Little Creatures

Little Creatures

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by Talking Heads
     
 

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Talking Heads' most immediately accessible album, Little Creatures eschewed the pattern of recent 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…  See more details below

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Talking Heads' most immediately accessible album, Little Creatures eschewed the pattern of recent 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 band'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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/2009
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
5099930869424
catalogNumber:
3086942
Rank:
48758

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Talking Heads   Primary Artist
Naná Vasconcelos   Percussion
David Byrne   Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Harrison   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Eric Weissberg   Steel Guitar
Gordon Grody   Background Vocals
Ellen Bernfield   Background Vocals
Erin Dickens   Background Vocals
Chris Frantz   Drums
Diva Gray   Background Vocals
Lani Groves   Background Vocals
Lenny Pickett   Saxophone
Steve Scales   Percussion
Tina Weymouth   Bass,Background Vocals
Kurt Yahjian   Background Vocals
Andrew Cader   Washboard
Jimmy Macdonell   Accordion

Technical Credits

David Byrne   Composer
Jerry Harrison   Composer
Talking Heads   Arranger,Producer
Chris Frantz   Composer
Eric "ET" Thorngren   Engineer
Tina Weymouth   Composer
Melanie West   Engineer

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Little Creatures 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anglo-Francophile More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome CD for enjoying the Talking Heads for fun. The tunes are really pretty, and the songs are silly, but it's still the Talking Heads, so you know there's some sophisticated writing going on in there.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
This is a good album with a few key hits. Having the great Talking Heads movie (Stop Making Sense) DVD is all you need of their earlier work and this CD supplies the post-movie hits.
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