Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues

Limited 180 Gram Vinyl LP Record Reissue

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Speaking In Tongues is the fifth studio album by American new wave rock band Talking Heads, originally released in June 1983 by Sire Records.

Talking Heads found a way to open up the dense textures of the music they had developed with Brian Eno on their two previous studio albums for Speaking In Tongues, and were rewarded with their most popular album yet.

Ten backup singers and musicians accompanied the original quartet, but somehow the sound was more spacious, and the music admitted aspects of gospel, notably in the call-and-response of "Slippery People", and John Lee Hooker-style blues, on "Swamp".

As usual, David Byrne determinedly sang and chanted impressionistic, nonlinear lyrics, sometimes by mix-and-matching clichés ("No visible means of support and you have not seen nothin' yet," he declared on "Burning Down The House", the Heads' first Top Ten hit), and the songs' very lack of clear meaning was itself a lyrical subject.

"Still don't make no sense," Byrne admitted in "Making Flippy Floppy", but by the next song, "Girlfriend Is Better", that had become an order - "Stop making sense," he chanted over and over.

Some of his charming goofiness had returned since the overly serious ‘Remain In Light’ and ‘Fear Of Music’, however, and the accompanying music, filled with odd percussive and synthesizer sounds, could be unusually light and bouncy. The album closer, "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)", even sounded hopeful. Well, sort of.

Despite their formal power, Talking Heads' preceding two albums seemed to have painted them into a corner, which may be why it took them three years to craft a follow-up, but on Speaking In Tongues, they found an open window and flew out of it.

Check out the tracks: “Burning Down The House”, “This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)” and “Girlfriend Is Better”. 

This LP with reproduced artwork and remastered audio is pressed in the EU on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Burning Down The House

4:01

A2

Making Flippy Floppy

4:32

A3

Girlfriend Is Better

4:22

A4

Slippery People

3:31

A5

I Get Wild / Wild Gravity

4:07

B1

Swamp

5:12

B2

Moon Rocks

5:03

B3

Pull Up The Roots

5:08

B4

This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)

4:53

SKU 081227966652
Record Label Sire Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 8122 79666 5
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 01 November 2013
Original Release Date (Year) 31 March 1983
Barcode # 081227966652
Shipping Weight 0.2950kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre New Wave
Genre Funk
Genre Pop Rock
Format VINYL LP

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