1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

556. Fear of Music – Talking Heads

Original album is tracks 1-11

Brief Background: Fear of Music is the third album by Talking Heads. After being demoed extensively, the album was recorded in two days during the Spring of 1979 at an NYC loft by using a mobile studio. Like their last album, this one was also produced by Brian Eno.

What I think: I like this album much more than I did More Songs About Buildings and Food. This still has some slick Disco-esque beats, but it also had a lot more of the weirdness, jitters and emotion that I thought was missing from the previous album. The band hit their stride right out of the gate with “I Zimbra” which foreshadows their future and keep it going deep into the second side with through the haunting “Heaven”, I do feel they lose the over do the plot a bit towards the end with “Animals”, “Electric Guitar” and “Drugs”.

My favorites are “Paper” with Talking Heads doing a Byrds impression. The slower and ghostly “Memories Can’t Wait” and the dire “Air” are also the perfect end of the first side and end of the second. I would normally put “Life During Wartime” on my list of favorites, but the remastered version listed here didn’t sound right to me and didn’t grab me as much.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to?  I’m glad to be back on the side of liking a Talking Heads album, this should be here and you should hear it.

Rating (Out of 5): 3.5/5 

Amazon Rating of Fear of Music:  4.6/5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (343/446)

Amount that are new to me: 77%


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