Fear Of Music (studio album) by Talking Heads

Fear Of Music
Fear Of Music by Talking Heads
Year: 1979
Overall rank: 277th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 917 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1979 (4th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1970s (69th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (277th)
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TALKING HEADS Fear Of Music (1979) Europe Issue - Sire 456 707 - 11 Tracks
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Talking Heads bestography

Fear Of Music is ranked 2nd best out of 16 albums by Talking Heads on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Talking Heads is Remain In Light which is ranked number 30 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 35,628.

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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 85 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 917 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 83.8/100, a mean average of 83.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.8.

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From 07/14/2020 16:18
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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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From 07/07/2019 22:41
The Talking Heads made some cool ass music here. This is the Hunky Dory to Remain in Light’s Ziggy Stardust, a fantastic predecessor.
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From 06/21/2019 20:46
Good album. But it doesn't do anything more than that for me. Their followup, Remain in Light, would be much better.
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75/100
From 03/09/2019 15:11
Favourite track: "Cities"
Least-liked track: "Electric Guitar"
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From 10/18/2018 20:43
A powerful predecessor to Remain in Light, Talking Heads really make a name for themselves on Fear of Music.
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From 09/24/2018 03:39
First half is amazing. During the second part of the album, I think it slows down a bit, but it doesn't take away the masterful songwriting that is present overall in the record. It's a clear evolution from their first two works; very post-punk-ish, coinciding with other bands of the moment like Joy Division.

Favorite songs: "I Zimbra", "Mind", "Cities", "Life During Wartime"
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From 04/24/2018 00:25
The paranoia of this album provides some great tracks and some others that are little more than rhythmic ramblings.
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From 03/25/2018 16:22
Their best album.
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From 01/13/2018 21:26
It's weird to see what people think of certain songs on an album sometimes on this site. But it's also very interesting. I think the album starts out really strong with the first two tracks (I Zimbra and Mind). Then the middle section of the album (Cities, Life During Wartime, Memories Can't Wait) was harder for me to grab onto, which is odd because everyone else seems to love that section. Then I thought 'Air' and 'Heaven' are both great. And the album closes with probably my favorite song of the bunch, 'Drugs'. If I get into the middle section more this would be a killer album for me, which is why I'm going to give it some more listens to no doubt. The only song here I actually disliked was 'Electric Guitar', it's just some of the songs fell a bit flat for me. I still think this is a must listen for Talking Heads newcomers.
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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. Damn The Torpedoes by Tom Petty & 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. Setting Sons by The Jam
19. Y by The Pop Group
20. 154 by Wire
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