Remain in Light

Talking Heads - Remain in Light
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
1980 Ratings: #4 / 125
User Score
1980 Ratings: #1
Liked by 169 people
October 8, 1980 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sire / Label
Brian Eno / Producer
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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.


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.

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.
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.
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.

The groove of Born Under Punches is just fucking unfair

Edit 04/26/21: This is one of the best things ever.You know that. I know that. So here’s just some specific moments I’ve been in love with recently.

- The strange, freakish imagery that pops into my head when the chorus sings “we move in between”
- David Byrne invented ad libs
the moment when the first chorus joins the “Heat Goes On” refrain is peak music
- David Byrne’s ‘rap’ verse ... read more
This album is the shit
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.
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.
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
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Added on: September 24, 2012