ARTIST: Talking Heads
TITLE: More Songs About Buildings and Food
YEAR RELEASED: 1978
CHART ACTION: #29 US, #21 UK
SINGLES: Take Me to the River (#26)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Thank You For Sending Me an Angel, Found a Job, The Girls Want to Be with the Girls
LINEUP: David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz. Brian Eno is also hands on as producer.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second album by the Heads broaden the sound and styles while keeping the essence the same. A true winner.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The second album was not sophomore slump for David Byrne and the Talking Heads. Fully utilizing Jerry Harrison (a latecomer to the initial trio) and adding the guidance and ears of Brian Eno, Byrne and the band moved past the other CBGB’s bands into their own unique space.
Rhythm section Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz totally locked in and created rhythms and structure to underpin the new directions Byrne and Eno were leading the band. A track like “Warning Sign”, which it’s syncopation, gradual additions layers of guitars, synths and effects,and Byrne’s treated vocals, was ear opening, as people realized the Talking Heads weren’t just a quirky, jittery guitar band anymore. Weymouth was probably the hero of the album with solid, moving bass lines that anchor the songs and provide movement.
All eleven tracks are stellar – in fact the weakest cut may be their hit cover of “Take Me to the River” – that’s how strong the original songs are. This is a must have for any rock fan.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The backing vocals on “The Good Thing” were credited to “Tina and the Typing Pool”. It sounds like Tina and her sisters that would soon form the Tom Tom Club.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a few alternate versions.
GRADE: A+: This is the pinnacle, artistically, of the CBGB scene. Soon, the Talking Heads would move way past this.