Album #467 – Remain In Light

Album #467

Remain In Light, the Talking Heads’ fourth studio album, expands on their sound. One critic called it experimental, yet accessible. I would agree. You can hear the influence of African music on this album, particularly on the first cut, Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On). But, there are other sounds heard on this album as well. Brian Eno, who co-produced this album, deserves as much credit as the band members themselves. Interestingly enough, the album was recorded in the Bahamas. Quite a contrast from their last album, which was recorded almost entirely in one of the band members’ apartment. Remain in Light would embody what the band were striving towards in the early 80’s. Like many of their contemporaries, the Talking Heads experimented and came up with new sounds. Many indie bands today do the same thing. No one album is ever the same. The sound, style and influences are always changing. The Heads would grow in relevance during the decade. Remain in Light was the last push before they hit the big time. Thanks to MTV, the video for Once In A Lifetime, with David Byrne and his unique dancing, introduced a whole new group of people to their music. Music video played a huge role in their success and by the release of their next album, the Talking Heads became huge. Much has been said about Remain In Light: what the songs mean, the back story, etc., etc. But, to me, one cannot look at the Talking Heads through just one album but, through their career as a whole. On this album, it represented the moment the band members were in. They collaborated with people who, outside of the band, the individual members were working with, like Nona Hendryx and Brian Eno. To me, each of their albums is more of a snapshot of a moment in their career and Remain in Light is no exception. Other highlights include: Crosseyed and Painless, The Great Curve, Houses In Motion and Listening Wind. Overall, I give Remain In Light, 4 out of 5.

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