Album: David Byrne, Big Love: Hymnal, (TodoMundo)

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If there was one artist you thought you could rely on not to fall prey to irrationalism, it was David Byrne, sometime minister of the prankster cult the Church of the SubGenius.

Fear not: the Talking Heads man may have released an album of religious songs, but they're incidental pieces for the Mormon HBO drama 'Big Love'. Byrne's 21 fake hymns, which are mainly instrumental and mercifully brief, are homespun, cordial and simple, and, with their Sally Army-style horns, accidentally very Christmassy.

Pick of the Album: Purely for the title: 'The Breastplate of Righteousness'