More Songs About Buildings and Food

More Songs About Buildings and Food

by Talking Heads
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More Songs About Buildings and Food 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I_was_so_much_older_then More than 1 year ago
Let me get my negatives out of the way first: The dual discs can be a problem and this has been my worst experience. I had to return the first disc because the CD didn't play, and second time tried 4 computers before being able to rip the songs into my Itunes library. Second, minor point, this album as great as it is, is not Remain In Light or Fear of Music, which for me have stronger songs and really develop the sound that they created on this record. Having said that, the sound is really clean on the remastered production - much improved from the muddy sound that I remember on my older copy of the collection, 'Sand in the Vaseline'. The songs themselves are strong - the great songs for me are Thank you for sending me an angel - the album opener that has this wonderful urgency about it, so much to say and so little time - the Big Country, Good Thing, The Girls Want to be with the Girls and of course the classic Al Green song, 'Take Me to the River'. Only 2 songs on this album made it onto the current best of album which perhaps speaks to the relative strength of the songs. It seems repetitive, if you've seen any other reviews to mention the influence of Brian Eno. I am not sure exactly what he does but his influence on Talking Heads, David Bowie and more latterly Coldplay and U2 has been undeniable - all of these collaborations have arguably yielded some of these artists' best work. On this album the rhythm section of Michael Frantz and Tina Weymouth is very prominent - it sounds more like a band than David Byrne and associates. The comparison between the '77 take on Stay Hungry and the regular album version highlights the more expansive, urgent and danceable sound. All this complements David Byrne's very thoughtful lyrics. Remain in Light and Fear of Music evolve this wonderful sound and contain some really memorable music. If you are new to this band I'd recommend checking out one of those CDs. The compilations may work for you, but if I was starting from scratch I would download some key tracks from the first 4 CDs (the 3 I mentioned plus Talking Heads '77) and put them on shuffle. If you are rediscovering the band as I have through the remastered releases, while the early albums bring back good memories, most important is they sound very fresh and relevant to me. Final note - Michael Stipe writes an awesome short liner note, and to paraphrase him this is great music for the heart and the brain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago