8 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kidjo takes a Talking Heads classic back to Africa.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kidjo takes a Talking Heads classic back to Africa.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

A. V. S. ,

Haven't been this excited about an album in forever!

I also came here from the New Yorker Radio Hour podcast. I was new to the original Talking Heads album (aside from the most famous track) so I bought both and spliced them together into one playlist, alternating Talking Heads and Angélique. What Angélique says about hearing African rhythms in the original really rang true for me from just the first few seconds of the original "Born Under Punches." I know the original Talking Heads album is an unimpeachable classic, but each time the original rolled over to the Angélique version, I was overjoyed. Adding a little more syncopation and richness to the instrumentals, including replacing some electronic instruments with more analog ones, really opened everything up. And bonus: in Angélique's version, I can actually hear and appreciate every word of the lyrics (unlike the mumbly presentation of the Talking Heads). Angélique's vocals are expressive and flawless, and she adds melody to some of the parts that were spoken in the original. I love it love it love it.

maskervilles ,

Excellent

Alongside Sgt. Pepper, Pet Sounds, and Forever Changes is Talking Heads’ Remain In Light. And Angelique’s take is powerful and different enough from the original to be a great purchase

stache1 ,

meh!

Covering other artists work is tricky. Some know how to make it their own. Bettye Lavette is probably one of the best examples of this. Ms Kedjo's take on a classic Talking Heads album is at the opposite end. I find nothing new or even note worthy about any of these songs she's trying to interpret. I gave it a chance and sampled the songs. I'll pass.

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