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Talking Heads


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Chris S
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3 stars When all was dead and buried the remaining three members of Talking Heads decided to reunite one more time with the collaboration of many well known artists. It was 1996, no David Byrne, just Tina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison & Chris Frantz. The result of which is an extraordinary album venturing from sublime to rediculous. The first song and possibly the best has guest vocalist Johnette Napolitano on vocal. " Damage I Have Done" shows the band cleaned down, with great bass and heavy drumming in parts. The lyrics all about drug abuse and how the body can continue to endure the damage done. Napolitano from the alternative rock band Concrete Blonde owns the show with great vocals and chrous line. Best played very loud! " The King Is Gone" is another great track, yes Michael Hutchence of INXS leads the vocals and does a fine job too. Debbie Harry of Blondie leads the vocals on the title track and it is a hypnotoc song, sexually explicit in the lyrics, great hypnotic loops and keyboards from Jerry Harrison. Another great song off this album is the AIDS driven " No More Lonely Nights" with Malin Anneteg on vocals, again very explict lyrics. The album does at times border on soft porn with the adult themes and the music hints at major substance and lifestyle abuse! Quite recognisable given some of the guests, the themes and lyrics. There are as said some rather inane dull moments like Ed Kowalczyk's " Indie Hair", from the band Live, totally unlike him but this album does have that that slapstick side to it also. " Papersnow" with Andy Partridge of XTC fame the best of the rest. Mainly some great material on here but let down by a few mediocre yet likeable tracks. I would give this a solid three stars, when David Byrne was venturing on some really poor solo work this wasa breath of fresh air.Byrne did not agree and successfully shut them down. As Tina Weymouth once was quoted as saying, Byrne never once reciprocated any love for her, Harrison or Frantz and just did his own thing.
Chris S | 3/5 |


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