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All Music Guide - Michael Hastings
Talking Heads' last proper studio album before their protracted breakup finds them returning to the dynamic that produced their best work, with inspired results. As swan songs go, Naked proves to be a pretty good one: Alternately serious and playful, it once again allows frontman David Byrne to worry about the government, the environment, and the plight of the working man as it frees up the rest of the band to trade instruments and work with guest musicians. It's closest in spirit to Remain in Light -- arguably too close: The first side is a collection of funky, syncopated, almost danceable tunes; the second, a murky, darkly philosophical rumination on identity and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael Hastings
Talking Heads' last proper studio album before their protracted breakup finds them returning to the dynamic that produced their best work, with inspired results. As swan songs go, Naked proves to be a pretty good one: Alternately serious and playful, it once again allows frontman David Byrne to worry about the government, the environment, and the plight of the working man as it frees up the rest of the band to trade instruments and work with guest musicians. It's closest in spirit to Remain in Light -- arguably too close: The first side is a collection of funky, syncopated, almost danceable tunes; the second, a murky, darkly philosophical rumination on identity and human nature. The major difference is a Latin influence replacing Light's African rhythm experimentation, most evident on the album openers "Blind" and "Mr. Jones," as well as in drummer Chris Frantz's decision to use brushes and softer percussion instruments as opposed the big beat sound he offered up on Little Creatures and True Stories. With the venerable Steve Lillywhite behind the boards and such luminaries as Johnny Marr, Kirsty MacColl, and Yves N'Djock punctuating the credits, the album sounds technically perfect, but there's little of the loose, live feel the band achieved with former mentor Brian Eno. It's quite a feat to pull of a late-career album as ambitious as Naked, and the Heads do so with style and vitality. But no matter how much the liner notes may boast of free-form invention and boundless creativity, the album's elegiac, airtight tone betrays the sound of four musicians growing tired of the limits they've imposed on one another.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/2009
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • EAN: 5099930869721
  • Catalog Number: 3086972
  • Sales rank: 67,336

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blind (4:58)
  2. 2 Mr. Jones (4:18)
  3. 3 Totally Nude (4:10)
  4. 4 Ruby Dear (3:48)
  5. 5 (Nothing But) Flowers (5:31)
  6. 6 The Democratic Circus (5:01)
  7. 7 The Facts of Life (6:25)
  8. 8 Mommy Daddy You And I (3:58)
  9. 9 Big Daddy (5:37)
  10. 10 Bill (3:21)
  11. 11 Cool Water (5:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Talking Heads Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Wally Badarou Keyboards
Mory Kanté Kora
David Byrne Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jerry Harrison Piano, Keyboards, Marimbas, Hammond Organ
Robin Eubanks Trombone
Charlie Sepulveda Trumpet
Manolo Badrena Percussion, Conga, Bells
Don Brooks Harmonica
Moussa Cissokho Percussion
James Fearnley Accordion
Angel Fernandez Trumpet
Chris Frantz Drums
Laurie Frink Trumpet
Mitch Frohman Alto Saxophone
Earl Gardner Trumpet
Stan Harrison Alto Saxophone
Abdou M'Boup Conga, Drums, Bells
Johnny Marr Guitar
Yves N'Djock Guitar
Lenny Pickett Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Porcelli Alto Saxophone
Dale Turk Trombone
Brice Wassy Percussion, Maracas
Tina Weymouth Flute, Bass Guitar, Keyboards
José Jerez Trumpet
Al Acosta Tenor Saxophone
Steve Elfon Baritone Saxophone
Nino Gioia Percussion
Steve Gluzband Trumpet
Steve Sachs Baritone Saxophone
Philippe Servain Accordion
Technical Credits
David Byrne Artwork
Talking Heads Producer
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Richard Manwaring Engineer
M&Co. Cover Design
Paula Wright Artwork
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