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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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Performance CreditsTalking 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 CreditsDavid Byrne Composer
Jerry Harrison Composer
Talking Heads Arranger,Producer
Chris Frantz Composer
Eric "ET" Thorngren Engineer
Tina Weymouth Composer
Melanie West Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.