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  • Audio CD (Feb. 14 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: DualDisc
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000CCD0FS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
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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)

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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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I adore Remain In Light, enjoy Speaking In Tongues, love Psycho Killer. But LITTLE CREATURES is my favourite Heads album. I know many Heads' fans don't, because LC doesn't sound like anything else they ever did. It's melodic, bouncy, bright and optimistic. Little Creatures is like the Velvets' LOADED, a pop record made by an avant-rock band.
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?
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Talking Heads' Little Creatures is the biggest disappointment in their entire catalog. While the album certainly appeals to newcomers due to the many hits ("And she was", "Road to Nowhere", "Stay up late"), a better first pick would be Remain in Light, or even Speaking in Tongues. Little Creatures doesn't hold a candle to these earlier masterpieces. The Heads' writing on this album sounds formulated, and lacks the appeal of most of their other albums. The artsy, intense punk of the first three albums is gone, and the organic funk of the following albums is missing as well. What replaces the appeal, however, is good musicianship. The Heads' ability has improved greatly on this album, especially on tracks like "Give me back my name" and "Perfect World". But the album is not a success because of mundane songs such as "Creatures of Love" and "Walk it down", on which precision is important, but the feeling is gone. Early Heads tunes such as "No Compassion" and "I'm not in love" succeed because of the feeling and general intensity. The songs on Little Creatures sound lackadaisical and forced. Except for "Road to Nowhere", which is available on the Talking Heads Popular Favorites compilation, this album has little to recommend it.
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To date (1985), Little Creatures is Talking Heads worst Post-Punk/New Wave album, and their best Pop album. I guess they decided to stop speaking in tongues, and start speaking in, gosh, "melody." For the first time, I can actually sing along to songs like 'Little Creatures' and 'Road To Nowhere.' The material is catchy (Television Man), bouncing (Perfect World), and funny (Stay Up Late). Surprisingly, the vocal choruses are "pretty" (And She Was, Creatures Of Love). The old "ever present" driving bass guitar rhythms are still here, and unless David Byrne hired a ringer, Tina Weymouth has never sounded more innovative (Give Me Back My Name, The Lady Doesn't Mind). 'Give Me Back My Name' and 'The Lady Don't Mind' are weird and spooky enough to remind me that I'm still listening to the Talking Heads, and not Hanson. And isn't the concept of 'Little Creatures' (no, not spiders, but "kids") bizarre? The album answers the terrifying question, "What would happen if I let David Byrne babysit my 3-year old?" The answer - "I wanna make him stay up all night" (Stay Up Late). Talking Heads followers might say that the avant garde of riffs and grooves have "sold out." Bologna - what could be more subversive than playing with rug rats?
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Little Creatures is one of my all-time favorite CDs. I know a lot of Talking Heads fans consider this album a little too pop-oriented, but I love every song on here. This is particularly good music to sing along with, yet it still has plenty of quintessential David Byrne vocal sounds to distinguish it from non-Talking Heads music. I still hear And She Was on the radio from time to time, proving its longevity as a quirky, fun track, but for some unexplainable reason, nobody ever seems to play Road to Nowhere anymore. That was really the song that made me a TH fan, and I'll never forget the video with David Byrne running nonstop in the corner the whole time. Stay Up Late is another cool song that got some air play in its day; it's not a song you would want your babysitter to listen to while she is at your house, but it's just a typically fun, unique Talking Heads song.
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.
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