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Studio Album, released in 1979

Songs / Tracks Listing

1.I Zimbra (3:06)
2.Mind (4:13)
3.Paper (2:36)
4.Cities (4:05)
5.Life During Wartime (3:41)
6.Memories Can't Wait (3:30)
7.Air (3:33)
8.Heaven (4:01)
9.Animals (3:29)
10.Electric Guitar (2:59)
11.Drugs (5:13)

Expanded CD reissue bonus tracks

12.Dancing For Money (unfinished outtake) (2:42)
13.Life During Wartime (alternate version) (4:07)
14.Cities (alternate version) (5:30)
15.Mind (alternate version) (4:26)







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Line-up / Musicians

- David Byrne / vocals ,guitars
- Chris Frantz / drums
- Jerry Harrison / guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
- Tina Weymouth / bass, vocals


additional musicians

- Brian Eno / backing vocals, electronic treatments
- Julie Last / backing vocals on 1
- Robert Fripp / guitar on 1
- Sweetbreaths / backing vocals on 7
- Ari / conga on 1 and 5
- Gene Wilder / conga on i and 5










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Sire Records LP # SRK6076

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3.77
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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(27%)
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Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
2 stars good pop/rock band , but absolutely NOTHING PROG, no matter what some would have you believe !!!

Despite the very minimalist black artwork and its misleading title (unless you felt that their pop was "music"), Fear Of Music was another small revolution in the pop-rock market, although this old curmudgeon isn't sure it was really moving in the good direction for his tastes, but the majority did and TH albums certainly help change the face of music, although not necessarily in a positive way, given the awful 80's decade's pop soundscapes. A series of short songs max4-mins, except for the closer), which contrasts heavily with their following album, giving it a very new-wavish and post-punkish feel, a typical Brian Eno pop production of the era, often strongly influenced by the crummy Roxy Music period (post FYPleasure album).

Opening on the Zimbra, an African rhythm-laced pop track, FOM was a rather unsettling and fairly groundbreaking album (considering the pop scene of those days), a collection of inventive but bizarre pop tunes that either attracted or repelled you. Most people will remember Life During Wartime for its anti-disco message, but it certainly was not enough for this teenager's wariness to wane. Some tracks are however cringey and even painful to my eardrums, like Mind, while others leave me rather cold (Paper, Cities, Animals and more), but on the whole the weird tracks glide by without much passion (from this auditor or from the auditees), as it sounds like the group was mostly going through the motions on this half-baked "effort".

The deluxe double-disc remastered version include an unfinished (and still instrumental) studio tracks from the album sessions, plus a couple alternate takes on the first disc, and the second disc is a mixed audio/video DVD, where the original album gets a 5.1 audio mix and two concert RIL album pieces with the group's expanded line-up (including Zap/Crimhead Belew) of the following year on a German TV showcase. Definitely not a big fan of this album (personally I think it is a step backwards from MSAF&B), FOM is really best saved for a second batch of acquisition, once you've discovered the following albums, which are much more fitting of the prog-related label that they were more worthy of.

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Review by Rune2000
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal Team
4 stars The first sounds of I Zimbra really makes you wonder if it's actually Talking Heads you're listening to. I guess it only proves that there is never a time to stop experimenting for David Byrne and his band! Only after a few revisits of Fear Of Music it becomes clear that this album is a drop in quality compared to the two previous and its follow up releases. Still, this doesn't mean that it hasn't got its share of excellent moments, this was after all the period where Talking Heads could do nothing wrong!

The foreign sounds of I Zimbra was just something we would have to get used to since it was an important cornerstone that paved way for Remain In Light, only a year later! I'm still debating on whether the band chose to experiment with new sounds and beats because of the obvious drop into the songwriting department, most notable on tracks like Mind, or if this drop was a direct result of the experimentation. Whatever the answer is, there's really no denying that songs like Memories Can't Wait and especially Electric Guitar are just not as memorable as Talking Heads' earlier material and covering these flaws in layers of effects doesn't make it better.

There are a few definite rays of sunlight like the concert favorites Cities and Life During Wartime, plus I'm a huge sucker for melodic hooks like the one depicted on Air. Heaven is also a nice track that is only ruined by the idea that nothing really happens here! The rest of the material is neither hit nor miss and keeps up the flow quite nicely while we wait for some of the biggest highlights.

Overall, Fear Of Music is a drop in quality compared to the other three out of Talking Heads' first four albums. Still, thanks to the fact that all of the other releases are either masterpieces or on the verge of being just that, this release is merely an excellent album, which is something that is an achievement in itself and shows that Talking Heads were pretty much unstoppable back then!

***** star songs: Cities (4:14) Life During Wartime (3:41) Air (3:34)

**** star songs: I Zimbra (3:09) Paper (2:39) Memories Can't Wait (3:30) Heaven (4:01) Animals (3:30) Drugs (5:15)

*** star songs: Mind (4:12) Electric Guitar (3:01)

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Review by tarkus1980
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5 stars In order to make the best Heads studio album ever, Byrne, Eno and Co. had to first experience a blinding flash of the obvious. "Hey, you know how David's singing and lyrics are always described as 'paranoid' by everybody? Maybe we should make an album that's all about being paranoid about various things!" The end result of this epiphany is a darker, more disturbing and less playful version of Talking Heads' already established instrumental texture, combined with Eno's atmospheric brilliance, and easily one of my favorite New Wave albums of all time.

The bulk of the album consists of tracks with one-word titles, each of which features Byrne expounding on that particular object from the point of view of somebody who, at the least, is somewhat wary of it, and at most is completely stark raving insane about it. Sometimes it's not so obvious that the song itself reflects a fear of the object - "Mind," for instance, is just David trying to figure out how to change the mind of the person he's singing to regarding something or other, and doesn't explicitly fit into the eyelid twitching of much of the rest of the album. On the other hand, the way the song moves from its cheery opening musical theme to that theme complimented by some surprisingly strident growling guitars and weird effects on Byrne's voice as he sings "miiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnd" seem to show somebody a little unstable in the head, so that kinda works. Ah well, the song is perfectly lovely whether it more or less fits the album's concept or not.

After that, though, things start to get strange - come on, when was the last time you ever heard a paranoid, catchy, rambling moody track about paper of all things? What David is trying to say exactly in this track is totally beyond me, whether he sees how light passes through paper as an analogy for his relationships with other people or whatever, but it doesn't really matter - the guitars on this track are simply glorious, taking the More Songs revolution and pushing it one step further towards interesting complexity. Just when you think the "fear of ___" concept isn't really holding muster that well, though, we come to the glorious "Cities." All sorts of crazy complaints can be found here, from obvious paranoid lunatic digs like "It's dark, dark in the daytime. The people sleep, sleep in the daytime if they want to! If they want to!" to more sarcastic ones like "Look over there!... A dry ice factory! A good place to get some thinking done," all over the band's paranoid rhythmic mastery over Eno's moody electric piano. And sheesh, that chorus, those one liners ("Did I forget to mention, forget to mention Memphis? Home of Elvis and the ancient Greeks!"), all found in one track...

I'm not sure it necessarily gets better from this point on out, but it's definitely on the same level at worst (this album is VERY consistent). "Life During Wartime" doesn't fit the one-word pattern, obviously, but David's paranoia is in full display nonetheless - lines like, "I changed my hairstyle so many times now I don't know what I look like!" are the norm, and his laments about not being able to lead a "normal" life during this time are contrasted disturbingly well by one of the most perfect dancable grooves I've ever heard in my life. "Memories Can't Wait" is even more disturbing, though, if only because David's paranoia is made even more intense by the menacing, echoey effects placed on the underpinning instrumental tracks and, er, Eno-tronics. Plus, there's just something so cool to me about the way David sings the "I'm sleeping, I'm flat on my BACK" line, with the back line sung with so much emphasis that it seems like his back will be pinned to the ground for the rest of eternity.

Just when it seems the band is getting into an unescapable gloomy rut, though, they come back with some paranoid tracks of a more mellow nature. David has suddenly decided he has something against "Air," of all things, but the band deals with it in such a way so that it seems like he's dealing more with a gentle breeze than an angry hurricane - the "air...air" backing vocals and the chorus should make it clear that this is meant to be pretty more than anything else. Who knows, maybe he's just afraid of air not protecting him from UV like it's supposed to ... Anyway, "Heaven" is up next, and it's glorious, a terrific parody (in the opinion of my brother and me) of David Bowie's plastic soul ballads from earlier in the decade. The great thing about it is that it captures so perfectly one of the downsides of most Christian religious teachings - they make heaven seem so boring!!! Sure, it's a nice place and all, but who really wants it when "Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens"? The major-league feeling of prozac in the music helps too - I can just see David and everybody around him with big, empty smiles on their faces.

The absolute pinnacle for me, though, is "Animals." Yes, it's largely the "novelty" song of the album, so most reviewers have too much dignity to call it their favorite of the album. Screw dignity! Nobody needs dignity when David is bellowing in an over-over-over the top voice about how "Animals think ... they UNDERSTAND! To trust in them, a BIG MISTAKE! ANIMALS WANT TO CHANGE MY LIFE - I WILL IGNORE ANIMALS' ADVICE!" Or when he bellows "I know the animals ... ARE LAUGHING AT US!! THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW ... WHAT A JOKE IS!" Or especially when he enters that GLORIOUS Eno-processed vocal groove at the end, where he starts growling non-stop such brilliant lines as "You know animals are hairy? They're living on nuts and berries!" Come on, people, recognize the greatest philosophical treatise in the history of mankind when you see it! "ANIMALS THINK ... THEY'RE PRETTY SMART ... SHIT ON THE GROUND ... SEE IN THE DARK!"

The last two tracks are a slight letdown from the rest of the album, but not too badly. The biggest problem with "Electric Guitar," aside from dragging a bit, is that it's extremely difficult to figure out not just what David's problem is, but also whether he's pro-guitar or anti-guitar in the song. Still, the music is pretty cool, even if the vocals are too disturbing for my tastes. One could also complain about the closing "Drugs," if only because it's the longest track on the album and extremely lethargic at the same time. On the other hand, I love that atmosphere, as parts like the "And all I see is little DOTSDOTSDOTSDOTSDOTSDOTS" line and the shaking backing guitar lines create a "drugged out of my mind" mood as well as, I dunno, the Stones' "Sister Morphine." Good ole Eno.

Ooooh, and don't forget the album opener, even though it may as well belong to a different album. "I Zimbra" is largely the foundation of the following Remain in Light, as it's their first excursion into World Beat music, as well as a foundation for King Crimson's Discipline (that's not surprising, though - guess who plays that bizarre guitar part that makes the song into a classic? Yup, Robert Fripp!). Nonsense group vocals, "ethnic" guitar rhythms and drumming polyrhythms all combine here into a bizarre dose of butt-shakitude. And don't forget Tina Weymouth's bass, where she proves just how much can be done to set a groove while playing an extremely small number of notes.

So there's your album. Lots of people have trouble getting into this one, largely because it's so dark and somber and moody compared with the albums bookending it, but as somebody who loved this album on first listen, I must insist that this is worth further efforts. It just requires you, the listener, to think outside the regular adjectives usually ascribed to the band ("quirky," "ethnic," "bouncy" etc).

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Posted Friday, September 10, 2010

Review by Chris S
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4 stars "I Zimbra" immediately gives any TH enthusaist the clue that their sound was a new one. Sure it is probably the most different track on the album but it definitely set the trend with strong percussion arrangements for the following two studio albums.

Fear Of Music was a very bold move by the band, a catalyst for their best future works to reach fruition and many will say that this is their best album. Hard to argue really although this reviewer feels that while it is an incredible work a couple of songs let the album down just a little. Namely the minimialist " Drugs", if ever there was a song to put you off drugs, this may have been it, I always felt Byrne did not need any anyway :-) and the mess around " Paper", which although has inane lyrics they are true! The album bears the characteristic of great crossover themes and some excellent guitar contributions from Robert Fripp. The albums reminds me at times of a nasty dog snarling and gnashing it's teeth trying to get up on all fours, it definitely has a dark side and it lies smack bang in the middle of TH's musical evolution or in this case, revolution. " Heaven" has some awesome lyrics like .." Heaven is a place, where nothing, nothing ever happens...", " Cities" one of the highlights showing that being urban is cool so get over it " Animals" a tongue in cheek below the belt aim at human behaviors again.' Air" has some great vocals by Tina Weymouth too and " Life During Wartime" it a classic TH release.

If you had the vinyl version it also came with a live 45' of " Cities", which became one of their biggest hits of the record. An excellent album, not quite their best but none of their best works would have happened had this monster not been released.

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Posted Sunday, October 10, 2010

Review by Slartibartfast
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4 stars The year was 1979 and things were afoot.

Not least of which was this album that was originally released with a cover textured like a slip-resistant steel tread.

Both Brian Eno and now Robert Fripp had intersected the band and the result was quite good.

So as some of the usual suspects in progressive rock were fading, Talking Heads were on the rise.

It is an interesting assortment of songs, all short of course. Longer explorations would have to wait for the next album.

My favorite track and probably the proggiest: Drugs. "I feel like murder but that's alright."

Now available in remaster without a textured cover but you get bonus tracks a surround sound mix courtesy of Jerry and a couple of bonus videos.

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Posted Monday, October 11, 2010

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2 stars I am a fan of (early) Talking Heads, but this release is less attractive for me between all their albums from 70-s.

As rule, the band has very their own sound and atmosphere, but there on this album the only two components are in place: Byrne's voice and band's characteristic African-like rhythm. Songs are simplified and could perfectly illustrate what " new wave" is all about (at the same time Talking Heads' best early albums really were kind of art-rock, or some electronic experiments).

Straight forward songs are real "simple music for simple people" even if band's standard was usually above such level. Still can listen this album, but to be honest everything sounds as one album-long song ( prepared from short pieces to make it even more accessible, if it's possible at all), kind of street -wise propaganda about nothing (history teaches us people like such kind of talks).

Musically least interesting Talking Heads album ,coming from 70-s. Still not total disaster though.

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars Brian Eno continues to lend production services to Talking Heads - and brings in Robert Fripp to contribute lead guitar to I Zimbra, a meeting of minds which surely helped coalesce the sound of the 1980s incarnation of King Crimson. These guest talents chime well with the increasingly experimental direction of the band's music, with David Byrne particularly focusing on the use of prominent rhythms in his compositions - ranging from the sort of traditional African rhythms previously combined with rock music by Osibisa to sleazy art-disco. ("This ain't no disco!" Byrne exclaims, but we know he's kidding.)

With cuts ranging from the energetic and danceable to the relaxing and laid-back (Heaven is a particularly wonderful example of the latter sort), Fear of Music shows the band's increased command of a range of styles, and proof positive that New Wave acts like the Heads could be just as progressive and experimental as their predecessors.

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5 stars In 1980, Talking Heads were on the rise. With two fairly successful albums already out, they released thier third album, "Fear of Music". It was even more creative and innovative than the last album, and is also thier second with producer Brain Eno. The album begins with "I Zimbra", which is he ... (read more)

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