounded this comfortable with his pop roots.

This is good news. Because while his solo projects since have never been less than interesting, few would claim that he has ever matched the work he created with that seminal band. Guitarist and singer St Vincent (Annie Clark) here proves a perfect foil and – with the help of a brass-led backing band – Love This Giant is a skewed and funky instant classic.