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Remain In Light

Talking Heads

1980

Remain In Light

Album Summary

Remain in Light is the fourth studio album by American rock band Talking Heads, released on October 8, 1980 by Sire Records. It was recorded at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas and Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia between July and August 1980. It was the last Talking Heads album Brian Eno produced. After the release of Fear of Music in 1979, Talking Heads and Eno sought to dispel notions of the band as a mere vehicle for frontman and songwriter David Byrne. Drawing influence from Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, they experimented with African polyrhythms, funk, and electronics, recording instrumental tracks as a series of looping grooves. The sessions incorporated a variety of side musicians, including guitarist Adrian Belew, singer Nona Hendryx, and trumpet player Jon Hassell. Byrne struggled with writer's block, but adopted a scattered, stream-of-consciousness lyrical style inspired by early rap and academic literature on Africa. The artwork was conceived by bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz, and crafted with the help of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's computers and design company M&Co. The band hired additional members for a promotional tour, and following its completion, they went on a year-long hiatus to pursue side projects. Remain in Light was acclaimed by critics, who praised its sonic experimentation, rhythmic innovations, and cohesive merging of disparate genres. The album peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard 200 and number 21 on the UK Albums Chart, and spawned the singles "Once in a Lifetime" and "Houses in Motion". It has been featured in several publications' lists of the best albums of the 1980s and of all time, and is often considered Talking Heads' magnum opus. In 2017, the Library of Congress deemed the album "culturally, historically, or artistically significant", and selected it for preservation in the National Recording Registry.

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Rating

3.59

Votes

4427

Genres

  • New Wave
  • Post Punk
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Talking about head. Do you know how long it's been since I last had a blowjob? 34 days. Totally unacceptable. If you know of anyone who wants to sort me out, give me a call on 07797098556

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Kind of makes me see why some people call Talking Heads a "punk" band, though this feels like it has more in debt to reggae and world music. Fast, crazy fun, weird music to dance to. Talking Heads are awesome. Favorite tracks: "Crosseyed and Painless", "The Great Curve", "Once in a Lifetime"

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If Sisyphus had this in his headphones there would be no fable to tell. Unrelenting and irreversible forward motion. The Great Curve's hypnotic cyclical rythhm draws you into a state of fevered delerium, with the only hints of sanity appearing in the form of the sporadic lead breaks. Seen and Not Seen follows a narrative that's beautifully relatable yet totally abstract. Listening Wind is deceptively heavy in its story and Overload feels very ominous and Floyd.

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Rating (1/10): 6-9. DOYM (depends on your mood) Is there already a genre called TranceFunk? Prince without the sex, but that just means dancing can exist without lust; bigger frontiers for physical expression of the mind and soul. I'd forgotten what a great bass player Tina Weymouth is; totally underappreciated. Tom-Tom Club: https://youtu.be/aCWCF19nUhA Adrien Belew (via King Crimson): https://youtu.be/zqhhZRcFlws Remain In Light was on heavy rotation in the restaurant kitchen where I worked; this is great music to cook to. (Eno might find that quite the compliment.)

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"Remain in Light" is the fourth studio album by American rock band Talking Heads, released on October 8, 1980. This album is considered to be their magnum opus, and as someone who has never listened to the band, I feel I better strap in! Talking Heads fall under the following genres, per Wikipedia: New wave, post-punk, world beat, funk, dance-rock, and art pop and I am colored with intrigue! Remain in Light opens with "Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)," opens with funky bass rifs and a catchy guitar rhythm. There's some crazy David Byrne vocals and a cool guitary solo and that catchy guitar rhythm that never goes away! This is a fun song. The next song on this album is "Crosseyed and Painless," which is catchy and has lyrics about "facts are twisting the truth around" which seems relevant in today's hellscape of disinformation. It's fun! "The Great Curve," is track #3 on this album. It has a really fun surfer-ish guitar with bongo-ish drums. It's groooovy. And it has a dope guitar solo. "Once in a Lifetime" is the next track, and it's a song I've heard many times in pop culture. It's a fun song, it's catchy. I've never actually listened to the song in full, and the lyrics are crazy. The lyrics seem improvised... "there is water at the bottom of the ocean," and so on! "Houses in Motion," is track number 5 and features more funky guitar work and vocal harmonizing. It's very catchy and it has a haunting solo of an instrument I cannot identify! The next song, "Seen and Not Seen," has fun stream-of-conscience lyrics about a perfect face, which really blew my mind as I listened to this song while struggling to draw a face on a drawing I recently started. Anyway, this song has fun claps and a solid beat, and I like it! "Listening Wind" is the penultimate track on "Remain in Light". It has African-inspired percussion and eerie jungle noises. The guitar work sounds like animals! This song is very cool. "The Overload," is the final track on this album, and is it a doozy. Per Wikipedia: "Some have taken the final track on the album, "The Overload," to be Talking Heads' attempt to emulate the sound of British post-punk band Joy Division. It has been widely speculated - but never confirmed - that the song was made despite no band member having heard the music of Joy Division; rather, it may have been based on an idea of what the British quartet might sound like based on descriptions in the music press." I have never listened to Joy Division, so I don't have a frame of reference for this song, but it's spooky and brooding and dank, and I like it! This album is funky and fun and weird, and for that I really love it. I'm glad I finally gave this album a spin. I actually really liked their spooky attempt to be Joy Division. And Once in a Lifetime is simply iconic. Favorite track: Listening Wind Honorable mention: The Overload

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Softens the rub and widens the scope of Byrne's paranoia. Before, he was afraid of music, the big country, work, painting, air for goodness sake. Now he's--well, not taking it in his stride--but not keeping it bottled up either. The big step forward is globalism. If More Songs About Buildings and Food was the first Talking Heads album that sounded like it was made with access to fresh air, this one is positively oceanic. As this is music, the globalism mostly signifies through rhythm. That's something the whole world understands, or so the wisdom goes. I have my doubts. The song about Mojique helps, too.

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meh.

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5

Truly bangin’ album. Band in top form, kickstarting the 80s and art rock of the decade.

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5

Born Under Punches is astounding, I can see why this is revolutionary

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And you may ask yourself, what is this beautiful house? It’s this album!

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5

Hot take time: The best Talking Heads album is Stop Making Sense. The album and movie especially showcase exactly what makes the band an all-timer (of course, I'm speaking of the latter edition of the album, the one with all 16 songs - apparently the original version of the soundtrack album only had 9 of the songs, which may explain why it's not on the list). And the live versions for the most part have even more appeal than the recorded originals. Crosseyed and Painless, the second song on this album, is more energetic on Stop Making Sense and becomes an absolute banger. This album's centerpiece includes the remarkable "The Great Curve" followed by one of the band's more famous songs, "Once In A Lifetime". The first five songs are close to perfect and really put you right in producer Brian Eno's world. The last three tracks didn't grab me at all on first listen, but improved quite a bit on repeat plays. This is the most complete Talking Heads studio album. An essential 40-minute listen. Spotify gave me the Deluxe Edition, which includes 4 unfinished outtakes to provide further proof the band was at the peak of their powers. And if you've never seen "Stop Making Sense", fix that mistake immediately. It's on the short list of the greatest rock music films.

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In discussions of this album, the primacy of African polyrhythms is often mentioned, but that not quite correct. Strictly speaking, the polyrhythms are African-American because they derive from Afrobeat, which originated as a response to the music of James Brown. Fela Kuti and others took the funk rhythms of James Brown and added the polyrhythms and layering of traditional African music. With Remain in Light, Talking Heads returned the favor, emphasizing layering and interlocking rhythmic patterns even more, and not only rhythms but also sounds. Anticipating hip hop, Eno built up the tunes out of loops cut out from two live jam sessions from the full band. In producer Brian Eno's hands, the complexity of this layering dwarfs anything Fela Kuti ever did. Which brings up another point, which is rarely discussed. Remain in Light is one of the most sonically rich and gorgeous albums ever made--Eno takes his unique and patented electronic processing to new heights. But as much credit as Eno deserves for the success of Remain in Light, it's hardly a one-man show. Tina Weymouth's bass lines are deeply funky, as is Jerry Harrison's chickenscratch guitar. Chris Frantz' drumming seems less distinctive to me, which is perhaps why Eno and David Byrne decided to bring in percussionist Jose Rossy, who later played with Weather Report. And I suspect that the interweaving vocal parts are largely the work of Byrne, enriched by contributions from soul singer Nona Hendryx. Another thing: it's wrong to say that there are no solos on this record--they're just deeply untraditional. Adrian Belew's avant guarde outbursts on guitar are refreshingly non linear, thrilling and absolutely brilliant. And world music pioneer Jon Hassel's processed trumpet solo on Seen and Not Seen gives the track a suitably eerie edge. As if all that weren't enough, Talking Heads even include one track that miraculously manages to weave Afrobeat, pop, and the Velvet Underground into one of the most indelible singles of the 80s, Once In A Lifetime. Remain in Light is damned near flawless.

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thought I would like it more than I did. Once in a Lifetime is still a great song

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I'd heard Once in a Lifetime before, that was definitely a stand out track. Some of the tracks were better than others, a few felt a bit chaotic and didn't do anything for me. This album felt fine, but it was anything special.

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I honestly couldn't tell you why but Once in a Lifetime is bit of a banger. Other than that it's okay - Not sure I'd buy the album just for the one track

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Still like FoM better, but great album. The outtakes are stellar too.

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великолепно, про этот альбом стоит расписать очень серьезно.

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just a jam

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5

Inspired.

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Great album

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5

Heard before

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Banger

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5

Love the energy of the looping grooves and stream of consciousness lyrics. Listened to Deluxe Edition.

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5

One of the best

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5

Eclectic, fun.

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So good. I’ve never listened to the whole album. And now I have, and feel richer for it.

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Always remember - that is a woman playing that bass. Girl F@ckin Power!

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5

The perfect New Wave album.

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Now this is the new wave thag I want to listen to. Classic, love it, all around amazing

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My only real negative note is how repetitive the songs are, but at the same time, they kind of use that to add effect. Incredible album. Favorite Track(s): “Born Under Punches,” “The Great Curve,” “Once In A Lifetime,” and “Houses In Motion”

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Descomunal.

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5

One of my favorite bands of the last decade (for me, not them. They haven't been together in a while). This album is not my favorite Talking Heads album. It's pretty middle of the road for me. However, I gave Modern Lovers and Fun Loving Criminals 4 stars, and Remain in Light is WAY better than either of those. Once in a Lifetime is a song that gets better and hits harder every single time I hear it. That track alone also makes this a 5 star album. But Born Under Punches, Crosseyed and Painless, and Fela's Riff are also all top notch

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Might not be everyone’s cup of team but you can definitely see how it was influential for the new wave genre specially by mixing a bunch sounds that you wouldn’t expect

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Love love love this album. "Crosseyed and Painless" & "The Great Curve" are 2 of my top 3 or 4 Talking Heads songs. This album is so funky and not as stiff as their earlier work. Classic

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5

Talking Heads + Eno always yields amazing results. Dark and weird. One of my favorites album of all time.

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Great!

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One of my all-time favorites

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ooooooooooo that bass sound. dude this album is great.

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El empleo de la guitarra me resulta refrescante en este disco, aporta sonidos interesantes. La primera canción fue la que más me gustó, me pareció un gran inicio y Felas's riff tiene una ondita padre. Tiene también variedad de moods. No es mucho mi estilo, pero está chido de todas formas. Mood: no sé, esta vez no se me ocurre un buen mood cagado.

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Loved it, the range of instruments made the songs catchy and upbeat without being overly cheesy

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It's great

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one of my top faves

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5

Simply the best.

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Very good!

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5

i think i prefer fear of music as far as heads/eno collabs, but its still a classic

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40 años después sigue sonando moderno, como recién grabado. Mathpop, repetitivo y africano, con arreglos indescriptibles y computarizados. Eno y Byrne contra el mundo. Agotador y obsesivo. Muy grande.

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No había escuchado nunca un álbum completo de los Talking Heads, pero este lo disfruté mucho. Te lleva por una mezcla de ritmos muy divertida, con distintos moods que funcionan bien juntos.

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mt bom

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5

Polished enough to justify the quirky nature of their lyrics and rhythm, The Talking Heads fall for me outside the realm of music and closer to painting in that they appear to be a manifestation of subconscious thought materialized by art, creativity, and discipline.

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5

Talking Heads almost always take chances with their music, trying out odd songwriting and instrumentation that doesn't always work out. The second half of this record, for example, is only okay. The last two songs in particular I take the needle off the record and move on. So it says something about how good the first four songs are that this album is still a 5. "Once in a Lifetime" has a legit claim to being one of the best songs ever, elevated by fantastic, innovative production. A record that rewards repeated listenings.

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5

Great album. Already knew it, but nice to have a reminder to listen to it again.

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banger

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It real real good

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I really liked the album. I grew up with the talking heads so 8/10

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A1 album good from beginning to end.

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David Byrne!!!! That is all.

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Top 3 album of all time. An absolute masterpiece. 10/10 1. The Great Curve 2. Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) 3. Once in a Lifetime

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Fantastic album!

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First record with a computerized image on the album cover! And what a record it is!

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Great LP!

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5

Top 2 Talking Heads album.

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Talking Heads at their peak. Their evolution from full-on weird punk to masters of New Wave reaches its climax before they would go on tours for a few years. There are only 8 tracks, but they're absolutely perfect. There is quite literally not a single forgettable track. I feel like everyone who's listened to this album at least a few times can say something about each of them. Everyone has a different favorite. You'll notice that a lot of people rank their favorite tracks nearly exact to the track listing. That's because the album starts out loud and bombastic. "Under Punches" kicks off with a yell and goes straight into the action with weird lyrics and incredible synths that define everything great about Talking Heads. It's no wonder some consider them to be the epitome of the New Wave movement. The entire first side could easily be smash hits if placed on different albums, and it's incredible hearing them back to back. Very hard to pick favorites. Second side is also full of top tier tracks, but they're not dance based... it gets incredibly eery and involved. This makes for a thematic experience overall, but could push people away from finishing the album. My first few times listening to the album, my brain would always space out the last few tracks. But then I started listening to the lyrics. "Seen and Not Seen" is a lesson to be learned about the whims of appealing to how you wish to appear, and the consequences that may follow. "Listening Wind" is about a terrorist sick of intruding globalization. "The Overload" is a gothic atmospheric track which ambiguous, haunting lyrics that I still have no idea what to make of. They're not hits by any mean, but I love their sounds. Oh and the chorus of "Listening Wind" catches on. So many things I find perfect about this album. I was assigned Fela Kuti a few weeks ago and I absolutely loved his work, but didn't know why. Turns out it sounds just like Talking Heads. Talking Heads takes a lot from funk and afrobeat, most notable Parliament-Funkadelic and Fela Kuti respectively. Such developments came to fruition in Fear of Music, but I feel the sound is at its peak here. Not to mention Eno is back here again with the flawless production. It just sounds fantastic, and it's insane how they combined all these channels without divine guidance. Of course, Byrne's vocals is also a central strong aspect, not only with his peculiar yet accessible lyrics, but his speech pattern, and his delivery between melodic singings and proto-rap-like verses. I'm a sucker for synths and for weird music and complexity. This has all of that. Parts like when all voice channels sing different lines in "The Great Curve," or the speech about facts in "Crosseyed and Painless," or the part about water at the bottom of the ocean in "Once in a Lifetime," I look forward to it all as highlights. Sometimes I rewind just to hear them again. Truly, this album checks off everything I look for in an album, and delivers much much more I couldn't possibly expect other albums to have. You are guaranteed I will be listening to this album many times a year for as long as I live.

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5

Love talking heads! Once in a lifetime album. Awesome album.

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Absolute masterpiece.

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i like it

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Great album!

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4.5 | Una vez más de lo mejor que hubo del New Wave/Post Punk/en realidad son difíciles de clasificar o centrar a un solo modo... en este disco se ve mucho ese sonido de los que les gusta llamarlos una banda punk. No se si lo mencione a fondo en la anterior, pero a pesar de todo lo que me gustan los Talking Heads nunca he sido un fanático fuerte de manera particular hacia alguno de sus discos. “Once in a Lifetime” ha sido una canción que me ha gustado mucho casi desde que tengo memoria. Es realmente extraña, en música y letras, pero es harto pegajosa. Siempre me preguntaba si esa canción era una muestra de lo que era envejecer. Ahora que soy mayor, veo que para algunas personas lo es. Siento que con el tiempo se va haciendo uno más reflexico y se oye raro pero quizás tener esta canción conmigo ha ayudado con eso. Así que, queriendo encontrar más música como "Once in a Lifetime", puse este álbum, cuya portada es también de mis primeros recuerdos de ver en discos de vinil. No es un álbum que te agarra instantáneamente y toma tiempo asimilarlo. Siento que en estos días lo he absorbido canción por canción, y más o menos en el orden de las pistas. Realmente me terminaron gustando bastante alrededor de 7/8 cancines en este punto (la pista final que no me agrada y queintentan sonar como Joy Division) . Me encanta el rollo en el que continúa, esos loops repetidos son increíbles y aportan una vibra muy correcta. El lado a es básicamente una forma realmente difícil de hacer un álbum de Funk. El segundo lado suena oscuro, pero al escuchar atentamente habla acerca de la belleza de la vida. Cada paso del proceso en la creación de este álbum se siente extremadamente calculado y eso debería dejarlo rígido y seco. En cambio, trae esta emoción y ritmo, es algo hipnótico. Brian Eno tiene cosas que me encantan y cosas que simplemente no me cuadran, esta es una especie de culminación de toda su experimentación. Reúne todo lo que había estado haciendo durante una década. Sugiero concentrarse en el primer lado ... el más rítmico y luego dejar que todo llegue a su debido tiempo en la segunda mitad.

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I always enjoy listening to the Talking Heads, I just kind of don't do it enough

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Loved it.

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dead good.

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TAKE A LOOK AT THESE HANDS!!

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One of my all time top ten

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A stunning album, full of depth, ambition, sonic innovation and the extraordinary Once In A Lifetime, Talking Heads take their musical experimentation to a new level and create a new wave poly rhythmic art rock fusion masterpiece. Even more surprising for such a complex studio production is how good these songs would sound live on the Stop Making Sense tour. An album born out of creative frustration, recording limitations and antagonism between the band members - from such challenges is born a work of art.

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So good! David Byrne is a proper genius

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Outtakes are just as good as regular tracks.

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This album is a groove and a half! The music moves and you have to, too. There is so much going on in these songs, lots of layers and a great mix of sonic textures. One of my all-time favorites. 5/5 stars

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5

Classic album. Great rhythms, loved the mix of instruments. Bass is fantastic, really drives the band along. So many things to listen to at once, there's a lot going on.

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5

One of my favorites from this decade. Such a strange and angular band, and this is one of their weirdest and most interesting.

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My first off-mainstream music love as a teen was what got lumped under the broad umbrella of New Wave. The proliferation of sub-genres and side-genres around this wing of the Rock and Roll mansion starts to strike me as academic confabulating pretty quickly, though this album makes a strong argument for how diverse and wide ranging New Wave actually could be. It is about top form for Talking Heads, I think.

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Le début est vraiment très bon. C'est un peu deparaillé comme son mais le tout est vraiment bien. Wow c'est vraiment bon ahaha 5

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-"Crosseyed and Painless" is super catchy with the main driving bassline, but within that main groove there's just a bunch of little parts. The main drums, the extra little background drums, the main bass, the guitar, lots of guitar flourishes, the synth, plus whatever other instruments I'm missing all blend to a really cool riff. -The repeating lines in "The Great Curve" almost become a rhythm because they are so consistent and overlapping -"Houses in Motion" has a great main riff. The elephant (?) solo at the end is pretty cool too -Album gets very spooky at the end -Solid tracks with a couple absolute bangers

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Possibly the best Talking Heads album. David Byrne is at his songwriting peak here blending his surreal lyrics that satirize society with his unique blend of funk, world beat, and new wave. This album is fearless and in being so, sounds like nothing but the Talking Heads. This album is a tremendous achievement and though it was released at the top of the decade, may be the best album of the 80s

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The Talking Heads are way more talented than their one-hit wonder status would ever suggest. Every album sounds great and decades ahead of its time. This one is no exception.

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5

Ten out of Ten. Twenty out of Twenty.

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I used to get super high at my college job in the mall selling hats and t shirts and listen to this album. This album takes you to a pretty unusual mental state.

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One of the all time greats

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Boppity bops

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Genius album with brilliant crazy energy.

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Oh FUCK I love this album

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This album starts off with a bang with the frenetic African polyrhythms of Born Under Punches. Fela Kuti’s influence is unmistakeable. The chemistry of the band and guests is also magic in a bottle: Eno, Belew, Hendryx and Hassell’s trumpet! The intensity is maintained with the next few songs: Crosseyed, The Great Curve and Once in a lifetime. In particular Adrian Belew’s guitar is astonishing on the Great Curve. The pace slowly gets turned down with each successive song but the incredible quality of the songs is maintained throughout right to the end. Seen and not Seen is the perfect bridge between the more upbeat African polyrhythmic songs to the two sonic masterpieces The Listening Wind and The Overload. Talking Heads put out many really great albums but this is their very best, and that is saying a lot. One of my favourite albums of all time.

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It’s always great to get an album you don’t need to listen to (again) to review. The three albums leading to this one gave hints that they might move in this direction, but when they did, they went so all-in, it was a shocker. I bet a lot of the ‘new wave’ bands at that time were thinking much more out-of-the-box when they went back into the studio after hearing this. The problem with such a masterpiece is that there was nowhere to go after.

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I Zimbra from Fear of Music was the first step towards the band's next level and set the tone for what was possible. Remain in Light delivered this next level. The quality falls on the last half of Side 2 but the rest is magical. Adrian Belou delivers wonderful licks

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Same as it ever was. Prefs: TOUT Moins pref: RIEN

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Wow. The rhythm section here is unbelievable. “Crosseyed and Painless” and “The Great Curve” in particular are stunning. Just relentless in their energy. Amazing. The whole album is solid and it has “Once in a Lifetime,” which I’ve heard a million times before but still sounds fresh.

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This is dope 5

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5.0 - Incredible. The first few tracks sound like Fela Kuti through a neon filter with instrumental solos that sound wildly futuristic even by today's standards. "One in a Lifetime" is a masterpiece of songwriting, imagery and sound production. The tone and tempo mellow for the second half, ending with a Joy Division-esque dirge with "The Overload." This is a nuanced, heady, kinetic and bafflingly awesome listen.

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No skips I love the basslines and African elements Crosseyed and Painless/Once in a Lifetime were my favourites I would easily listen to this again

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Amazing album by an amazing band. Legendary.

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Second repeat artist in one week, and I’ve rated less than 50 albums total. Interesting how the algorithm works sometimes. That said, the first time I got a Talking Heads album, it was my introduction to the band, and it’s easily the best thing I’ve discovered on this journey thus far. I was pretty happy to see another Talking Heads album this morning. I loved it and will definitely be adding it to my phone. Oh, and thanks to the generator for giving me Fear of Music, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, and this in their proper chronological order. Nice it worked out like that!

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I’ll give this my first 5/5, not a single lowpoint on the entire album. It just feels so creative for it’s time and i’m in love with sound and vibe this whole album has (though i understand why it may not be everyones cup of tea). Hard to choose the best tracks but i’d probably go with The great curve and Listening wind

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5

Amazing

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Loooooved it

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one of the greatest to ever do it Seen and Not Seen ruins me

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This album is undefeated. I love this album, I love Talking Heads, this is one of my top 15 albums of all time.

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5

Not my favourite Talking Heads, but it's still a classic.

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5

Freaking amazing

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5

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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5

Odd to find a band that both me and my teenage son enjoy. Gotta give this one a five

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This is such a fucking fantastic album.

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4

Proof that something good came out of the 80s

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4

Love the band

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4

born under punches

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4

Cat Stevens' voice reminds me a lot of Eddie Vedder's. It's a measured tone to the songs, but holds a lot of meaning and emotion in the words

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4

Very danceable

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4

C'est pas mal. Pas de musiques vraiment mémorables mais un bon ensemble.

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At first I wasn't a huge fan, but after a while I started to dig it. Interesting rhythmic elements throughout all songs. "Once In A Lifetime" is a happy-sounding song with actually depressing lyrics which is always a fun combo. A lot of random little electronic/swelling guitars are pretty nice, still this is all pretty modern sounding. 1980, wow.

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4

It’s great. If a little too weird and experimental in places.

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This feels like the most 80s of all records.

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Pretty good didn't listen to the whole thing but do like talking heads

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siccc

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4

This album feels like a dreary mixture of 70s synth cop music mixed with talking heads weirdness. Once in a lifetime is probably their best known track but it feels so different to the rest of the album. Still enjoyed hearing it but not my favourite album of theirs

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I've listened to this album before but it had been a while, and I expected to like it more than I did. There something opaque about the Talking Heads, like you can tell there's a joke there but it's also serious, and what exactly is the joke? I continue to find myself impressed by the technical abilities of the band that sometimes get overshadowed by the strangeness and by David Byrne's singing style. For that reason I especially appreciated the instrumental "unfinished outtakes."

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while I've listened to this band's songs quite a few times in my lifetime (mostly their hits) but i was quite pleased with this album! the synth/funk/pop/rock was very eclectic, and definitely had my head moving the entire album. Weirdly, and probably just me, but sometimes the lyrics felt like Paul Simon wrote them, but thankfully didn't compose the music, lol

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4

Bängeri 80-talets rock

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4

Ahead of its time. Love how creative it is.

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These guys prove you don’t have to he weird to be experimental and try new things! Great album!

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4

My brain thinks this is 5 stars. It influenced so many artists over the past 40+ years. I love the grooves but my heart would only give this 3 stars so I settled with 4

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Genuinamente me puso de buenas este álbum y, bueno, tras no estar seguro de saber cómo llamarle a lo que escuchaba, descubrí que se supone que esto es new wave... A los Talking Heads les he escuchado una que otra canción, pero creo que nunca había escuchado un disco completo. Qué bonito pasar por éste, sin duda hay sonidos muy frescos, como una reformulación del rock (?). "The Great Curve" y "Once in a Lifetime" son las que más me gustaron del lanzamiento original. De la versión extendida con sus canciones "inacabadas", "Fela's Riff" y "Right Start" son las que más disfruté, especialmente la que hace alusión a Fela Kuti, qué buen ritmo. Casi no puse atención a las letras, porque sólo me dejé llevar por el ambiente, animado, al parecer y porque fui feliz escuchando este disco. 9/10

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4

A true classic from very early 80s. Every listening comes with new discoverings.

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4

A classic really

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Pierwszy album z listy i zdziwienie, bo jednak go znam, nowa fala pelna geba, 4 album w dyskografii gadajacych glow, oraz chyba ich najbardziej eksperymentalny projekt, polaczenie rocka, popu oraz elektroniki, mogloby sie wydawac, ze takie polaczenie musi oznaczac mialki album, ktory bedzie jak najbardziej przystepny dla sluchacza, a jest wrecz przeciwnie, lirycznie niektore kawalki tworza mocno psychodeliczny klimat, z chorkami, unikalnymi wokalami pana byrna, ktore na niektorych trakach maja forme lirycznej recytacji, tworzac mini ballady, bo czas kawalkow jest raczej dosc standardowy i tylko jeden kawalek ma ponad 6 minut, ale radiowa popularnosc odniosl tylko kawalek once in lifetime, reszta jest prawdopodobnie zbyt eksperymentalna do grania w eterze, tak z nowosci pierwszy dzisiaj sluchalem deluxa z 4 niedokonczonymi trackami, ktore poza unision sa calkowicie intrumentalne, skads znam utwor right start, ale nie jestem w stanie powiedziec skad, pewnie jakis sampel zapadl mi w pamiec.

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4

Great Album

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Totally dig the music and lyrics, vocals are kinda weird. But I guess that's the Talking Head for you. Might be interesting to have an all instrumental version of this album. Got better in later songs. Really enjoyed the unfinished outtakes in the remastered version.

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4

Awesome album. Good to listen to “Once in a Lifetime” again.

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4

Is there already a genre called TranceFunk? Prince without the sex, but that just means dancing can exist without lust; bigger frontiers for physical expression of the mind and soul. I'd forgotten what a great bass player Tina Weymouth is; totally underappreciated. Remain In Light was on heavy rotation in restaurant kitchen where I worked; this is great music to cook to. (Eno might find that quite the compliment.)

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3.5/5 listened to talking heads radio all dayyy

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4

Great, great album. An absolute classic.

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I thought it was going to be another bland 80s rock record but I'm very happy to be proven wrong. This is a very well written album, definitely will give another listen, not much more I can say about it atm

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4

It was good. Sounded like college rock, but different.

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4

Great, weird, repetitive, funky.

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No matter how many times I hear this album, I always find something new. Sure, it doesn't have many "hits", but there is nuance and experimentation abound. It is also admitedly hard for me to divorce this album from Byrnes autobiography. I tried though and can't think of anything that takes this below 4 stars.

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Muy buen álbum, la cantidad de efectos y los riffs de cada canción me han gustado mucho, realmente es un trabajo muy bien elaborado, hay un monton de detallitos en cada canción que la vuelven explosiva y muy buena.

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4

interesting, cruisy and glorious

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Was excited when I remembered the track used in Mindhunter. Lot of the music on this sounds like it’s building to the hits.

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The Talking Heads brand of eclectic, new-wave alternative funk is not the easiest to digest right off the bat but there is an undeniably unique and catchy sound they've landed on by this point. Eno's always fascinating production coupled with Byrne's signature style create an album that is certainly challenging at first but always as fun as it is challenging. It has an ability to make you dance while feeling quite perplexed, not many albums do that, and even few do it so damn well.

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4

Really like at least one song on this

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Some really cool jams in there. Good album. Off to a great start

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😱🎶

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I went into this feeling a bit sceptical having seen the rest of the group rate it pretty badly; as it turned out, very much my jam. Ended up thoroughly enjoying this album, the transition from energetic to somewhat lethargic while remaining organised chaos was great. Will definitely listen to more Talking Heads in the future, and probably give the album another listen reasonably soon. Not "perfect" enough for 5/5, but a solid 4 for sure.

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Remain in Light: These songs have such a manic energy. It's all so tight but they get loose with the leads and such all throughout. I already really like this album but I used to absolutely hate the Talking Heads specifically because of Once in a Lifetime. I even saw the singer David Byrne in concert and still didn't like them. I eventually listened to their other stuff and it clicked. Really just pushing this crazy dance rhythms all throughout but by the last song, it's really slow and driving. 8/10

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Classic manic talking heads dance magic

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For its time, this album kind of re-defines what "rock music" really meant. Or rather stretched the definition of rock music. I didn't (choose to) understand this as a kid but it's worth the trip -> a weird cold yet somehow joyful experimental collection of loops, non-western-rhythms, and layered vocals. All put together well enough to create actual songs that supersede the experimentation - which for me is always the correct order. "Once In A Lifetime" is the one most people might know but overall this album is chock full of creativity and punctuated with excellent musicianship - in particular I love that guitar solo on "The Great Curve" [courtesy of Adrian Belew]. Remain In Light is not exactly your 80s backyard party album :D but rather a soundtrack for your indoor gathering while the VCR is playing "Weird Science" in the background. Even though this may not fit snugly within any of my favourite subgenres this is a really unique sound and is interesting from start to finish. Even at 40+ (!) years old it somehow sounds fresh. 8/10 4 stars

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Auch hier mal wieder: vielen Dank an die Liste, ich hatte mir diese Hymne an Polyrhytmik, superschlauen/superernsthaften Artschoolquatsch und Eno-Skillz (inkl Anwerben von Adrian Below und so) nämlich vorher nie ganz angehört. 4.4!

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Raketen Start! „Born Under Punches“ gehört leider erst seit kurzem zu meinen absoluten Lieblings-Songs. Das erste Drittel läuft danach in etwa nach der Facon ‚Her mit den Juwelen’ weiter. Ist nach „Once in a Lifetime“ Flughöhe erreicht, kehrt eine Ruhe ein beim Schweben durch dunklen Raum. Diese mittleren Tracks sind fast einem anderen Album eines anderen Künstlers zuzuweisen. Mit „Fela‘s Riff“ beginnt der Wiedereintritt in die Atmosphäre. Man setzt auf auf rotem afrikanischen Staub, stampft Kraut, repetitiv jedoch weniger hibbelig wie zu Beginn. Wäre die eklatante Suche nach Leerstellen weniger akribisch geführt worden, bekäme diese große Enterprise mehr als „nur“ lückenhafte 3.5

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Meteen herkenbaar, na de eerste seconden van het eerste nummer. Talking Heads hebben echt een unieke sound. Ik hou er enorm van. Zit echt heel goed in elkaar.

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Generally I've only been familiar with Once in a lifetime, which is the only obvious single on this album. The more percussive/world music elements of this works really well i think.

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Once in a Lifetime saves this album from mediocrity

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I really like this album. Probably my favourite from Talking Heads. Lots of cool polyrhythms, with wonderful songs built around single chords and instrumental loops (though played live rather than sampled). A real mesh of styles, and Brian Eno's production excellent as ever. Amazing bass playing from Tina Weymouth. Guitars sound great. Love the percussion. Excellent use of effects, drones, noise throughout. A very interesting approach to writing and recording, and it really paid off.

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It's such a shame that Remain in Light is not a 6 track EP with Born Under Punches, Crosseyed, The Great Curve, Once in a Lifetime, Houses in Motion, and Seen and Not Seen. If it was, I think it would honestly be a contender for the best of all time. The extremely catchy funky African rhythms, the amazing delivery from Byrne and the dashes of electronic sounds that are well ahead of their time, create mysteriously terrific and engaging music pieces. It's such a shame that the effects on Listening Wind sound mediocre, and that the Overload sounds like it was ripped straight from Joy Division. Just shy of a 5/5.

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Weird, folksy, and fun.

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Surprisingly I had only heard one of these songs before (Once in a Lifetime of course). This seems like the prototypical Talking Heads album with the African influenced beats and seemingly stream-of-consciousness lyrics. Good stuff. 4 stars.

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Such a melting pot of influences. Madness!

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You can absolutely feel which songs were written by Byrne and which were born out of the jams by Frantz & Weymouth. Byrne has an absurdist take on pop where the others took a turn toward afro-centric. Born under punches should've been a single. Once in a lifetime is fantastic, of course. Houses in motion isn't bad, but it's not "greatest hits" great. Most of the rest of it is good, but not anything outstanding.

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I love David Byrne and the Talking Heads. I don't think I ever heard the whole album but it is consistent and funky and edgy. I think I would want to hear it again some time. Maybe not tomorrow or next week, but I keep it in my list of music I like.

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well, like all good art, this makes me think. and by the end of this album, i'm thinking about music's long tradition of borrowing rhythms and flavors from other traditions, and it makes me wonder...in our current heightened state of cultural sensitivity, what would happen if a skinny white dude tried to bring traditional african beats and tone into his music. what if he worked with the spiritual heirs of fela kuti, would that be better? and if it was ok today...how far ahead do we have to look to see that tradition of borrowing as some kind of uncool appropriation? because this album - and in fairness, like, all of rock, benefits greatly from the legacy of africa and africa's often-unwilling footprint on The West...where we count europe - or at least england - as being somehow meaningfully west of africa. anyway, i like to think this album could be made today - especially by someone with david byrne's cultural gravitas. but what if it was some unknown nyc art-rocker? if it's not problematic now, does that borrowing become a problem in the future? i really hope not, because art in general needs that cross-pollination, or it withers. i hope we can get this figured out.

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I am a fan of the Talking Heads. This is the second recomendation for this band on this list, and I've heard a few other full albums from the band as well. I don't think I liked this album as much as the previous recommendation (More Songs About Buildings And Food), but I liked the album. "Once In a Lifetime" is one of my all-time favorite tracks from the band, and "Crosseyed and Painless" is another track that I would come back to. The remaining tracks felt new to me. "Born Under Punches" seemed like it had a strong connection to the live performances that followed this time... with a large supporting band and lots of interaction between the main members and the supporting band. I think because I am a fan of the Talking Heads in general, this album gets a slight boost to round up to 4 stars.

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I remember seeing a Talking Heads video on VH1 way back when I was but a wee teenager. I thought it sucked donkey balls and the video was weird too. Now, I have to admit my taste in music (and music videos) has matured quite a bit, and quite like this, and weird is good. This is an absolute banger!

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Great Band and a good album! Probably one of the best "Art House" band ever, love their early stuff and their later stuff. Tina Weymouth was the thinking Mans Bass player of choice and was the the stuff of teenage fantasy for me. In my opinion "Stop Making Sense" which I think came out a couple of years after this is a) the best Live Music Film of all time and b) Classic tunes for the post punk era. I think my favourite here has got to be Once In A Lifetime! The Overload is reminiscent of Curtis Era Joy Division/New Order to me so who was influencing whom?

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Loved this for the longest time Love the Fela nod on this album

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Always enjoy listening to a band/album like this that is experimental and unique while being listenable at the same time. Some songs are iffier than others but that's what happens when you take risks. Overall pretty great stuff.

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TIL all my favorite artists are just Talking Heads cover bands

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Enter synth and syncopation

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This has Jake written all over it. Imagine putting a 6-9 month old baby in front of the screen and putting on the music video for "Once in a Lifetime"... what would that child become? I do not know... hahah.

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This is the first full Talking Heads album I've listened to, though I'm familiar with David Byrne, and some of their radio hits. It's unique, it's experimental, it's very 80s, and very frantic.

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Aujourd'hui je suis assis à côté de mon manager au bureau, il m'est donc absolument impossible de rédiger des reviews de qualité. En effet, à tout moment ce dernier peut pivoter sa tête sur le côté, et ainsi me réprimander pour le 3/5 accordé aux Pink Floyd il y a de cela quelques jours. A très vite je l'espère dans des conditions plus propices.

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Les Talking Heads ont tout misé sur le rythme et ont eu raison. Le guitariste joue en effet le même accord de Sol majeur pendant les quarante minutes du projet avec une dextérité sans précédent. Sol, sol, sol, jusqu'à l'épuisement. On le soupçonne parfois de nous préparer un Mi ou même un Ré, mais rien n'y fait, le prochain accord sera bel et bien un Sol. Pour notre plus grand bonheur.

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Dudé un rato entre 3 o 4 estrellas, porque por un lado son excelentes músicos: innovadores, arreglos elaborados, ejecuciones complejas, etc. y lo demuestran en cada canción; por otro lado, el Synth Pop no es mi estilo musical y me cansan rápido (incluso con lo elaborado que es) el estilo de sonido que usan. Por supuesto, la rola que se lleva el disco es Once In A Life Time, que incluso sorprende que sea de 1980, pues suena como algo mucho más actual. Pero también hay otras (como Seen and Not Seen) en las que en vez de cantar solo hablan y no me gusta.

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Este disco me impresionó más de lo que me gustó. Por un lado sí es muy innovador para la época y es muy variado en sonidos pero tampoco es un disco que me provoque volver a escucharlo o volverme fan de la banda. Por otro lado, es impresionante escuchar algo que es influencia de varios géneros musicales y de muchas bandas reconocidas que vieron sus orígines en la primera mitad de la década de los 80s. 3.5 estrellas que suben a 4 porque sí, creo que todo el mundo debería escuchar este disco alguna vez en su vida. Songs: The Overload, Once in a Lifetime

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Frenetic and quirky, but still very catchy and likable. I love Talking Heads, but surprised this album was selected. Once in a Lifetime is amazing and never gets old.

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8/10

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yooo vibeke

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3.5/5. I was expecting more, but it was good. I like how unique this sounds.

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Good album, enjoyed the lyrics singing and music

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Bowen's on fire and he's shagging Dani Dyer

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This was an odd Talking Heads album.

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Chevere

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Guter "Indie-Funk". Verursacht unkontrolliertes Fußwippen.

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This is a fine album...the census best Talking Heads album but I don't agree with that opinion. I prefer both Fear of Music and Mire Songs About Buildings and Food. But Remain in Light is still great...excellent poly-rhythms, cool songs and production and still sounds unique even today. 4 🌟

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A great crossover album of funky Afro-beat dance, post punk pop and Joy Division-style alternative rock. Very accomplished and enjoyable.

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This album gets 5 stars for Once In A Lifetime alone. The video also is completely a vibe I aspire to. The rest of this album is pretty good. Born Under Punches has real ‘just discovered my computers’ soundboard’ energy

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Though I thought I would prefer the band's earlier stripped down sound, Remain In Light is a turning point for the band musically. The additional musicians and a wider range of sound gives the band a full sound that shows how the band has grown both creatively and production-wise. Not my favourite Talking Heads record, but perhaps the most interesting.

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Once in a Lifetime is a great centerpiece but the album has the strange feeling of slowing down over its duration. 8/10

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7/10. Once in a Lifetime is great, but the rest of the album is thoroughly middle of the road.

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Excellent 80s new wave/post punk tracks. Still holds up now and doesn't get too bloated or into itself along the way

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Pretty good album. Kinda wild they made this in 1980. Feels like it could be a modern day indie alt album. Feels very similar to lcd sound system. Their beats and instrumentals are very unique and I read it has some African influence which makes sense. Not your typical sounding band and because of that this is special. 7.7/10

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Side One is great Side Two less so

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This is fantastic, in the weird way only Talking Heads can do it

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excellent

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4.0

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Great fun.

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Not my favorite Talking Heads L.P. But a good one none the less

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Didn't listen to all of it but liked what I heard.

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Just some talking heads. Pretty good art-pop

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3.9

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This is a great album that you can tell is towards the end of their run

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I love Talking Heads and was obsessed by them after seeing Stop Making Sense when it came out on video. That said, as brilliant as this album is, it is tainted by the sheer pretentious of a couple of songs. Talking Heads were always more than just David Byrne, and the other three are geniuses in their own right. This is the point with Talking Heads where Byrne really starts to dominate and they are lesser for it

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David Byrne is a musical genius. The Talking Heads take everything I dislike about dance music, art pop, and new wave and do it in a way that I actually enjoy. This isn't my favorite of their albums, but it is a great album from a great band. "Once in a Lifetime" might be my favorite of their songs overall though. And if for some reason somebody is still reading this review and hasn't watched the Stop Making Sense film do yourself a favor and watch the amazing art that it is.

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Classic.

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I really like this album. Groovy, layered rhythms (almost like Afrobeat) with unique vocals. It's well mixed, too. The vibe does kind of change towards the end though, and I miss the energy that's in most of the albums in the closers. The closing song sounds like a Joy Division thing, which isn't bad, but is out of place with the rest of the album. 4/5

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I’ve seen this album so much but never herd it I really hope it’s good… The album kicks off with born under punches ( the heat goes on), it’s a really interesting song quite funky but in a really “ messy” kinda way. Yeah probably not my kinda thing but still cool enough to keep me interested. Crosseyed and painless is next, yeah it’s cool. Still really odd my only criticism is that the rattling sound on it gets annoying if you focus on it too much. Side one ends with the great curve, it does sound much the same as the last two but I think the application of this song is better with this cool tribal drumming type sound throughout and the extra vocals at the chorus are cool. Side 2 starts with once in a life time, I think I recognise the chorus but the song itself i’am not too sure still good though and while i’am here I really like the African inspired sound on the album really makes it a unique listen. Houses in motion sounds the most different so far but i’am not sure if that’s the best. I still liked it just doesn’t feel as “colourful”. Then for the song seen and not seen, this is really strange it’s just talking over a beat but too slow to be rapping. So yeah it’s fine I guess. Listening wind has a really cool intro ( which carries on to the song) and honestly a nice pickup from the last two (where my enjoyment started to slip). The album concludes on the overload the slowness here reminds me of the last song on joy division’s unknown pleasures. And while this song isn’t as good as that one and it does drag at 6 minutes it’s a good departure. Overall, it’s cool, very artsy, but a unique and interesting sound, shame there’s only 8 songs.

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I loved the start of this album, wasn’t so keen towards the middle and unfortunately didn’t get back for the last couple of tracks. Nevertheless a perhaps generous 4* for the brilliant first half.

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Didn't think I liked this album so much based on previous listens, but this time around I found myself grooving along to the whole thing.

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Remain In Light starts of really well and keeps delivering quality high energy song one after another, but then it quiets down and ends on a bum note. If the track list was re-arranged so the best wouldn't be all in the first half, then it would have made a more interesting experience. Definitely the best track is Once in a Lifetime which sidenote watch the music video to see some awesome dance moves. Crosseyed and Painless is also increadibly funky and awesome.

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Nothing like what i have previously listened to, i really enjoyed the new wave rock or whatever genre this is. It isn't really something I would listen to casually, but it is a very good album

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Ivanov najbolji bend, prvo mu je najdraži Brian Eno pa Talking Heads. Odličan album.

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Ivanova nocna mora

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Þetta er gott stöff.

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Arrangements are complex and frenetic but structured. Love the Afro funk influences and crazy sounds. End of album kind of dragged.

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3.5/5 fun but strange if you are paying attention more.

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This album was super fun! Talking Heads always have some good hits but listening to their album was a whole new experience! The album was so wacky but in the best way possible! Standouts include Once in a Lifetime, Burn Under Punches, Houses in Motion, and Fela’s Rift

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i thought this was a very complex and interesting album. Give credit to Brian Eno and his production expertise in helping to put this together. There are so many merging musical sounds and styles, and it works. One aspect I read that I thought was unusual and amazing was that while the music was recorded in the Bahamas, the lyrics were not written until after the band returned to the US. David Byrnes' lyrical style is immediately identifiable. My favorite tracks were Born Under Punches and Once in a Lifetime, although the entire album is very good.

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I don't think I'll ever figure out this album

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Such a fun album! As almost always, it was my first experience with this band, but man, what a pleasure. Such a nice ride, I felt like on european trip through safari. Another mixed genres album, that actually struck a gold. I think this is a type of album that is very consistent throughout the whole length of it. Starts with 'Born Under Punches', with a very distinctive African-sounding beat, that never leaves and actually sounds even better on few of the instrumental tracks. Couple of slower songs fitted in between also doesn't distract you from the roller coaster ride that is this album. The only problem is that the album is too consistent for its own sake. There is no stand out song, that I could remember. The most known one is 'Once in a Lifetime', but it wasn't anything special in my opinion. So in future, I will listen to the whole album, and not just few chosen songs.

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i know ive heard this band before but i cant remember which song (checked one familiar song is Road to Nowhere pero i dont think this is the version that I know (verified, release the sunbird version yung alam ko)) 1st song - there seems to be 2 overlapping songs, i had to pause to make sure smth else is playing somewhere THERE. by listening to the album's radio, i found out that i knew them from This must be the place (THAT intro, i realized talkingheads usually has unique intros i like it)

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Solid grooves, s/o to Pat for recommending this before

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Innovative? Yes. Influential? Eh, maybe. Throw it on the heap of albums that are notable, but not necessarily a great listen. Also, it reminds me of that terrible Matt Damon movie about tiny people. Bet track: Seen and Not Seen

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3.5 stars

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Lidt for mærkeligt. Som albummet siger... Meget snakkende musik med enkelte gode numre i mellem. Ikke min smag

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Decent album that, 40 years later, lost its groundbreaking appeal for me

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Pretty underwhelming just kinda forget I’m even listening to music typa album... not bad just ehh whatever sure ig.... it’s got some good tunes okay lol

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Lots of really interesting sounds that sound like no other music. Very engaging, and there's that one really good tune, 'Listening Wind' that I haven't heard before. An enjoyable listen all round.

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Definitely the most interesting album so far. Super experimental, it's incredible this was even mainstream popular. Several songs I actually liked, but most are just like "what the fuck is this"

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Cudan, al generalno ok. Born under punches nije los, i once in a lifetime poznat

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Artsy fartsy, das ganze Konzept. Musikalisch echt ganz gut, aber ohne Byrnes Gesang wäre es noch viel besser. Ich kann mich der „Musikkritik“ wieder einmal nicht anschließen, für mich kein Riesenwurf, gute 3 Sterne maximal.

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NOT MY TASTE

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I've got nothing against raggae, but it's just enough to listen to in while working

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Bijzonder bandje, moet zeker hun hits vaker luisteren

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Don't know much... beside their claissc track Psycho Killers. Top Track: Crosseyed And Painless

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Cool to listen to, but not really my jam.

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Love House in Motion and Once in a Lifetime. It's such an interesting and unusual sound, and David Byrne's delivery fits perfectly. It's close to a 4, but a lot of the tracks aren't quite as memorable.

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I like it... but not my fav Talking Heads album. 3.5

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I liked about half the songs.

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"Crosseyed and Painless" Released: 1980 (promotional) "Once in a Lifetime" Released: February 2, 1981 "Houses in Motion" Released: May 5, 1981

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meh

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02/22 - Yesterday I worked on updating the floor penetration at the penthouse to match the Hilti design specifications. I then added the UL detail to the manufacturing model and coordinated with process piping. I then worked on going through the manufacturing set and aligning our sheets with Train A. Then I picked up a few comments from the DC for Drum Storage and added a set to BB. Overall I though this was a really good album. I didnt realize prior how old of a band the Talking Heads were. I saved a few songs and might revisit this album at a later time to really dive into it.

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Tässä oli vähän kaikenlaista. Funkahtava(?) avaus toimi varsinkin. Wikipedia kertoo, että tekivät tässä yhteistyötä vanhan tuttumme Brian Enon kanssa. :D Vahva kolmonen.

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I don’t know if Talking Heads is a group I enjoy actively listening to, but it was good as background music. And I recognized a song! So we’re off to a good start.

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"Letting the songs go by" zonder al te veel uitschieters. Leuk als achtergrondmuziek

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Talking Heads eh excelente mas acho que esse eh o terceiro album deles ja

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This is the third Talking Heads album we've had and I hope it's the last. I rated the others 4 and 3 stars, so they're definitely not horrible. But I definitely feel like I've heard enough of them. The only song I knew of this album was Once In A Lifetime. Most of the songs were not bad, but a couple were pretty annoying such as Fela's Riff and the final track.

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Some songs I recognized, but all in all just not my music

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Ich wusste es ja, dass die nicht schlecht sind. Aussage aus dem Buch stimmt: für Kopf und Füße. Bin aber bauchmensch

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3/5

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29th June 2021 Listened on my phone while in dad's study burning cds for the car. Quite liked it, it's funky and experimental. David Byrne has an ability to make songs sound like New York.

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not my kind of music

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Probably my least favorite Talking Heads album, but it's still alright. 7.6/10 Best Track: "Once in a Lifetime"

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Decent album to play in the background, don’t really have much more to say. 3.5/5

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Classic album talking heads. Not a big fan but Once in a Lifetime is an instant classic

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A good album, it wasn’t what I expected as I really enjoy some of the Talking Heads other stuff. Still it was a fun listen.

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not their best

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Love these guys but this is not their best album. Obviously Once in a Lifetime is amazing though.

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Didn’t love this but tried. I know they’re iconic but aside from this hits I haven’t loved much else

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I got excited for this album since I love new wave. cool experimental sound

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A little repetitive, but very catchy and groovy. I had only ever heard the song once in a lifetime before now.

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i thought it was average. it was incredibly repetitive which was irritating but i didn’t hate it and i enjoyed the music

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Wat een leuke sound hebben zij toch. Ik vond niet alle nummers op dit album even geweldig, maar ben wel positief over ze.

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Talking heads, altijd leuk om naar te luisteren

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"Once in a Lifetime" by far the most popular but the rest of the album is alright. It generally all sounds the same. 6/10.

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A pretty cool genre mash up album with great production from Eno, but I only had a few tracks stick with me, mainly Once in a Lifetime

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i hadn't heard most of these songs and while i think the album is overall solid, i can kind of see why. not much stood out

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liked 3 or 4 songs, super experimental

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Not as good I had hoped

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Typical 80s - drum machine, keyboards and overly british vocals. A bit of a dirge in places but would listen to them again if they were on the radio or something.

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Rock-pop. Ni fu ni fa. Una canción me sonaba.

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lite knepigt va

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I'm confounded by my experience of Talking Heads after their debut. That was magical; Everything else has been distinctly not. This record picks up quite a bit after Once in a Lifetime (or after I get into the groove). Before then it's a bit too campy and Talking Heads-y for its own good. The turn to a fuller sound is very good for the band, though. Just not the day for me to fall for it. The last two tracks, in particular, make this worth listening to. I could have done with an entire album in that vein.

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Some of it pretty funky and eclectic. Once in a Lifetime obvious classic

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Not as good as I expected.

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It's slightly more enjoyable than 77 but wouldn't put it on again any time soon probably.

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Interesting listen. Not a band I usually listen to, but appreciate the complexity in the African rhythms and dense musical landscape the album paints. 3/5 - probably wouldn't listen to again.

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Kinda boring but it grew on me

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Weird timing consider I just had a post-punk album from the same exact year yesterday (The Teardrop Explodes); however, I definitely found this album more interesting and unique. While I don't feel that I am a huge fan of this genre overall, the tracks on Remain in Light were more distinct and detailed which is what I feel is needed to make an album like this work. I also feel like it did not feel dated in the slightest which is always impressive for an album that is more than 40 years old. The track that stood out to me the most upon my first listen was Crosseyed and Painless due to the upbeat instrumentals, and I was surprised to find out that Once in a Lifetime is a Talking Heads song (absolute classic!). Would listen to this one again and also explore the rest of their catalog to see how many other songs I know. 3.5/5.

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Not my favourite TH album, but enough highlights to keep me happy

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interessante Rhytmen, manchmal zu lang, manchmal zu viel auf einmal, gute Soli

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some okay some meh

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Sounds quite modern.

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3.5 stars... One of Talking Heads weirder albums. 'Right Start' might be one that I didn't think to save first listen

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Every song sounds like a less fun version of Once in a Lifetime. Just not my jam.

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musically interesting, arrangements are unique without being a niche genre

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hard to judge like the other album but still good 3.5

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Is every TH album a must listen? Sonically, this is an interesting album, but nothing to write home about. Once in a Lifetime does the heavy lifting here.

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Gets very repetitive but the tunes were banging Bass lines funky as per Once in a lifetime certi bop

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Talking Heads unlock the funk and bring African beats into the mix - increasing intensity and tension

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Not bad! Not super enthralling though, was a little boring.

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Tirándole al 4, pero un buen 3.

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Could not listen to the whole album. It was good anywawy

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First album of the talking heads I ever listened to. Heard of them before, but didn’t know one song. Quitte enjoyed it, not my favourite genre. Contains some good songs. Favourite songs: - Once in a lifetime - Listening wind - Houses in motion

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Rock

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not the biggest talking heads fans. Does seem to be the an experimental album.

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Can see the appeal but not a great listen for me

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i was kind of disappointed by this, because I like other talking heads stuff and Once in a Lifetime is obviously a banger. this album was decent, but the really long track length became a bit hard to listen to, and something about the production sounded sort of hollow. 6/10

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Boring

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Kind of a weird, interesting album. Not really sure how to describe this band or their genre. Obviously have always been familiar with them and knew a lot of songs on the album.

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A good band, not exactly what Id like a lot, but clearly a step ahead on their times.

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Not the style of music I seek out usually, but a pretty good listen

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I think I've finally accepted that Talking Heads just isn't a band for me. I've listened to a bunch of their albums before and like songs here and there. Hell I loved the podcast U Talkin' Talking Heads 2 My Talking Head (which you should absolutely check out since Adam Scott and Scott Aukerman are amazing) but still just don't dig the band. This is a fine album but not for me.

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nah fam

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Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Once in a lifetime

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Genre: New Wave 3/5 Remain in Light by Talking Heads is one of the most highly regarded albums to have come out in the last 50 years. This album is the brainchild of David Byrne and Brian Eno, two gentlemen who have now both cemented their spaces as titans of new wave, as well as popular music in general. Critics and fans alike view this as the true turn-of-the-decade piece, a musical moment that birthed an entire decades plus of music, on either ends of the enjoyment spectrum. With that being said, I personally thought this album was just fine. Born Under Punches and Once in a Lifetime are mega-bright spots on this album. Two songs that lay the groundwork for hundreds of songs that came after them. The entire decade that followed this album musically was effectively trying to top these two tracks, without ever reaching that peak. However, the rest of the album also fails to come close to those two tracks. The sheer amount of influence this album has is clearly enormous, each song does something that would later be borrowed later in some way by much lesser artists, and the experimental nature of what’s going on here is admirable, but I never felt, or heard, what makes this album so special in many people’s ears. King Crimson’s Discipline borrows massively from this project, Fripp has some explaining to do, but I think that album does a better job of executing what the geniuses behind this album were trying to do here. Goofy, groovy, but with the right amount of technical brilliance. Remain in Light is good, and sometimes great, but I wasn’t quite as impressed as others seem to be.

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Always wanted to like more than I did. Some cool stuff though.

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I like some of these songs, and 'Once In A Lifetime' is iconic, but overall I found the album a bit too frenetic and disjointed for my personal tastes. I would probably like it better in the right mood at the right moment; perhaps my response to this album today is affected by the even-more-crazed-than-usual workday.

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listened to before appreciate the cultural moment but still not a new wave guy

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I like that right from the start you *get* the sound. It's fun, energetic, electronic, and unique. David Byrne has had several genius moments in this career. Solid album!

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was ok as background noise while working, my version had some demo tapped on the end that sounded great

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You can definitely hear the Brian Eno touch on this one. One of the better Talking Heads Albums. 3/5

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I liked this enough to definitely revisit.

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Considered chaos

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Like Bowie, another album that I think I should like more than I do. But it was fine.

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This is my fourth TH album in the project, and I’m glad I had a chance to hit the prerequisites before arriving at this one. To the uninitiated, this album may seem obtuse, overlong, and hard to vibe with; but those who know the Heads formula, this is the epitome of their free-flowing, organic, and near-improvisational nature. I didn’t find every track on here enjoyable, but those I did fell into such a strong and memorable groove that it’s hard to remove the hooks even hours later.

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Decent

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Think I preferred the other Talking Heads album on this list.

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I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Once in a Lifetime is a classic, didn't know any of the others. Not a huge fan of the vocal performance but it's a good listen.

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Enjoyed the full choruses, African, and funk elements. Fun album.

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Stand out track, once in a lifetime. mixed view in the rest.

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Same as it ever was.

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All rhythm and percussion-based grooves, not so much melody - Once in a Lifetime excepted, there's nothing on here I would ever play again. Disappointing.

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some good songs.

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Good

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calssic experimental rock album. pas mon genre

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One cool song. Style is mostly a repetitive loop. Bad lyrics, poor singing.

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Pretty odd. Starts out proggy and funky. Ends dour and goth rock.

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Good but, won’t listen again.

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Meh, meget ensformigt

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African rhythms, they get into my head and I can't think straight... Not a music I would normally listen to.

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Don't live this band

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Eh... There's too much synth in this rock. New wave was alright but not in this particular case.

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Better than the last talking head but not by much

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As repetitive as Daft Punk, but far more musical. Still, not really my cup of tea

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I don't get it?

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regular

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Pues quitando "Once in a lifetime", me ha parecido totalmente prescindible.

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I have a difficult time making it through many of the Talking Heads albums because they seem to repeat the lyrics over and over.

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Jos Kate Bush ei ollut liian taiteellista, niin tämä kyllä oli. Sen verran kurkkasin wikipediasta, että Brian Eno on häärinyt tuottajana. Selkeesti kannattaa vältellä kaikkea, missä tuon nimen bongaa :D

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Not my cuppa tea!

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Never got into this really, wasn't horrendous to listen to though just didn't interest me.

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Paikoitellen tarttuvaa rytmiikkaa, mutta pääosin taiteesta ymmärtämättömälle kakofoniaa. Pelkästään Once in a Lifetime kappaleen takia pyöristän kuitenkin ylöspäin.

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In de woorden van mijn oma: iets te veel getjingel tjangel om aangenaam te zijn

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It's a bit bizarre but by the end of the album it kind of grows on you. Not my style, but a few songs weren't too bad.

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Schwere Kost...

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A few good songs, but overall kind of a boring album.

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A couple of good tracks, but nothing special really.

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its alright without being remarkable. Bit too electronic and try hard. 2/5

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Litt for snål for min del, men deler av det var morsomt.

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I'm just not a huge fan of Talking Heads. They're a little too much for me. I think that the songs also go on for a little too long sometimes. I liked "Once in a Lifetime", but that's really all I would go back to listen to I think. Overall: Eh, I just don't really think it's for me.

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This album made me realize I'm not a big fan of Talking Heads. Their 4 big hits (that I know of) are enough for me.

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One nice song, others are so so, not my kind

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2/5 nothing special

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I've always liked Once In A Lifetime but I really didn't get the appeal of the rest of this album. A difficult listen for me.

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Surprisingly not very good. Once In A Lifetime is of course a great song, but the rest of the album didn't sound anything similar to that song. 1RS

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Not for me

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vond ik niet zo speciaal

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108. Remain in Light - Talking Heads 12 tracks Didn't expect to like this & wasn't surprised. I know they were hugely influential but it just doesn't do it for me. Once in a Lifetime is a special track, but 1 track does not an album make. Interesting funky beats though. 2/5

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Too experimental, repetitively syncopated melodies and percussion.

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Nja.. kul och jobbig

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Mi pare molto sperimentale e che le canzoni siano allungate oltre la loro naturale conclusione. Ma è normale che le parole non siano a tempo con la musica? Boh, non mi rimane nulla.

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Not my jam. There are some Talking Heads songs I like, but they’re not on this album.

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Not really my vibe

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p461, 1980. 2 stars It's not bad, its just not great either. Too many tracks just meander. Brian Eno on form though. Great guitar work on The Great Curve. Other than Once In A Lifetime, nothing left a lasting impression. Not on the replay list.

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Tocado, mas sem uma audição dedicada.

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Eh. I must be anhedonic.

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Not the best album

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Meh its different but definitely not my favorite type of music.

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Another band I don't get - their hits are hits for a reason, the rest of the albums add nothing at all, such is the case here. Weird noodly arty stuff, clearly too clever for someone like me

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Best Song: Born Under Punches. I really wasn't expecting that futuristic sound. Felt fun and dance-y. Worst Song: Seen and Not Seen. Although I like the attempt at this kind of spoken word track, it ultimately doesn't work here for me. Overall: This album felt like a bit of a bait and switch. It kicks off with these killer 80s dance tracks, and then before you even reach the midpoint the style totally changes into a heady, serious, ballad filled album. I wish the whole album had been like the first four songs.

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Not my favourite! Once in a Lifetime is a fav, but the rest is a lot of jamming.

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Prefer Stop making sense from 1984. Lots of repetition on this album (each song)

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Same as the last album. Fine.

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Bit disappointing, to be honest.

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Wasnt my thing

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Not really feeling this group apart from ‘Once in a lifetime’

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Talking Heads nimenä herätti mielenkiintoa, mutta tämä oli kyllä todella huono levy ja iso pettymys. Ihmeellistä kikkailua ja pimputtelua ilman mitään punaista lankaa.

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Öh, avausraitaa jaksoin hetken, ja ajattelin jättää siihen. Annoin nyt sitten mahiksen muillekin biiseille pienellä pikakelausmeiningillä. Mukana oli jotain hyvääkin, mutta monet kappaleet kääntyi joko kakofoniaksi tai itseään toistaviksi. Johonkin biisiin oli varmaan sämplätty jotain Windows XP:n käynnistysääntä tai jotain... En kuunnellut loppuun.

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Once in a life times is enough

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Notes: Had to skip the first song half way through, just too much going on for me. Oh “Once in a Lifetime” is a famous one, recognise it from like a current Netflix show advert. I assume this is gonna be the better song of the lot, but I’m not sure I’m a huge fan of this song anyway - not awful but not anything special. A lot of this, especially the lyrics, feel like they’re being made up on the spot. Even though I think it’s because of an intentional style they’re doing (idk maybe to make it sound more informal or like a live performance?) it just sounds a bit messy to me. I think it got a bit better as it went on but I also started paying less attention. Still not something I’d listen to. Rating 1 cus I think if the album was put on while chilling at a friends I would notice it and want the music changed - not as bad as the last 1 star though

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When I listen to albums in their entirety I expect the album to be a complete, thought out, piece of art and I expect that each song is a standalone piece of art as well. "Once in a Lifetime" is the only track that made me perk up during the listen. Maybe its because I've heard it before. Or maybe the rest of the tracks all sound so familiar to one another that "Once in a Lifetime" just stands out. I can see why people like it. It's a departure from music at the time and experimental. It's deep, and layered, different and provocative. Just not my bag.

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Не понял

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did not enjoy

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1,5

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They have much better albums, but this one is crap.

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Keckec

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Quite possibly the worst band of all time

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Basically unlistenable.

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Not sure if I liked this album.

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born under punches is cool af. carries iconic vibes fr. would love to shoplift a vinyl of this bc i want it but not enough to buy it yk. punk rock aesthetic. overall, an 8/10. i can now die peacefully.

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