Remain in Light

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The musical transition that seemed to have just begun with Fear of Music came to fruition on Talking Heads' fourth album, Remain in Light. "I Zimbra" and "Life During Wartime" from the earlier album served as the blueprints for a disc on which the group explored African polyrhythms on a series of driving groove tracks, over which David Byrne chanted and sang his typically disconnected lyrics. Remain in Light had more words than any previous Heads record, but they counted for less than ever in the sweep of the music. The album's single, "Once in a Lifetime," flopped upon release, but over the years it became an audience favorite due to a striking video, its inclusion in...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The musical transition that seemed to have just begun with Fear of Music came to fruition on Talking Heads' fourth album, Remain in Light. "I Zimbra" and "Life During Wartime" from the earlier album served as the blueprints for a disc on which the group explored African polyrhythms on a series of driving groove tracks, over which David Byrne chanted and sang his typically disconnected lyrics. Remain in Light had more words than any previous Heads record, but they counted for less than ever in the sweep of the music. The album's single, "Once in a Lifetime," flopped upon release, but over the years it became an audience favorite due to a striking video, its inclusion in the band's 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense, and its second single release in the live version because of its use in the 1986 movie Down and Out in Beverly Hills, when it became a minor chart entry. Byrne sounded typically uncomfortable in the verses "And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife/And you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?", which were undercut by the reassuring chorus "Letting the days go by". Even without a single, Remain in Light was a hit, indicating that Talking Heads were connecting with an audience ready to follow their musical evolution, and the album was so inventive and influential, it was no wonder. As it turned out, however, it marked the end of one aspect of the group's development and was their last new music for three years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992609524
  • Catalog Number: 6095
  • Sales rank: 10,554

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Talking Heads Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Jon Hassell Trumpet, Horn
Adrian Belew Guitar
David Byrne Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Voices
Jerry Harrison Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Robert Palmer Percussion
Nona Hendryx Vocals, Voices
Brian Eno Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Voices
Chris Frantz Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Jose Rossy Percussion
Tina Weymouth Bass, Percussion, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Jon Hassell Horn Arrangements, Trumpet Arrangement
David Byrne Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Jerry Harrison Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Rhett Davies Engineer
Brian Eno Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Chris Frantz Composer
Dave Jerden Engineer
Jack Nuber Engineer
Johnny Potoker Engineer
Steven Stanley Engineer
Tina Weymouth Composer
Rhett Davis Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome

    very awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the all-time greats

    Remain in Light was released 23 years ago, and it's still ahead of its time.

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