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Remain In Light (album) by Talking Heads

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Remain In Light
Remain In Light by Talking Heads (1980)
Overall rank: 40th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
87/100 (from 1,718 votes)
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Accolades: Award Best album of 1980 (1st)
Award Top 10 albums of the 1980s (5th)
Award Top 50 albums of all time (40th)

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Remain In Light is ranked as the best album by Talking Heads.

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95/100
Rarely can a band become so popular by virtue of being so unapologetically bizarre. The musicianship is dissertation-worthy with all of the styles it seamlessly integrates.

And what the hell is David Byrne's voice, anyway?
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Yep - get the African themes in here. With a recent re-listen I found that the backing vocals are not so much a backing vocal but are almost a duet with Byrne on many occasions. His statement with the tribe response perhaps?

Whilst listening I thought the lead guitar on The Great Curve sounded somewhat familiar and think I've nailed it to the same kinda sound and feel on Bowie's Lodger - especially Red Sails and Boys Keep Swinging - but het Eno worked on that album as well.
This is a great funky album and they are such a top band

I found the final track - Overload - to almost be a homage to Joy Division with his vocal delivery and sombre music.
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Rating:  
90/100
Best track: "Seen And Not Seen"
Weakest track: "The Overload"
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From wenny
Truly bizarre album that is immense fun. An absolute peak in the New Wave journey.
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From Kurtco
Alert to cult record !!!!
Talking Heads is one of my 5 favorite bands (with Velvet, RATM, Radiohead and Pixies), their originality is extraordinary and their sound is unique and dancing.
In the early 80s, David Byrne and Brian Emo (2 great geniuses of music) create a musical UFO that is probably one of the most cult of all time. "Remain In Light" is totally revolutionary in the use of instruments since it mixes African rhythms and urban electronics. The legendary Talking Heads album remains as danceable and modern. This record is fabulous and visionary.

10/10

Best track: "Once In The Lifetime"
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From Lastings
Tina Weymouth's baseline on Born Under Punches is absolutely outstanding.

Given that there are two basses (her's and a slap bass) on that song, it can get a little buried in noise on the album version. but, they really accentuate it on live versions. And once you know exactly whats lying under there, its hard to listen to anything else. even on the album.

might I suggest this particular live version, for starters.

https://youtu.be/YO7N2tFb0X8
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From mdbaxter
This beautiful chaos. None of the instrumentation should work but it all does. There are so many different sounds going all over the place but somehow they all come together to form this work of art. Everything up until "Houses in Motion" is incredible. The last three songs are OK but not really comparable to the first five, those are just something else entirely.
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O baixo e o ritmo desse álbum é espetacular! Grande influenciador da música que veio posterior!
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Very weird album in a good way ofcourse. Very very funky and psychadelic, can't reliate to the other half of this album.. can't figure out why. I'm gonna try to give it a few more listens.
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From Charade
This is an amazing album. Quirky, funky, full of energy. Born Under Punches is one of my favorite songs.
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Best Albums of 1980
1. Remain In Light by Talking Heads
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