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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

3.61

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5546

Genres

  • New Wave
  • Post Punk
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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

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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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

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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Tue Jun 15 2021
5

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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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

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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Mon May 03 2021
4

"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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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

After spending the previous three years being afraid of everything from the countryside and work to painting and music itself, David Byrne gets a goddamn grip and learns to let the days (and water, whatever that means) pass him by, tapping into a global groove that widens his outlook and softens his responses. If More Songs About Buildings and Food was the first Talking Heads album made with access to fresh air, this one is positively oceanic. Letters of thanks should be mailed to Brian Eno. His whacked-out guitar tunings are rock futurism built and demolished in the same instant. On Houses in Motion, he plays what can only be described as an elephant with its trunk up its arse. Throughout, he counsels Byrne (never a world beating songwriter) to pick his lyrics out of a hat, which elevates the pretty good ones to semi-parodic quite good ones (“Facts don't do what I want them to,” “Can’t stop, I might end up in hospital”), and leads to him stumbling on some genuinely great ones. Once In A Lifetime, obviously, but also the one about a kid who reads too many magazine and tries to change his face by sheer force of will. (Don't try it--doesn't work). While the one about Mojique doesn't hit the bull's eye, it does demonstrate just how far Byrne has stepped outside of himself. All the way into Africa.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
1

meh.

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Tue Sep 15 2020
5

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

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Tue Dec 08 2020
5

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

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Mon Dec 14 2020
5

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

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Fri May 07 2021
5

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

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Wed Aug 11 2021
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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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

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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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

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

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Thu May 20 2021
3

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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Sat Jul 03 2021
3

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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Wed Jan 13 2021
2

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

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Sat Sep 26 2020
5

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

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Tue Jan 12 2021
5

великолепно, про этот альбом стоит расписать очень серьезно.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

just a jam

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Sat Feb 13 2021
5

Inspired.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

Great album

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Heard before

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Banger

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

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

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

One of the best

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Eclectic, fun.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

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

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

The perfect New Wave album.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

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

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

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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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

Descomunal.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
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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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

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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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

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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Wed May 26 2021
5

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

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

Great!

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

One of my all-time favorites

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

ooooooooooo that bass sound. dude this album is great.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

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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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

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

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

It's great

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Fri May 07 2021
5

one of my top faves

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

Simply the best.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

Very good!

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

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

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

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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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

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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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

mt bom

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Wed May 12 2021
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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Tue Jun 08 2021
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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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

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

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Wed Jul 14 2021
5

banger

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Wed Aug 04 2021
5

It real real good

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Wed Sep 08 2021
5

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

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Mon Sep 20 2021
5

A1 album good from beginning to end.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

David Byrne!!!! That is all.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

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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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

Fantastic album!

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

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

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Tue Oct 19 2021
5

Great LP!

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Fri Oct 29 2021
5

Top 2 Talking Heads album.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

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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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

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

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

Absolute masterpiece.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

i like it

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

Great album!

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

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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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

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

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Loved it.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

dead good.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

TAKE A LOOK AT THESE HANDS!!

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Sat Jan 22 2022
5

One of my all time top ten

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Sun Jan 30 2022
5

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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Tue Feb 01 2022
5

So good! David Byrne is a proper genius

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

Outtakes are just as good as regular tracks.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
5

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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Wed Feb 09 2022
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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Fri Feb 11 2022
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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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

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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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

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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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

-"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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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

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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Mon Apr 04 2022
5

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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Tue Apr 05 2022
5

Ten out of Ten. Twenty out of Twenty.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

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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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

One of the all time greats

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

Boppity bops

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

Genius album with brilliant crazy energy.

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

Oh FUCK I love this album

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Sun Apr 17 2022
5

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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Sun Apr 17 2022
5

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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Sun Apr 17 2022
5

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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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

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

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Mon May 02 2022
5

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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Mon May 09 2022
5

This is dope 5

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Sat May 14 2022
5

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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Sat May 21 2022
5

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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Tue May 31 2022
5

Amazing album by an amazing band. Legendary.

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

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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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

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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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

Amazing

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

Loooooved it

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

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

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

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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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

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

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Sat Jul 30 2022
5

Freaking amazing

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

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

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

This is such a fucking fantastic album.

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

Favorite Songs: Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On), Houses In Motion, Crosseyed And Painless, Once In A Lifetime, The Great Curve, Listening Wind Least Favorite Songs: N/A One of the greatest albums ever made. I've listened to alot of Art-Rock albums. Alternative albums. Pop albums. Funk albums. Proto-Punk albums. World albums. Atmospheric albums. This album is not just those things perfected, but recaptured and contextualized. Add odd-time signature African beats, general radio hit appeal, and sharp writing; And you get some of the most accessible experimental music ever made. Political, loving, and kind more than most you'll listen to.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

bueno, pa repetir

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

So good!

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Looping rhythms in an industrial punk funk factory from 1980 with David Byrne narrating from a bird’s eye view over culture and the everyday mundaneness of living. 9.1/10

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

When someone ever asks you "What the hell is New Wave?", you go ahead and hand them this album. It's that simple.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

I’m so glad to have grown to appreciate the genius of Talking Heads… great album!

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Really interesting and I should listen to it properly again.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Favorite song: Seen and Not Seen Upon re-listen - Born Under Punches may be my favorite song. What an opening.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Best album from one of the greatest bands ever.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
5

One of my favourite pieces of music ever, something to love forever.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

Incredible, amazing, exhilarating. One of their best.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
5

great!

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

5/5. An awesome album that has back to back bangers. Although not all songs are the best songs in the world, the first half of the album really makes it amazing. The second half is a lot darker but still great.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

Darn infectious grooves. Kind of like Michael Jackson’s songs where every instrument track is a catchy hook. Laudable for kickstarting Phish’s cow funk era. Knausgaard has a good vignette about listening to this album in Dancing in the Dark. A very inspirational album for artists of all sorts. The heat goes on. Same as it ever was.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

Talking Heads are........a difficult band. Intelligent pop that speaks to you but without round edges and without warmth. There's much to admire and nothing to love here? Still, this album is a treasure.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
5

Totally solid album from talking heads. Clearly a band whomlobed music, lobes to experiment with music and had great vision

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

I think this is a real testament to Brian Eno. The soundscapes on this are just iconic and very complimentary to the Talking Heads sound.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

Good good good good shit. This is everything they were building towards in their early work, fully realized. I see why this album is so highly praised and so iconic.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

Top 5 album ever made for me

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

Love this record! David Byrnes has such an interesting approach to songwriting and art, and I’m a fan of the stuff he did with Brian Eno. I like the afrobeat inspired vibe on this record, some really interesting guitar parts.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

I love this record so much. So many cool rhythmic layers and really cool tones and textures. I love all the funky rhythm guitar and percussion. These grooves are so great. I love all the unconventional solos that are super colorful and expressive. The lyrics are great and fit the music perfectly. One of my favorites albums -Also love the Angelique Kidjo version and the Stop Making Sense concert.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

I’d heard two of the songs before but never the rest. Definitely listening to it again, highlight “the great curve”

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

Fun, unique!

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

Per me il miglior album dei Talking Heads.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

In more than 40 years this record feels like it dindn't age a second: it's still innovative and brilliant nowadays. An absolute masterpiece by one of the most talented and influential bands in the history of music.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

Great album, but I already knew that. I'd listened to this album a lot last year. 4.5/5

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

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Fri Nov 04 2022
5

One of my favourite albums of all time

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Sun Nov 13 2022
5

How can you blame them for ripping off Fela Kuti when it made for their best album?

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

'Once in a lifetime' is one of the all time greats. Really enjoyed 'Seen and not seen'. A Challenging listen at times, but overall it's somewhat brilliant.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

Spotify defaults to the deluxe version, which is a shame. At the original 40 minute running time, this is a perfect album.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

A unique sound that will probably never happen again. An album that encourages our body to dance against a background of new-wave that embraces Afrobeat, but locks our head in a secluded closet to anguish and paranoid. Like... What the hell is going on? Brilliant and groundbreaking album, no doubt.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Once in a lifetime, you may find yourself listening to this album. I hope you do.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

"And you may tell yourself, this is not my beautiful new wave And you may tell yourself, this is not my beautiful afrobeat"

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Mon Dec 14 2020
4

Proof that something good came out of the 80s

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Love the band

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

born under punches

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Thu Jan 14 2021
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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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Very danceable

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

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

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

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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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

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

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

This feels like the most 80s of all records.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

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

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

siccc

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Tue Jan 19 2021
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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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

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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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

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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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Bängeri 80-talets rock

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Ahead of its time. Love how creative it is.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

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

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Tue Jan 26 2021
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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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

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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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

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

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Sun Mar 07 2021
4

A classic really

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

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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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Great Album

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

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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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

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

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Mon Jan 25 2021
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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Thu May 06 2021
4

3.5/5 listened to talking heads radio all dayyy

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

Great, great album. An absolute classic.

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

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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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

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

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Sat May 08 2021
4

Great, weird, repetitive, funky.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

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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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

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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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

interesting, cruisy and glorious

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Fri May 14 2021
4

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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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

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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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

Really like at least one song on this

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Fri May 07 2021
4

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

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

😱🎶

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Wed May 19 2021
4

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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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

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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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

Classic manic talking heads dance magic

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

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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Sat Jul 31 2021
4

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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Sat Jul 31 2021
4

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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Tue Aug 03 2021
4

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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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

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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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Once in a Lifetime saves this album from mediocrity

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

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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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

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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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Weird, folksy, and fun.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

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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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

Such a melting pot of influences. Madness!

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

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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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

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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Sat Oct 09 2021
4

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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