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4 stars More Songs About Building And Food is just that; a great follow-up to Talking Heads 77'! Some people even consider it to be superior to the debut album thanks to the new enhancements that Talking Heads achieved in their sound. I, on the other hand, think that it's almost as magnificent except that the band clearly wanted to do something different at the end of the album. It's not that I don't appreciate Take Me To The River and The Big Country, they are great songs in their own right, but the contrast they create here is just impossible to ignore! The first 3/4 of the album are groovy and arty while those last two songs are set to me in a complete chill mode.

Songs like Thank You For Sending Me An Angel, I'm Not In Love and I'm Not In Love sound like they might, just as well, have been on the debut album thanks to that same easy-going style with David Byrne making another controversial appearance as the lead vocalist. These are also easily the highlights of the album! Artists Only and Warning Sign show the band experimenting a bit with their sound towards the more rhythm-based direction that will later define albums like Fear Of Music and Remain In Light. Come to think of it, Talking Heads is probably one of the best examples of a very linear development in a band's sound where each new element, of a new release, can easily be traced to the albums that proceeded it.

There is no reason for me to waste more of you precious time since all you actually need to do is simply listen to this album, especially if you've already enjoyed any of the other Talking Heads releases. To me, this is simply their next best album, surpassed only by the sheer energy of their debut.

***** star songs: Thank You For Sending Me An Angel (2:12) With Our Love (3:31) Warning Sign (3:54) I'm Not In Love (4:34) Stay Hungry (2:40)

**** star songs: The Good Thing (3:03) The Girls Want To Be With The Girls (2:38) Found A Job (5:01) Artists Only (3:35) Take Me To The River (5:03) The Big Country (5:33)

Rune2000 | 4/5 |


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