Speaking in Tongues

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Talking Heads found a way to open up the dense textures of the music they had developed with Brian Eno on their two previous studio albums for Speaking in Tongues, and were rewarded with their most popular album yet. Ten backup singers and musicians accompanied the original quartet, but somehow the sound was more spacious, and the music admitted aspects of gospel, notably in the call-and-response of "Slippery People," and John Lee Hooker-style blues, on "Swamp." As usual, David Byrne determinedly sang and chanted impressionistic, nonlinear lyrics, sometimes by mix-and-matching clich?s "No visible means of support and you have not seen nothin' yet," he declared on ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Talking Heads found a way to open up the dense textures of the music they had developed with Brian Eno on their two previous studio albums for Speaking in Tongues, and were rewarded with their most popular album yet. Ten backup singers and musicians accompanied the original quartet, but somehow the sound was more spacious, and the music admitted aspects of gospel, notably in the call-and-response of "Slippery People," and John Lee Hooker-style blues, on "Swamp." As usual, David Byrne determinedly sang and chanted impressionistic, nonlinear lyrics, sometimes by mix-and-matching clich├ęs "No visible means of support and you have not seen nothin' yet," he declared on "Burning Down the House," the Heads' first Top Ten hit, and the songs' very lack of clear meaning was itself a lyrical subject. "Still don't make no sense," Byrne admitted in "Making Flippy Floppy," but by the next song, "Girlfriend Is Better," that had become an order -- "Stop making sense," he chanted over and over. Some of his charming goofiness had returned since the overly serious Remain in Light and Fear of Music, however, and the accompanying music, filled with odd percussive and synthesizer sounds, could be unusually light and bouncy. The album closer, "This Must Be the Place Naive Melody," even sounded hopeful. Well, sort of. Despite their formal power, Talking Heads' preceding two albums seemed to have painted them into a corner, which may be why it took them three years to craft a follow-up, but on Speaking in Tongues, they found an open window and flew out of it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992388320
  • Catalog Number: 23883
  • Sales rank: 22,480

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Talking Heads Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Wally Badarou Synthesizer
David Byrne Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Jerry Harrison Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bernie Worrell Synthesizer
Nona Hendryx Vocals, Background Vocals
Raphael Dejesus Percussion
Chris Frantz Synthesizer, Drums, Background Vocals
Richard Landry Saxophone
Dollette McDonald Percussion, Vocals
Steve Scales Percussion
Lakshminarayana Shankar Violin
David Van Tieghem Percussion
Alex Weir Guitar, Vocals
Tina Weymouth Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Dolette MacDonald Background Vocals
Technical Credits
David Byrne Composer
Jerry Harrison Composer
Chris Frantz Composer
Butch Jones Engineer
Tina Weymouth Composer
Robert Rauschenberg Cover Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    COULD BE A TOP TEN

    The Talking Heads never got the notoriety they so richly deserved. However they came very close with this disc. Speaking in Tongues could easily be put on anyone's 10 ten pop/rock album list. More than any of the Head's discs this effort flows melodically from start to finish. The lyrics are quirky and fun. And the production is flawless. Even those rock fans who love to bash the 80's for being devoid of good music love this CD. Give it a listen and you can help but love it.

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