Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues (Vinyl)

  • Sale
  • Regular price €25,00
Tax included.

Speaking in Tongues is the fifth studio album by American rock band Talking Heads, released on June 1, 1983 by Sire Records. After their split with producer Brian Eno and a short hiatus, which allowed the individual members to pursue side projects, recording began in 1982. It became the band's commercial breakthrough and produced the band's sole US top-ten hit, "Burning Down the House".

The album's tour was documented in Jonathan Demme's 1984 film Stop Making Sense, which generated a live album of the same name.

David Byrne designed the cover for the general release of the album. 




With Brian Eno no longer in the producer's chair, Speaking In Tongues begins the transition of the Talking Heads from groundbreaking art rock for more straightforward 80's pop-rock. As such, I'd love to hate this album, but its hard to deny that Speaking In Tongues sports another killer set of quirky tunes. The album isn't as consistently brilliant as either Remain In Light or Fear of Music (the three track stretch of "Swamp"-"Moon Rocks"-"Pull Up the Roots" is largely disposable), but it also contains a number of the band's best tunes on its first half. The closing "This Must Be the Place" is also magnificent, and demonstrates that the band is still able to craft a smart pop tune in the style of their earlier albums.

Speaking In Tongues might not be in the same class as Fear of Music or Remain In Light, but its still a necessary addition for any Talking Heads fan. The album's relatively "standard 80's" sound also make it an excellent starting point for listeners new to the band. Highly recommended.

Favorite tracks: "Making Flippy Floppy", "Girlfriend Is Better", "This Must Be Place (Naive Melody)"

By: Walter12

A1 Burning Down The House
A2 Making Flippy Floppy
A3 Girlfriend Is Better
A4 Slippery People
A5 I Get Wild / Wild Gravity

B1 Swamp
B2 Moon Rocks
B3 Pull Up The Roots
B4 This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

Backing Vocals, Double Bass, Guitar, Synthesizer – Tina Weymouth
Backing Vocals, Drums, Synthesizer – Chris Frantz
Backing Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards – Jerry Harrison
Bass, Percussion, Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocals – David Byrne
Cover – David Byrne
Engineer [Assistant Mixing] – Franklin Gibson*, Jay Mark
Engineer [Assistant Recording] – John Convertino (2)
Engineer [Recording] – Butch Jones
Lacquer Cut By – cB*
Lyrics By – David Byrne
Mastered By – Ted Jensen
Mixed By, Engineer [Mixing] – Alex Sadkin
Music By – Chris Frantz, David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth
Producer – Talking Heads