Album #413 – More Songs About Buildings and Food

Album #413

The second album from the Talking Heads began their short climb to rock stardom. Mixing multiple genres including: country, r&b, reggae and punk, they proved that their music was ahead of it’s time. A perfect example of this is their version of Al Green’s Take Me To The River, one of their signature songs and first big hits. It ended up identifying a musical direction that they would be headed in the future. They slowed the song down and with Tina Weymouth’s funky bass line and David Byrne’s unique vocal stylings, you have the quintessential Talking Heads sound. Another track I really liked was The Big Country, their attempt at country music. It worked. You can hear the twang on the guitars. But, overall, I felt this album fell flat for me. It wasn’t a huge success mainly because as a live band, The Talking Heads were much better. They were an energetic bunch of musicians who captured excitement very easily. All you have to do is look at the concert film, Stop Making Sense, released in 1984. It’s a perfect example of this band on stage. They have the crowd in the palm of their hand. Not many new wave and punk bands can say that. Other highlights include: Thank You For Sending Me An Angel and Found A Job (both done very well in Stop Making Sense). Overall, I give More Songs About Buildings and Food, 3.5 out of 5.

Next: Another Music In A Different Kitchen by The Buzzcocks

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