|1. And She Was|
|2. Give Me Back My Name|
|3. Creatures Of Love|
|4. The Lady Don't Mind|
|5. Perfect World|
|6. Stay Up Late|
|7. Walk It Down|
|8. Television Man|
|9. Road To Nowhere|
|10. Road To Nowhere (Early Version)|
|11. And She Was (Early Version)|
|12. Television Man (Extended Mix)|
Granted, many of their lyrics actually look very good on paper (by the way, Radiohead fans, compare the liner notes to those for Hail to the Thief...I wonder if "Tchocky" was thinking of this album?). Nearly every one of them has clever turns of phrase, interesting points to ponder, such as "Creatures of Love", "Television Man"...although about "Stay Up Late", all I'll say about that one is, I do NOT want to know. However, the way they're put into music is singularly unimpressive. What happened to the basslines and melodies that defy all common sense, yet still manage to sound good? What happened to the Middle Eastern/African influences? And that synth imitation of a Rhodes should have been banned from the studio (although I must give credit to the Hammond player). Furthermore...although I initially had problems getting used to them, where are David Byrne's quirky vocals and strange noises (other than somewhat on "Television Man", perhaps the only remarkable song on the album)? This bland style simply doesn't suit him.
All in all, this is an album made up of songs that could have sounded good--if the music had approached the level of the lyrics (which save the album from a 1-star, no-merit review). I will not even be giving this CD my customary three listens for it to prove itself...this one is going immediately for trade-in.
In addition, the sound quality was a big improvement on previous Talking Heads CDs - especially with "Speaking In Tongues", digital remastering of those is long overdue.
The opener "And She Was", a brilliantly-written tale of a woman who lost her way through drug problems, set the tone - reducing most of the instrumentation of "Stop Making Sense", Byrne was able to produce accessible music that always surprises the listener - like almost all great musicians. The gentle "Give Me Back My Name" and "Creatures Of Love" show David Byrne examining the paradoxes of life and human existence, and always questioning what most people find seemingly obvious ("Doctor, doctor, tell me what I am" being typical). "Lady Don't Mind" was a wonderful romantic tale in which Byrne always surprises the listener with his inability to describe a lover.
"Perfect World" and "Stay Up Late" moved a little toward the funky rhythms of previos albums, and Byrne was effortless once more in his tales of everyday family life, especially on the latter song, which was and remains the most wonderful description of a young child ever committed to disc.Read more ›
And a mighty fine job they do of it. Read more