Fear of Music

Talking Heads - Fear of Music
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1979 Ratings: #8 / 96
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Based on 303 ratings
1979 Ratings: #5
August 3, 1979 / Release Date
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Space Vacation
77
Finally got and set up my new computer so here is hoping for more consistent ratings and reviews! Woo!

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
okcomputer12127
65
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
Plats
97
"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?

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Aoaystheory
95
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
JustSomeGuy
85
Talking Heads' most accessible and one of their most fun releases to date, Fear Of Music is certainly one album that lives up to the hype surrounding it.

I actually took quite a while discerning whether or not I thought this was better than Remain In Light, which is currently my favourite Talking Heads record. Where Remain In Light did have a few duds in its eight track tracklisting, Fear Of Music has none. All eleven tracks here are amazing and deserving of the praise each one gets. I even ... 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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