Fear Of Music (studio album) by Talking Heads

Fear Of Music by Talking Heads
Year: 1979
Overall rank: 252nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 994 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1979 (4th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1970s (61st)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (252nd)
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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 29 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 33,957.

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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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Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 994 votes)
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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 83.9/100, a mean average of 83.0/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 84.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.6.

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90/100
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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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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From 11/15/2021 13:30
good
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From 10/14/2021 18:23
decent punk/new wave mix
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From 06/03/2021 14:17
Seemingly everything Talking Heads touched in the late seventies turned to gold, but that wasn't because they found a strict formula and stuck to it. Much to the contrary, on Fear of Music they seemed to interrogate everything that had made their oeuvre compelling in the first place, and seemed to question the very idea of pop culture iconography. The song "Heaven," which I'd never heard until my college roommate introduced it to me, was a song that David Byrne almost decided not to include on Fear of Music, and ironically it's the song that best encapsulates the album's spirit: "Heaven is a place," sings Byrne with absolute deadpan sincerity, "A place where nothing / nothing ever happens."
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From 02/14/2021 15:41
Grande álbum, mais sombrio do que eu esperaria, mas isso é um ponto positivo.
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From 04/12/2020 07:25
This is the best Talking Heads album in my opinion. Every song is fun to listen to and it never really slumps in the middle like some new wave albums tend to do.
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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. Off The Wall by Michael Jackson
7. Breakfast In America by Supertramp
8. Highway To Hell by AC/DC
9. Rust Never Sleeps by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
10. Tusk by Fleetwood Mac
11. Reggatta De Blanc by The Police
12. Metal Box by Public Image Ltd.
13. Damn The Torpedoes by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
14. The B-52's by The B-52's
15. Armed Forces by Elvis Costello And The Attractions
16. Specials by The Specials
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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