Remain in Light

Talking Heads - Remain in Light
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1980 Ratings: #4 / 108
User Score
Based on 870 ratings
1980 Ratings: #1
October 8, 1980 / Release Date
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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.
100
Pitchfork
The album presents such a strange artistic vision, foreign to what came before but operating as though it were the culmination of a long tradition, that it seems to declare the power of weirdness itself.
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.

ElectricMess
100
The groove of Born Under Punches is just fucking unfair
Cosmilk
87
I was listening to this album with a friend once and he was like ‘this reminds me of 80s and 90s office cubicles’.
I was so mad at him because I knew he wasn’t wrong.

I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better front half on an album than this. I've never grooved so much in my life.
JoaoSantos
99
Damn, this is so fun to dance to. From beginning to end, Remain In Light is an engaging project, filled with some amazing african inspired rhythms complemented by the ectastic performances by David Byrne and the fantastic production. It's funky riff after funky riff after funky riff. The introspective lyrics take absurd turns but I mean, even if you aren't able to get  them, you can still shout your lungs out to Once In A Lifetime (LETTING THE DAYS GO BY, LET THE WATER HOLD ME DOWN). ... read more
fakeplasticrose
95
Due to the negativity in this community at the moment, I'm gonna take a moment to appreciate a few fantastic albums I love, starting with this one.

The fact that this came out in 1980 is still baffling to me. My parents were younger than I am now at this time. This could come out in 2029 and probably still be hailed as groundbreaking and innovative. I don't know how the fuck they did it. Everything - from the musicality, to the lyrics (one of the 2 in 10 times lyrics seriously impact my ... read more
zachthesnack
98
Edit: this grew on me

My power is out right now because of a snow storm so I didnt appreciate being taunted on Born Under Punches :(

And the heat goes on
And the heat goes on
And the heat goes on
And the heat goes on
And the heat goes on

Bitch I wish the fuck it would, ya boi has icicles for toes.
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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
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