- Remain in Light

Talking Heads - Remain in Light
CRITIC SCORE
98
Based on 4 reviews
USER SCORE
92
Based on
218 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

Even without a single, Remain in Light was a hit, indicating that Talking Heads were connecting with an audience ready to follow their musical evolution, and the album was so inventive and influential, it was no wonder.

100
Sputnikmusic

What could you possibly get when you mix David Byrne's passions with Brian Eno's swirling darkness and top it all off with a big glass o funk? Possibly the greatest album of all time.

100
Rolling Stone
The Heads had already mastered minimalist funk, but here they built jams around thick, slurred rhythms, with additional musical contributions from producer Brian Eno.
90
Slant Magazine

With Remain In Light, Talking Heads took what was being increasingly regarded as a generally cerebral extension of punk and turned it into something far more global in musical and lyrical scope.

EMR
97
From the very beginning of their career, Talking Heads open-heartedly aimed to develop that very own sound identity that struck the post-punk amorphous face with the groovy and energic elements of dance-music and funk, and after a brief series of amazing releases, the group finally reached their seventh heaven with the jaw-dropping Remain in Light, an album that sounds as inexplicably overwhelming as it sounds fun, a work of art that is at the same time viceral but meticulously calculated, both ... read more
WildChameleon
78
After several listenings (few weeks I think) I'm a bit disappointed :

+ excellent songwriting
+ Fine crafting
+ Interesting texture ...
+ Pretty fresh ...

- ... But use the same formula thought the tracks (bziouuuugh + guitar sounds)
- ... But some sounds and vocals are a bit aged

The approach is interesting and there're huge qualities that seem to perdure in some more recent groups.

Unfortunaly, I'm not born before 80's, so I'm not nostalgic and this is evident that it aged a little. ... read more
endianness
100
Talking Heads expand their African influenced punk sound they first experimented with on Fear of Music and perfect it here. This is one of the best albums from the 80's and even to this day there's nothing that sounds quite like this eclectic mix. Remain in Light is an absolutely flawless release; if I had to choose my favorite record, this would be it.
GPellizzon
100
GEMS:
• Crosseyed And Painless
• Once In A Lifetime
• Seen And Not Seen
• Listening Wind
exception
77
Once In a Lifetime is one of the best songs I have ever heard, and I've thought that ever since my dad showed it to me about 7 years ago. But something keeps me from thinking the same about the rest of the album. I don't know if it's the singing or seemingly tense instrumentation, I cannot say that I was blow away, even though the album was still good.
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Track List
  1. Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) 
  2. Crosseyed And Painless 
  3. The Great Curve 
  4. Once In A Lifetime 
  5. Houses in Motion 
  6. Seen And Not Seen 
  7. Listening Wind 
  8. The Overload
Contributions By
royalflush, philthy, alexgonzriv


Added on: September 24, 2012