Little Creatures DualDisc
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|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)|
This 1985 followup to Speaking In Tongues introduced the favorites 'And She Was' and 'Stay Up Late'. Dual Disc content includes music videos for 'And She Was' and 'Road To Nowhere'. CD bonus tracks include 'Road to Nowhere', 'And She Was' and 'Television Man'. Rhino. 2006.
Having spent the early '80s in a giddy expansion of the sound and scale of their studio recordings and concerts, Talking Heads come full circle with this 1985 album, retracting to the core quartet and restoring a focus on David Byrne's knotty songs. Arriving in the wake of the fevered rhythms of Speaking in Tongues and Stop Making Sense, Little Creatures's new material sounds freshly lyrical, remarkably concise, even subdued, but there's the usual whimsy--the levitating heroine of the jangling, punchy opener, "And She Was," the cracked child-rearing advice of "Stay Up Late," and the galloping, anthemic reminder that we're on the "Road to Nowhere." --Sam Sutherland --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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Reportedly, David Byrne was in love (with Adelle Lutz) when he composed these tunes. That's evident from the get-go. And She Was kicks off the album on a note of joy and energy, not dark brooding like Burning Down The House. From there, the record detours into kids & family (Creatures of Love, Stay Up Late) and more love (the wonderful The Lady Don't Mind).
The hooks are catchy and the harmonies are delicious. Further, every song moves. You can dance to this. There's no filler. The sequencing is smart -- the record is assembled like one unified piece.
LITTLE CREATURES isn't everyone's cup of tea, but who says a band has to sound the same on every album?
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 ›
All of the remaining songs are almost as good as the single releases. Give Me Back My Name, The Lady Don't Mind, Perfect World, and Walk It Down aren't spectacular, but they are quite enjoyable. I especially love the chorus of The Lady Don't Mind, and the last verse of Perfect World features vintage David Byrne vocals. Television Man comes closest to the earlier, more traditionally untraditional Talking Heads sound, and it features a great stretch of David Byrne vocal gymnastics. As enjoyable as all of these songs are, though, none compare to the song Little Creatures. It has a great flow to it, with interesting lyrics, and it shows how talented a singer David Byrne really is. The entire album has a fullness and flow that most albums just do not have; I never skip any of the tracks when I play this CD.Read more ›
And a mighty fine job they do of it.
It's amazing how much Talking Heads developed in ten years. From the quirky, frighteningly tense early art-punk to strange, abstract dimensions of experimentalism--though the Heads always pushed the envelopes--and funky African beats with layers of synth.
With 'Little Creatures,' the experiment seems to have ended, and the music is back to the basics--but not quite the roots (like their punkier stuff). David Byrne no longer seems so nervous. Of course, he's still off-center--name one other singer who says "I've seen sex, and I think it's alright..." with a straight face--but he's separated his quirk from twitch. It's light, and definitely more accessable than, say, "Fear of Music,"--but not a sell-out. If you listen closely, Byrne may sometimes sound tired--and rightfully so. After years of heavy-duty performance, these guys deserve a break. (All four weren't to perform together again after the Stop Making Sense tour, but that's another story.) The songs, as implied, are laid-back. "And She Was" is a fun little song to tap your foot to; "The Lady Don't Mind" can get downright infectious, and, of course, there's the cute "Stay Up Late," a song so light that most critics missed the idea of the Heads taking a day off. Check out the Rolling Stone's review--I don't know where the hell they got that idea from. "Road to Nowhere" has this (I remember reading this somewhere--it's not all mine) cheery look to the apocalypse--almost like, as the other source said--Prince's "1999". Except more hummable and less dance-worthy. It also hints at some of the stuff "True Stories" would be made of.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is probably the album where the Talking Heads took their sound more into a poppy (without being wimpy, eh) direction. Read morePublished on July 30 2009 by Brian Maitland
I can't imagine why other TH fans don't love this album as much as I do. From the cover by Rev. Howard Finster to the classic "Walk It Down," the "Little... Read morePublished on April 6 2004
I want to defend this album. In contrast to many of the other reviewers, I beleive that this album marked a positive turning point. I don't dance, so I don't like dance music. Read morePublished on Dec 24 2003 by Brian Miller
What happened here? Having heard the masterpiece Remain in Light and the nearly as wonderful Speaking in Tongues, I was utterly shocked by their near-complete abandonment of the... Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2003 by FloydWaters
This album went platinum in 1985 and it's easy to see why. Talking Heads scored four radio hits with this album ("Stay Up Late", "And She Was", "Road to... Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2002
I have loved the Talking Heads for longer than I can remember. This is my favorite album. It just makes me smile. This remastered CD is delightful. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2001 by Renee Evanoff
Now, I thought Naked (with a few niggling exceptions) was a fine album. This album, however...I mean, especially considering who we're dealing with... Read morePublished on July 30 2001
Early Talking Heads, for me, well, they were pretty much practicing for the great group-to-be. Pretty much everything on this CD is up to the exceptionally high standard we now... Read morePublished on May 28 2001 by Tom G
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