“Talking Headsː 77” by Talking Heads - album review

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TJR says

At the time of release in September ’77 the New Yorkian quartet were: David Byrne (25, guitar, vocals); Chris Frantz (26, drums); Jerry Harrison (28, guitar, keyboards, backing vocals) and Tina Weymouth (26, bass guitar). They had something different to offer – some kinda weird hybrid of Roxy-inspired white modernism digging on funk, disco and even some Caribbean motifs. It’s bold and progressive, and every band member has a big part to play. The drum n bass of Weymouth and Frantz is often unconventional, seamlessly alternating between marches and grooves as if it’s the most natural thing in the world. Similarly, Byrne’s vocals acrobatically veer between low and high registers, mostly high, with a nervy inflection which gives the band an unmistakeable character. New recruit Harrison, a former member of the Modern Lovers, sprinkles flavour here, there and everywhere. In a year full of cool debut albums, Talking Heads played their part with some distinction.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [02:48] 6.2.png Talking Heads - Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town (David Byrne) New Wave
A2 [03:09] 6.4.png Talking Heads - New Feeling (David Byrne) New Wave
A3 [03:04] 6.8.png Talking Heads - Tentative Decisions (David Byrne) New Wave
A4 [03:55] 5.2.png Talking Heads - Happy Day (David Byrne) Cerebral Pop
A5 [01:41] 5.4.png Talking Heads - Who Is It? (David Byrne) New Wave
A6 [04:47] 6.3.png Talking Heads - No Compassion (David Byrne) New Wave
B1 [04:06] 5.4.png Talking Heads - The Book I Read (David Byrne) New Wave
B2 [03:00] 5.3.png Talking Heads - Don’t Worry About The Government (David Byrne) Pop
B3 [03:19] 5.4.png Talking Heads - First Week / Last Week…Carefree (David Byrne) Cerebral Pop
B4 [04:19] 9.4.png Talking Heads - Psycho Killer (David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth) New Wave
B5 [04:29] 8.5.png Talking Heads - Pulled Up (David Byrne) New Wave

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