Speaking In Tongues (album) by Talking Heads

Speaking In Tongues
Speaking In Tongues by Talking Heads
Year: 1983
Overall rank: 395th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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80/100 (from 589 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 1983 (7th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (53rd)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (395th)
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Talking Heads bestography

Speaking In Tongues is ranked 3rd 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 30 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 35,424.

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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 80.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 80.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.5.

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90/100
From 02/11/2020 20:55
Another great, funky record by Talking Heads. You can't help to AT LEAST bob your head along to most of the tracks here. I keep coming back to this one ever once in a while and always love it.

Favorite Tracks: This Must Be the Place, Girlfriend is Better, Burning Down the House
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55/100
From 05/01/2019 19:08
Favourite track: "This Must Be The Place"
Least-liked track: "Swamp"
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85/100
From 03/11/2019 01:31
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 02/22/2019 05:21
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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From 12/15/2018 18:42
Great album, but many songs on this are far better on Stop Making Sense
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From 10/14/2018 13:00
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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From 07/20/2018 15:54
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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From 03/05/2018 17:01
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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From 08/28/2017 03:49
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 06/28/2017 05:39
A really enjoyable album. Not as good as Remain In Light but still high quality new wave
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Best Albums of 1983
1. Murmur by R.E.M.
2. Violent Femmes by Violent Femmes
3. Power, Corruption & Lies by New Order
4. War by U2
5. Synchronicity by The Police
6. Swordfishtrombones by Tom Waits
7. Speaking In Tongues by Talking Heads
8. Kill 'Em All by Metallica
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