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More Songs About Buildings And Food

Talking Heads

1978

More Songs About Buildings And Food

Album Summary

More Songs About Buildings and Food is the second studio album by American rock band Talking Heads, released on July 14, 1978, by Sire Records. It was the first of three albums produced by collaborator Brian Eno, and saw the band move toward a danceable style, crossing singer David Byrne's unusual delivery with new emphasis on the rhythm section composed of bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz. More Songs established Talking Heads as a critical success, reaching number 29 on the US Billboard Pop Albums chart and number 21 on the UK Albums Chart. The album featured the band's first top-thirty single, a cover of Al Green's "Take Me to the River".

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Rating

3.42

Votes

6015

Genres

  • Post Punk
  • New Wave
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Tue Jun 01 2021
2

There are too many Talking Heads albums on this list. Just like all the others, about a third of these tracks are okay, the other two-thirds are pointless, repetitive, boring, or annoying. I'm being generous with two stars.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
2

Frustrating. Talking Heads are a band I always think I should like way more than I do. Until we try again in another 12 months Mr Byrne.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
2

Every Talking Heads song sounds the same to me. I just don't really care for them too much. Favorite Tracks: "Take Me to the River"

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Wed Dec 02 2020
5

Super fun and catchy. Realizing more and more why some rando on RYM described LCD Soundsystem as a carbon copy of Talking Heads (in a good way), even though he was totally wrong.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

This is the Talking Heads before Afrobeat really took over as an influence. I really enjoy the second half of this album a lot and I think it is paced very well. The playing is incredibly tight (the drums on I’m Not In Love are *chef kiss*) and some wild guitar effects to make it extra funky. I tend to prefer more of their later output, but this one is still very nice and has a lot of songs that I show people if they ask about good Talking Heads starter songs. Favorite track: I’m Not In Love Least favorite track: The Good Thing

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

The beginning of their collaboration with Eno and where they really start to take off. Eno came in and bring just the right amount of punch and flourish to the mix. This is a real nice midpoint in their sound as they continued to evolve. Love how the album starts by just ripping right into it. So much forward momentum on this album.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

Pretty cool, I liked this a lot. Everything sounds tight without being overly clean, the basslines are really fun, and the lyrics are interesting to think about. Last few songs kinda fell off imo. 4.5

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Sat May 15 2021
1

I like what comes after this album, but holy god I cannot stand this album. Highlights: 1.

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Sat May 08 2021
5

Great album. It’s interesting to consider just how weird David Byrne’s cadence / singing patterns were.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

More bass + breaks than would've epxected David Byrne sounds a bit like RuPaul? Cover of that Big Mouth Billy bass song that reminds me of Tony Soprano beating up Georgie with the fish :( fav track: The Girl Wants To Be With The Girls

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Sat May 15 2021
5

Call this album sausages because every song is a banger. Favorite track: Artists Only

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

This and the other two albums in the "Eno Trilogy" were a staple of my teenage listening. Talking Heads were my band and spoke to this oddball from the suburbs, I even used "Artists Only" as a tag for a little while. This album is testament to the fact that they were four talented artists, not just David Byrne's dog and pony show

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

‘Jerky funk rhythms’ is a good description. I’ve never heard of this album, nor heard any of the songs. Outstanding, very pleasantly surprised. You know it’s good when you want to play it the 3rd time without a break. Their 2nd LP and the first of 3 produced by Brian Eno. This is interesting, lots going on. Love the band, not sure about the voice at this early stage but the rhythm of the voice and the lyrics bring it together and the rhythm is excellent, would be great live. Can’t help but move to this. Love the sound, the production, the bass in particular sounds amazing. Sounds indie at times, jangly guitars, but always with a funky drums & bass. Music to lose yourself in at the gig or on the dance floor.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
5

Is it the best album about buildings and food? Yes.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

"More Songs About Buildings and Food" is the Talking Heads' second studio album and the first of three collaborated with Brian Eno. The music is more rhythm and dance driven with quirky, jangly guitars and Eno's keyboards overlaying. Tina Weymouth (bass) and Chris Frantz (drums) really come to the forefront and in a lot of these songs. David Byrne's lyrics are sometimes about relationships, other times not. When they are, it is usually in a weird and original context. This is a fantastic album. The album cover is a photomosaic using 539 close-up Polaroids. Another interesting fact: the song title comes from a title suggestion for their first album of "Songs About Buildings and Food." They just added the More. The rollicking "Thanks You for Sending Me an Angel" begins the album with drums kicking in. Percussions would be added later. Somewhat chaotic/frenetic guitar comes in. It appears to have somewhat non-sensical lyrics...about parenting a baby? The song was a definite highlight of "Stop Making Sense." The first side continues the fast rhythmic pace and ends with another "Stop Making Sense" standout "Found a Job." Here's where Weymouth and Frantz really lay the funk. Weird and interesting keyboards. Some more original lyrics about making a relationship more interesting than what the couple sees on TV. One of my favorite Talking Heads songs. Side two continues the pace but ends on two slower-paced songs. Tina Weymouth lays a great bass line on the Al Green cover "Take Me to the River." Great vocals by Byrne and a somewhat surprising US top 40 hit. Slide guitar highlights "The Big Country." Does David want to live between NYC and LA or doesn't he or is he poking fun at coastal elitists? A lot of days " More Songs About Buildings and Food" is my favorite Talking Heads album which is saying a lot since they have a few outstanding ones. Obviously, an album highly, highly recommended for a listen.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Day 37 of Albums You Must Hear.. More Songs About Buildings and Food is the second album from New Wave band Talking Heads. I reviewed their debut album ‘77 about a month ago and enjoyed it. Talking Heads sophomore offering finds the band with a new producer, Brian Eno, who would help the band add a bit more danceability to their already polished sound, resulting in Talking Heads coming more into their own style that would become more and more “uniquely them” for the next few years. On MSABAF, singer David Byrne would broaden his singing a bit more, bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz would bring even more of a pulse to the rhythm section and Jerry Harrison would continue to create funky synthesizer and guitar effects. The cover of Al Green’s Take Me to the River was a smash hit for the band and is an absolute gem! I’m Not in Love is another great track that can easily get stuck in your head all day. I had fun with Talking Heads More Songs About Buildings and Food and their unique approach to punk rock. Please share your thoughts, memories and opinions!!

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Tue Dec 29 2020
2

I just don't like his voice

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Thu Dec 10 2020
2

more dorky 70s rock.... it's not awful but there really doesn't need to be so much of it on this list. 2/5.

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Tue Dec 22 2020
5

Automatic five stars

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Own this on vinyl, love all things Talking Heads!

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Sun May 02 2021
5

Talking Heads you say? Well they're no Stuart Maconie in the talking heads stakes. When was the last time you saw David Byrne on one of those I Heart The 1980s, I Heart the 1990s, I Heart Whatever Happened A Week Last Tuesday TV shows? And when was the last time Stuart Maconie wasn't featured in one of those I Heart The 1980s, I Heart the 1990s, I Heart Whatever Happened A Week Last Tuesday TV shows? Byrne just isn't putting the work in to be considered a real top level talking head. He's just not in the conversation when Channel 4 are looking for someone to reminisce about the first series of Big Brother. This album is great though, I'm sure Maconie has pretended he remembers its release vividly on some nostalgia-fest TV show or other.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

I really enjoyed this album, more than I thought I would. After all the "challenging" prog and art rock that this list has been suggesting, I was braced for more despite my general appreciation for talking heads. This album was listenable end-to-end and I found myself picking my head up from my work to just sit and enjoy it. Really good stuff.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

Top album

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Sat Jun 26 2021
5

My fiftieth album from perhaps my favourite band!

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Thu May 13 2021
5

Oh my god

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Thu Jul 01 2021
5

super fun, super good, really great album

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Wed Sep 01 2021
5

Fantastic, enjoyed this immensely

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

As TH no. 1 fan ;) I think that this album should be replaced by Speaking With Tongues, which to my best knowledge isn't among the 1000 (and one). Still, it's great to observe the transformation of the band from '77 to Fear Of Music. If you ever wondered how the mix of '77 and FOM would look like, that's the answer. When you listen to all the band's albums, it'll become very clear that an album like "More Songs..." had to be recorded. For me it always seemed like a natural step and maybe that's why I wasn't focusing on it. But songs like: "Thank You for Sending Me an Angel", "Found a Job'', "I'm Not in Love", "Stay Hungry", "The Big Country" and "Take Ne to the River" are absolutely TOP. I also have to say that "The Good Thing" sounds too calm and predictable for a TH song and "Artist Only" sounds too much like a Talking Heads song.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

The first of a trio of masterpieces (and my second-favorite of the bunch). There is not an ounce of fat on this record and not a single disposable track. I would also recommend this as the perfect introduction album for Talking Heads. The Big Country is my favorite track.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

Love this album and a big fan of this new wave-post punk genre

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Sat Dec 11 2021
5

Another brilliant Talking Heads album.

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Sat Dec 11 2021
5

Timeless music. Miles better than most of the other albums on the list.

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Sat Dec 18 2021
5

I loved it, it had a very unique sound.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
5

Amazing. Wheelhouse.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

Excellent album.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

Love Talking Heads and this album delivers exactly what I want from them. Excellent follow up to their debut Talking Heads: 77, it’s like a seamless continuation of that album. I’m Not in Love is my new favourite Talking Heads song.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

I absolutely adore Talking Heads and David Byrne in general. They are so creative and different and such an excellent sound in everything they do. I'm currently reading David Byrne's book How Music Works which is great and he outlook on what music is and 'how it works' is great. This album really shows so many different aspects of what makes great music great. Also I think Tina Weymouth is the best bassist I know of, Talking Heads basslines are so so good and a big fat middle finger up to people who think bass is just a necessary but boring thing, the bass in Talking Heads is so integral to their sound.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

Listening to this album has brought me to an entire day of Talking Heads and it's a discovery I really enjoyed. Now I've likely listened to most albums once or twice in my life before, but it has made for a great day with some incredible music. First of all, this album itself, it's so incredibly infectious and fun. The basslines are jumpy, the lyrics are different, the music is clever. And, what's more, it's a strong album. There's no song to skip, not even the Al Green cover.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

Honestly, very good stuff, some very good songs.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

I am very familiar with TALKING HEADS with being a fan having and listening to their second album, MORE SONGS ABOUT BUILDINGS AND FOOD, along with most of their entire oeuvre. After re-listening to MORE SONGS ABOUT BUILDINGS AND FOOD, this album still great and fresh as it was in 1978. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, along with TALKING HEADS - MORE SONGS ABOUT BUILDINGS AND FOOD, their debut, third and fourth albums are also listed: TALKING HEADSː 77 (1977); FEAR OF MUSIC (1979); REMAIN IN LIGHT (1980) Rate Artist: TALKING HEADS (5.0) Rate Album (Year): MORE SONGS ABOUT BUILDINGS AND FOOD (US 1978 Original) (5.0) Rate Album (Year): MORE SONGS ABOUT BUILDINGS AND FOOD (US 2006 Rhino version) (5.0) Ranking of TALKING HEADS - MORE SONGS ABOUT BUILDINGS AND FOOD songs No. Title Length Ranking 01. "Thank You for Sending Me an Angel" 2:11 09.5/10 02. "With Our Love" 3:30 08.5/10 03. "The Good Thing" 3:03 10.0/10 04. "Warning Sign" 3:55 10.0/10 05. "The Girls Want to Be with the Girls" 2:37 10.0/10 06. "Found a Job" [a] 5:00 10.0/10 07. "Artists Only" 3:34 10.0/10 08. "I'm Not in Love" 4:33 10.0/10 09. "Stay Hungry" 2:39 10.0/10 10. "Take Me to the River" 5:00 10.0/10 11. "The Big Country" 5:30 10.0/10 US 1978 Original Release 108.0/110 = 9.82 / 2 = 4.91 Bonus Tracks (CD Side Only) 12. “Stay Hungry” (1977 Version) 3:47 10.0/10 13. “I'm Not In Love” (Alternate Version) 5:17 10.0/10 14. “The Big Country” (Alternate Version) 5:03 10.0/10 15. “Thank You For Sending Me An Angel” ("Country Angel" Version) 2:11 10.0/10 US 2006 Rhino Release 148.0/150 = 9.87 / 2 = 4.93

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

Not my favorite Talking Heads album but that's not saying much

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

One of my favorite albums

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Mon May 02 2022
5

I think this album is a big step up from Talking Heads' first album, even though a lot of the songs at first have a similar feel to the first album. There's a lot more of this album I know though, whether it's from "Stop Making Sense" or greatest hits. My 2 favorite songs: 1) "Thank You For Sending Me An Angel" - every time I hear this song, I envision Jackie Gleason dancing. It just has that musical freneticism to it. 2) "Take Me To The River" - It's so weird to hear the original Al Green version now. This one is so definitive to me. Although not my favorite of their albums (either Fear of Music or Remain In Light), there were so many of the songs I sang along to in the car while listening to it.

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Wed May 11 2022
5

I love this album I love everything Talking Heads do.

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Sun Jun 05 2022
5

Bastante buen disco

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

Love the Talking Heads!

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

one of the all time greats, massively overlooked within the Talking Heads catalogue

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

Got this a few weeks ago and originally gave it a 3 and forgot about it, but haven’t stopped listening to it today. Vocals were so unique. drums and bass spazzed the entire album. Take me to the river and the big country was an extremely powerful 1 2 punch to close out the album. “Everything Hit” - Nav

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Great album, sounds stronger than their first and you can feel the confidence through the strong grooves throughout.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

It’s just a mesmerising collection of rhythms and auditory patterns. Like Jackson Pollock on a 45.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

Very good. Love the driving rhythms. Will be listening to more of Talking Heads.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

you can really see brian eno’s influence on this album, and it feels like exactly what i want from the talking heads.

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Sat Oct 15 2022
5

great

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

Perfection!

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Really great TH album. Possibly the best...

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Talking Heads are in my top 5 fav bands of all time. There are only a couple of releases that aren't a 5 and this isn't one of them.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

I hadn't listened to this one all the way through before. I own Little Creatures and much preferred this within the second tier popularity Talking Heads albums. It's probably less innovative than some others... But it felt less like riding a wave in a bunch of different directions, stopping and going. More grounded in some way. This felt like maybe the easiest background music talking heads album, and probably the easiest to listen to -- i could see myself having this one in background in the way I have Darklands in the background a lot right now. Wish it had at least 1-2 more hits on it.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

Objective masterpiece such as all the first four albums by this amazing band called Talking Heads.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

Take me to the river

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Thu Nov 24 2022
5

I don't know why I love her like I do All the changes you put me through Take my money, my cigarettes I haven't seen the worst of it yet I want to know that you'll tell me I love to stay Take me to the river, drop me in the water Take me to the river, dip me in the water Washing me down, washing me down I don't know why you treat me so bad Think of all the things we could have had Love is an ocean that I can't forget My sweet sixteen I would never regret I want to know that you'll tell me I love to stay Take me to the river, drop me in the water Push me in the river, dip me in the water Washing me down, washing me Hug me, squeeze me, love me, tease me 'Til I can't, 'til I can't, 'til I can't take no more of it Take me to the water, drop me in the river Push me in the water, drop me in the river Washing me down, washing me down I don't know why I love you like I do All the troubles you put me through Sixteen candles there on my wall And here am I the biggest fool of them all I want to know that you'll tell me I love to stay Take me to the river and drop me in the water Dip me in the river, drop me in the water Washing me down, washing me down

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

my top 2

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Solid album as always from them.

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Tue Jan 03 2023
5

You gotta love some Brian Eno produced talking heads.

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Fri Jan 13 2023
5

The Talking Heads’ first album with Brian Eno as producer is new wave masterpiece. The pop elements certainly date this album, but are not intrusive or cloying. You can definitely hear the seeds of their sound that would be defined in Remain in Light and Speaking in Tongues. David Byrne’s lyrics are hyper focused to the point of near absurdity but I absolutely love them. Honestly, I’ll give a 5 to most Talking Heads albums, but they truly deserve it.

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Wed Jan 18 2023
5

When I first discovered Talking Heads it felt like a gift. Something so new I didn’t even know that I needed. This album still sounds groundbreaking and I still love it.

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Thu Jan 26 2023
5

Fun album! Would listen again. Holds interest for sure!

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

These guys are so much fun

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Fri Oct 16 2020
4

an 8. Cool

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Fun album.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

Way better than the other album I listened to! Solid nice vibes, bouncy and light with a few bangers. 4 cuz it’s better than the last lol but I’m being generous

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Artsy.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

All around fun album, would jam to again. Good for low key gathering

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

It's the talking heads, who doesn't love them. Imagine the mountains of cocaine that fuel this odessy.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Great album with a unique sound without going overboard with instruments. Love the bass lines and guitar riffs. Drums aren't bad too. Cool album but not absolutely killer songs. High 3.5

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Enjoyable with interesting vocals, not a genre I'd typically choose to listen to but I do think I got something out of it

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

Short, sharp, tight funky. Take me to the river is an all time cover. Brian Eno is a genius

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

I absolutely should love this I really love the talking heads and I have yet to hear this album thank you 1001 albums

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Great introductory album to Talking Heads for someone that hasn't heard much of their material beyond singles. Highlights Byrne's weirdness without being overbearing. Didn't pay enough attention to track names to give fave/least fave

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

You can hear the first notes of new wave and synth-punk in this album. Great stuff.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Awesome Talking Heads album. Lesser known tracks, as well as some greatest hits. Good energy, definitely can understand the influence they had on Trey/Phish. Highlights: -Thank You for Sending Me an Angel -Take me to the River -Stay Hungry -The Girl Wants to Be with Girls

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Live is better

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

I liked the groovy vibe. It was a good listen.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

The Talking Heads do a thing and they do it well. I enjoyed many of these songs though none of them really knocked my socks off. Between a 3 and 4, will round up.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Pretty great early Talking Heads. You can hear their future sound blossoming mixed in with a lot of funk riffs.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Great album. Some really bumpin tracks.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

J’aime lemson du groupe. Mais çe n’est pas memorable. Les tounes sont entrainantes et je n’ai pas vu le temps passe, a s’ecoute bien 4*

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

I really like the first song and there are some great moments throughout. I got kinda tired of David Byrne over the course of an entire album but the upbeat and zany songs were generally fun to listen to. 2021 really is the year I actually listen to Talking Heads.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Noch deuten sich die ganz großen Würfe nur an, werden skizziert, daher wirkt vieles noch prototypisch, anderes wiederum großartig zu Ende gedacht (z.B. „Stay Hungry“). Was jedoch ganz klar ist: Zeitlosigkeit - mehr als 40 (!!!) Jahre später könnte dieses Album durchaus so aufgenommen werden. Visionary 3.5

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

I only recently started diving into the Talking Heads catalog after watching Stop Making Sense. I had only known the hits but there’s so much more to them.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

I liked this! I actually listened to it twice while doing homework because it was groovy and chill. Didn't seem to take itself too seriously. 4+

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

No hits on the album so I was worried, but been dancing all through it. Funky.

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Sun May 02 2021
4

Headddddds

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Sun May 02 2021
4

Ooof made me minge tingle

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

Talking heads are such an interesting band. I both really love them and also never listen to them.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

Chill AF 4

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

A compelling album, complex and at times challenging listen. Let’s going on and lots to enjoy and demands further listens.

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Sun May 02 2021
4

Well more into this than I was expecting.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

Thank You for Sending Me an Angel, The Good Thing, Warning Sign, I'm Not in Love, The Big Country - норм темы. Found a Job и Artists Only - какофония душная. Остальное вроде приятно-слушабельно. Напрягает подход к вокальным партиям, из-за которого порой кажется, что вокалёр только уловил ритм и просто хочет что-нибудь спиздануть в микрофон. Наверное, это дохуя экспериментально и концептуально, но ведь без всей этой шляпы группа тупо внятнее и приятнее звучит. Да и мозгоебучие звуковые диссонансы особо приятностей не доставляют. Но если отбросить это всё - вполне неплохое музло, которое, сложись иначе обстоятельства, вполне мог бы слушать. Не сейчас и не в этой жизни, вероятно, но мог бы.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

Ну че тут говорить, одна из моих любимых групп эвер. Причем стала таковой на ракетной тяге всего двух альбомов. Остальные я послушивал постольку-поскольку, но слишком сильно не проникался. Песни про здания и еду к ним тоже можно отнести, но здесь, на мой взгляд, группа показывает максимальную вариативность и экспериментальность, что было не слишком-то присуще дебютнику, на мой взгляд. Позже на альбомах Remain in Light и Speaking in Tongues эта формула будет совмещена с поп-ориентированностью и позволит нам получить две великих пластинки. Ну а это скорее разогрев, впрочем 8 вполне легитимно поставлю

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