Fear of Music

Talking Heads - Fear of Music
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1979 Ratings: #6 / 104
User Score
Based on 483 ratings
1979 Ratings: #4
Liked by 19 people
August 3, 1979 / Release Date
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Sire / Label
New Wave / Genres
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I don't really feel like Fear of Music had the same impact on me as the first two Talking Heads' records despite Byrne finally reaching levels of kookiness I've been anticipating.

Definitely not a bad album though I was a bit underwhelmed if I'm being honest

The lyrics and vocal performance by Byrne (who I just learned grew up in my city... kinda cool :3) are easily the best part of Fear of ... read more
Alternative Title for the album: Melophobia

Talking Heads' 3rd album is probably their most explosive album but also one of the weakest albums in their discography. Sure, there are high points on this album. I mean, the last song on the album 'Drugs' is imo their best song ever. I also think 'Cities' is a pretty good Talking Heads song. But this album sure has some of the weakest points for Talking Heads. Like on the first song 'I Zimbra', which is a huge mess, I do not know how to put in ... read more
"Fear of Music" has the all the quirky charm I expected from this madman! The eccentric vocal performances, the fun writing, the stellar instrumentation and amazing production from the Eno man makes this a fine post-punk meal... with a side of political commentary!

Fav Tracks: Life During Wartime, Memories Can't Wait, I Zimbra, Drugs, Mind, Cities, Animals, Electric Guitar

Least Fav Track: Paper?

Just listened to 40 minutes of David Byrne losing his shit for like the 36th time, and it was amazing!

If there's one thing this album does somewhat better than other early Talking Heads albums, it's the ability to really stick with you while providing a unique, refreshing new wave, 70s rock experience! I find this album, in particular to be exceptionally catchy and accessible, but that might just be me. If you loved Remain In Light, do not miss out on this!
Out of their best four (Remain, More Songs, Speaking, and this), I listen to this one the least. Although original and great, it's one that feels samey and loses my attention on and off. That being said, it's another huge point of growth for the band. This wouldn't predict what they do next, but it's a clear bridge between 77 and Remain (More Songs is completely out of place and honestly, this fits better between Remain and Speaking). Just like the previous, it's lacking many hard-hitters, ... read more
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Track List

  1. I Zimbra
  2. Mind
  3. Paper
  4. Cities
  5. Life During Wartime
  6. Memories Can't Wait
  7. Air
  8. Heaven
  9. Animals
  10. Electric Guitar
  11. Drugs
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Added on: February 25, 2013