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Speaking In Tongues (album) by Talking Heads

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Speaking In Tongues
Speaking In Tongues by Talking Heads (1983)
Overall rank: 520th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 525 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 10 albums of 1983 (8th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (77th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (520th)

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Talking Heads bestography

Speaking In Tongues is ranked 5th 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 39 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 47,737.

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Members who like this album also like: Remain In Light by Talking Heads, London Calling by The Clash and Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division.

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60/100
Favourite track: "This Must Be The Place"
Least-liked track: "Swamp"
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85/100
The odd ball production and quietly paranoid lyrics really give this album a charm. The second half does have some hollow lyrics but is still catchy. And of course "This must be the place" may be the best love song ever written with a beautiful ending note.
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95/100
From wenny
Fantastically catchy and crazy album. Each track excels beyond belief and the synth work is stunning. Shows the incredible potential of an amazing band, even without the production of Brian Eno.
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I love Remain In Light, but Speaking In Tongues is my favorite Talking Heads album. Every song rocks! The whole album is so danceable, and This Must Be The Place is the greatest closing track of all time.

Best songs: Making Flippy Floppy, Girlfriend Is Better, Moon Rocks
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Great album, but many songs on this are far better on Stop Making Sense
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100/100
For me, this is Talking Heads' crowning achievement. Every single groove is wonderful. Super catchy hooks and some masterful synth work. Remain In Light is fantastic but falls short of this in terms of consistency. Whenever I put this on, it's a real shame when it ends.

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While I really enjoy Remain in Light, this is by far my favourite Talking Heads album I’ve heard so far and has spurred me on to explore the parts of their discography that I have yet to delve into.

The opener is amazing, actually the first three tracks are amazing, all very listenable. The rest of the album up until the penultimate track varies from good to great, and said penultimate track ‘Pull Up the Roots’ is another amazing one and the closer ‘This Must Be the Place’ is one of my favourite songs and is one of the best album closers of the 80s.

This album is one that I loved from the first listen, and I have found myself sticking it on more often than any of the other TH/David Byrne albums that I own.
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Incredibly underrated albums of theirs (second best)! This what a happy Remain in Light sounds like, although the lyrics aren't as deep or complex as the latter I loved this album almost just as much...
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85/100
For some strange reason Speaking in Tongues is the only Talking Heads album I really like (I do agree that Remain in light is impressive though...) I just love the weird sounds and danceable, catchy melodies of the album. Every Halloween I feel the need the put on that record, oddly...
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From khj11
A really enjoyable album. Not as good as Remain In Light but still high quality new wave
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