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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Talking Heads' most immediately accessible album, Little Creatures eschewed the pattern of previous Heads' albums, in which instrumental tracks had been worked up from riffs and grooves, after which David Byrne improvised melodies and lyrics. The songs on Little Creatures, most of which were credited to Byrne alone with the band credited only with arrangements sounded like they'd been written as songs. Perhaps as one result, the band had been streamlined, with extra musicians used only for specific effects rather than playing along as an ensemble. Byrne, who was singing in his natural range for once, frequently was augmented with backup singers. The overall result: ear...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Talking Heads' most immediately accessible album, Little Creatures eschewed the pattern of previous Heads' albums, in which instrumental tracks had been worked up from riffs and grooves, after which David Byrne improvised melodies and lyrics. The songs on Little Creatures, most of which were credited to Byrne alone with the band credited only with arrangements sounded like they'd been written as songs. Perhaps as one result, the band had been streamlined, with extra musicians used only for specific effects rather than playing along as an ensemble. Byrne, who was singing in his natural range for once, frequently was augmented with backup singers. The overall result: ear candy. Little Creatures was a pop album, and an accomplished one, by a band that knew what it was doing. True, Byrne's lyrics were still intriguingly quirky, but even his subject matter was becoming more mature. "I've seen sex and I think it's okay," he sang on "Creatures of Love," and suddenly the geek had become a man. Where he had once pondered the hopes of boys and girls, he was now making observations about children. And even if his impulses remained strange -- "I wanna make him stay up all night," he declared about a baby presumably not his own in "Stay Up Late" -- he retained his charm and inventiveness. Little Creatures was, in a sense, Talking Heads-lite. It was hard to think of this as the same band that produced "Psycho Killer." But for the group's expanding audience, who made this their second platinum album, that was okay. And their popularity was being accomplished with no diminution in their creativity. [In the fall of 2005, Talking Heads' catalog was finally remastered and reissued as DualDiscs, containing a CD on one side and a DVD with 5.1 mixes, along with bonus video material, on the other. Initially, the DualDiscs were only available as a box set, but in 2006, the albums were reissued individually as digipacks the box set contained all white jewel cases. Little Creatures contains an early version of "Road to Nowhere" that is much tamer and simpler than the finished version, and an early version of "And She Was" that lacks the pre-chorus and sounds like a rough demo; there's also an extended mix of "Television Man" that was released as a 12" single, plus videos of "And She Was" and "Road to Nowhere" on the DVD side.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2006
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227645427
  • Catalog Number: 76454

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 And She Was (3:39)
  2. 2 Give Me Back My Name (3:22)
  3. 3 Creatures of Love (4:15)
  4. 4 The Lady Don't Mind (3:58)
  5. 5 Perfect World (4:27)
  6. 6 Stay Up Late (3:43)
  7. 7 Walk It Down (4:44)
  8. 8 Television Man (6:10)
  9. 9 Road to Nowhere (4:27)
  10. 10 Road to Nowhere (4:39)
  11. 11 And She Was (3:39)
  12. 12 Television Man (7:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1 And She Was
  2. 2 Give Me Back My Name
  3. 3 Creatures of Love
  4. 4 The Lady Don't Mind
  5. 5 Perfect World
  6. 6 Stay Up Late
  7. 7 Walk It Down
  8. 8 Television Man
  9. 9 Road to Nowhere
  10. 10 And She Was
  11. 11 Road to Nowhere
  12. 12 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Talking Heads Primary Artist
NanĂ¡ Vasconcelos Water Drums
David Byrne Guitar, Vocals
Jerry Harrison Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Eric Weissberg Pedal Steel Guitar
Gordon Grody Background Vocals
Erin Dickens Background Vocals
Chris Frantz Drums
Diva Gray Background Vocals
Lani Groves Background Vocals
Lenny Pickett Saxophone
Steve Scales Bongos, Conga, Tambourine
Tina Weymouth Bass, Background Vocals
Andrew Cader Washboard
Jimmy Macdonell Accordion
Ellen Bernfeld Background Vocals
Kurt Yahijian Background Vocals
Technical Credits
David Byrne Composer, Video Director
Jerry Harrison Composer, Author
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Chris Frantz Composer
Ted Jensen Stereo Master
Tina Weymouth Composer
Jim Blashfield Video Producer, Video Director
Andy Zax Reissue Producer
Melanie West Engineer
Matt Cohen Engineer
Tina Silvey Video Producer
Ryan Smith Stereo Master
Melissa Marsland Video Producer
Rev. Howard Ginster Cover Painting
Andrew Thomas Animation, Screen Design
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