For years it's been easier to like the idea of David Byrne than the musician himself. Despite his impeccable taste and the fact that he runs one of the best record labels on the planet, Byrne's own work seemed awkward, with as many interesting ideas rammed in as possible. What makes Look Into The Eyeball work is that he seems to have eased off some. The dozens of different influences are still there, from laid-back Philly soul to elegant Brazilian swing. And while some of the playing sounds like a stiff studio band rather than a relaxed unit, the need to overwhelm is gone, and Byrne sounds like he's having the time of his life. He plays the Phoenix (note new venue) Tuesday (May 8).