Fear Of Music (studio album) by Talking Heads

Fear Of Music by Talking Heads
Year: 1979
Overall rank: 235th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 1,050 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1979 (4th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1970s (56th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (235th)
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Talking Heads bestography

Fear Of Music is ranked 2nd best out of 15 albums by Talking Heads on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Talking Heads is Remain In Light which is ranked number 27 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 31,147.

Talking Heads album bestography « Higher ranked (27th) This album (235th) Lower ranked (353rd) »
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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 84 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Rating: 88 (266 votes)Comments: 3
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Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 1,050 votes)
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02/23/2024 15:40 JamesMowbray  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 3,85570/100
 
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02/22/2024 18:20 iann97  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 1,39276/100
 
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 83.6/100, a mean average of 82.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.7.

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70/100
From 02/09/2024 01:25
An interesting record.
Unfortunately with some subpar tunes in the middle of some funky tracks.
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From 01/15/2024 15:22
Best album of the seventies for me. I was twenty when I bought it and I couldn’t imagine that it was even better then More Songs About Buildings and Food which I played a whole year every day .
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80/100
From 02/27/2023 21:10
A pretty good record that only dips in quality occasionally but the highs overshadow these issues anyway. The opening track encapsulates what this album is perfectly with its strange but engaging tone and its diverse instrumentation. This record is really a stepping stone to what would come after and it is thoroughly enjoyable to be able to go on this adventure with the group as we see their sound become refined. Where the album peaks for me is the two track run of Air and Heaven which is just exceptional and is some of the best work the group put out in my opinion. Overall, it can be inconsistent at times but it is so full of personality and quality that this can be overlooked for the most part.
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85/100
From 08/07/2022 04:30
Great stuff! Well worth a listen!
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From 06/23/2022 17:29
Their best 70s album and most consistent in quality, every song is good in my opinion except Animals which I don't like that much.
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From 05/18/2022 16:25
It’s a frenetic album. So many words to sing, so many notes to play, so many beats to hit…all stuffed into 40 minutes or so. At the end, you’re left feeling a bit exhausted and a lot uplifted.
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90/100
From 03/24/2022 22:34
Just terrific throughout.
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From 11/15/2021 13:31
Very good actually
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good
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From 10/14/2021 18:23
decent punk/new wave mix
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Best Albums of 1979
1. London Calling by The Clash
2. The Wall by Pink Floyd
3. Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
4. Fear Of Music by Talking Heads
5. Entertainment! by Gang Of Four
6. Breakfast In America by Supertramp
7. Off The Wall by Michael Jackson
8. Rust Never Sleeps by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
9. Highway To Hell by AC/DC
10. Tusk by Fleetwood Mac
11. Reggatta De Blanc by The Police
12. Damn The Torpedoes by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
13. Metal Box by Public Image Ltd.
14. The B-52's by The B-52's
15. Specials by The Specials
16. Armed Forces by Elvis Costello And The Attractions
17. Singles Going Steady by Buzzcocks
18. 154 by Wire
19. Setting Sons by The Jam
20. Y by The Pop Group
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