Talking Heads, Fear Of Music (1979)
As I’ll say every time, all the time, every Talking Heads album contains some (plenty of) magic. Fear Of Music is (certainly) no exception. I remember hearing a few of these songs out of context, away from the album first. Some of my favourites from the band: Heaven, Life During Wartime, Memories Can’t Wait. There’s something quite ferocious about this album. It is the first hugely significant album from the band – to my ears. I love the first two albums (as I’ve said here and here) but this is the first one with balls. Big balls. Maybe it’s because of the Eno and Byrne collaboration/partnership/pairing – and because post-punk was such a thing by this point and this was just another set of layers beyond that? I don’t know. But I do love this album. And I do love its darkness. And it was a must-have to eventually pick up as an LP (a couple of years ago) because the cover actually has the tread/texture. That’s something you can’t get on CD or from some files in your damned computer.
Sample Track: I Zimbra
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