My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: 77 is the debut album from Talking Heads. It was recorded in NYC during 1976 and 1977 being released in September of the title year.
What I think: It seems like I need to hear a Talking Heads song about ten times before I really enjoy it. So, I love all of the singles that were on the radio as I grew up plus about another fifteen songs that our wonderful Current plays and I’ve discovered on my own giving me a good base enjoyment. I’ve tried putting on their albums from time to time and end up less than pleased. So, recently realizing this ten times hearing a song thing, I’ve been concentrating on this album. Lo and behold, it’s working! The only song that hasn’t really clicked for me is “First Week/Last Week… Carefree”, other than that I absolutely adore it. I just love that there is so much feeling underneath that weird facade. I was recently thinking about the band and the lack of soul in their music. That thought made me listen closer and realize these aren’t robots just being strange… there is a lot of emotion cloaked just underneath.
My favorites here are “Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town”, “No Compassion, “Don’t Worry About the Government”, “Psycho Killer” and finally the best song on the album “Pulled Up”.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I agree that it should be here… maybe I should listen to every album 20 times to see how much I enjoy them.
Rating (Out of 5) 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? No (90 /393)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%