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Ride, Rise, Roar Review

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A concert film capturing David Byrne's Everything That Happens Happens Today tour. The one-time Talking Head fuses dance with tracks from the album and his Talking Heads heyday.

★★★★★

One-time Talking Head and all-round rock icon David Byrne shows that he's still got plenty of creative juice in the tank in this enjoyable, if low-key concert movie. Taking his latest Brian Eno collaboration Everything That Happens Will Happen Today out on the road, Byrne builds a sparkling show around the medium of contemporary dance. Newbie director Hillman Curtis splices the dancers' captivating blur of fluidity and grace with some less than revealing behind-the-scenes footage, but it's Byrne's show, a unique performer still at the peak of his powers. While it's a distance from the raw brilliance of Stop Making Sense, Jonathan Demme's seminal Talking Heads-athon, dance aficionados will find plenty of enjoy and it'll bring a tear to the eye of nostalgic 'Heads fans.

Loose-limbed and graceful, the dancing is a surprising focal point, as David Byrne happily cedes the attention to his elegantly choreographed on-stage companions. As concert films go, it's diverting rather than spectacular but Talking Heads fans will love seeing the old maestro back in action.

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