Album #435 – Fear of Music

Album #435

Fear of Music became the bridge between the Talking Heads’ art-pop sounds of their first two albums and the new-wave, post-punk and experimental sounds of their next two albums. Co-Produced by Brian Eno, his influence is all over this album. But, the group still is able to incorporate disco and funk into their work. Tina Weymouth’s bass lines are legendary by this point and make the songs on Fear of Music more upbeat. This melange of two styles is the most prevalent on Life During Wartime. The bass line moves the song yet, the synths and overall ironic lyrics from Byrne, make it classic Talking Heads. It also defines the album’s dark sound. Many of Byrne’s lyrics on Fear of Music were dark and eccentric. Most of this album was recorded at Tina and husband, drummer Chris Franz’, loft in New York using a remote truck, giving the band a chance to workout the arrangements. Rhythm is also a big part of this album. From disco to African rhythms, it would foreshadow Byrne’s later fascination with World music. It would also make them one of the danciest new wave bands around. Seeing the Talking Heads live during this period was definitely an amazing experience. Fear of Music allowed the Talking Heads to continue into the 80’s with a renewed sense of purpose and a unique, evolving sound that would influence many and shape the music of the next decade. Other highlights include: I Zimbra, Paper, Cities, Heaven and Drugs. Overall, I give Fear of Music, 4 out of 5.

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