Remain in Light
Talking Heads - Remain in Light
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 325 ratings
1980 Ratings: #1
October 8, 1980 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sire / Label
Brian Eno / Producer
New Wave, Post-Punk / Genres
Your Review



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.
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.

Aug 11, 2016
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
Dec 28, 2017
what da fuuuuuunk!!!
Talking Aliens
Jul 12, 2016
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.
Apr 6, 2016
How delightfully has the third world conquered the first one!
Expanding, poly-rhythmic rays cover the facades and dance on every roof, before they complete their ritual with a mortal jump among the skyscrapers.
Mar 1, 2018
talking lights.
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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