Grown Backwards

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Grown Backwards
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 16, 2004 (2004-03-16)
RecordedKampo Studios, New York City; strings recorded at Tequila Mockingbird, Austin, Texas and several other locations
GenreArt pop, chamber pop, orchestral pop, baroque pop, opera
LanguageEnglish, French ("Au fond du Temple Saint"), Italian ("Un Dì, Felice, Eterea")
LabelNonesuch/Warner Bros.
ProducerDavid Byrne and Patrick Dillett
David Byrne chronology
Lead Us Not into Temptation
Grown Backwards
David Byrne Live at Union Chapel

Grown Backwards is the seventh studio album by musician David Byrne, released on March 16, 2004.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Pitchfork Media7.6/10[3]

Grown Backwards received positive reviews from critics noted at review aggregator Metacritic. It has a weighted average score of 78 out of 100, based on 17 reviews..[1]

In 2010, Byrne claimed in his book How Music Works it has sold 127,000 physical albums, 8,000 digital albums and 53,000 digital singles (overall 140,000 units sold of albums).[4] The album peaked at #178 and #88 in the US and UK respectively.[5][6] The album was released on vinyl for the first time on March 15, 2019.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by David Byrne, except where noted.

1."Glass, Concrete & Stone"4:13
2."The Man Who Loved Beer" (Donald Charles Book and Kurt Wagner)2:41
3."Au fond du Temple Saint (From Les pêcheurs de perles)" (Georges Bizet, Eugène Cormon, Michel Carré)4:49
5."Tiny Apocalypse"4:03
6."She Only Sleeps"2:57
7."Dialog Box"3:30
8."The Other Side of this Life"4:00
14."Un Dì, Felice, Eterea (From La Traviata)" (Giuseppe Verdi)2:51
15."Lazy (Bonus track)" (Byrne/X-Press 2)9:35
2019 vinyl edition bonus tracks
16."Strange Enough"2:35
20."Show and Tell"2:41
21."The Bumps"3:25


Musicians in the Hollywood Bowl
Byrne on the My Backwards Life tour with Tosca Strings
Performing musicians
Recording studios
  • "Glass, Concrete & Stone" recorded at Loveshack Studio
  • "The Man Who Loved Beer", "Dialog Box" and "The Other Side of This Life" recorded at Avatar
  • "Au Fond du Temple Saint" and "Empire" recorded at RPM Studio
  • "Tiny Apocalypse" recorded at CaVa Sound Workshops
  • "She Only Sleeps" recorded at Cheeba Central
  • Horns for "Dialog Box", "Pirates" and "Glad" recorded at Congress House Studio
  • Drums for "Why", "Pirates" and "Civilisation" recorded at Skyline
  • "Un di Felice, Eterea" recorded at Sound on Sound


  1. ^ a b "Grown Backwards by David Byrne". Metacritic. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
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  4. ^ Byrne, David (2 May 2017). How Music Works (2nd ed.). Crown/Archetype. p. 251. ISBN 978-0804188944.
  5. ^ "David Byrne". Billboard. Retrieved 5 September 2021.
  6. ^ "DAVID BYRNE | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 5 September 2021.
  7. ^ "David Byrne's Nonesuch Debut Album, "Grown Backwards," to Get First Vinyl Release with Six Bonus Tracks, March 15". Nonesuch Records. Retrieved 13 February 2019.

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