8 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“The world moves on a woman’s hips,” David Byrne yelps on “The Great Curve,” summing up where his band is coming from on their genre-bending fourth album. You can hear them overhaul their nervy post-punk sound under the influence of African polyrhythms—and fearless producer Brian Eno—on “Once In a Lifetime” and “Crosseyed and Painless,” adopting trance-like beats and babbling loops of guitar/keyboards while Byrne chants free-associative lyrics that somehow make perfect sense.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“The world moves on a woman’s hips,” David Byrne yelps on “The Great Curve,” summing up where his band is coming from on their genre-bending fourth album. You can hear them overhaul their nervy post-punk sound under the influence of African polyrhythms—and fearless producer Brian Eno—on “Once In a Lifetime” and “Crosseyed and Painless,” adopting trance-like beats and babbling loops of guitar/keyboards while Byrne chants free-associative lyrics that somehow make perfect sense.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

Crazy Larry The Music Knowledge Guy ,

Groundbreaking. Eno produced.

The ITunes "entrenched" review consistently misinterprets Byrne’s music. To call Byrne’s lyrics “disconnected” is odd. Even a cursory reading of the lyrics to almost any Talking Head’s song presents a coherent narrative or a focused slice of life. Granted, he uses unusual phrases and concepts not typically found in “pop” music- but, after all, this is a guy who came to music from art school.

Further, what the reviewer suggests is Byrne being “uncomfortable” in the verses of Once in a Lifetime is actually Byrne's interpretive and expressive choice designed to reflect the disassociation one can have with what seems idyllic. Finally to call the lyric “letting the days go by” a reassuring chorus is plain wrong. In fact, the line is about how we may passively accept our situation- unwilling or unable to break with the traditions and social constraints of everyday expectations. This is summed up by the final line repeated 20 times, “same as it ever was.”

Same as it ever was.

tito the french burrito ,

Masterpiece

This is the defining album of the Talking Heads. The layers of sound will catapult you into musical realms you've never experienced. It will also leave you transfixed. Listen to the Great Curve very loud and bounce around the room.

Richard S. Holmes ,

Plain great

Very simply one of the most intelligent, inspired, original albums ever recorded.

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