Mesopotamia (studio album) by The B-52's

Mesopotamia by The B-52's
Year: 1982
Overall rank: 9,392nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 24 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1982 (150th)
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The B-52’s- Mesopotamia- 1982 Vinyl LP- 3641
Condition: Used
Time left: 9m 34s
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Condition: Used
Time left: 2h 27m 21s
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The B 52's Party Mix Mesopotamia Cassette Tape RARE
Condition: Very Good
Time left: 13h 58m 3s
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Mesopotamia is ranked 7th best out of 15 albums by The B-52's on

The best album by The B-52's is The B-52's which is ranked number 853 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,207.

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From 07/31/2017 22:49
I wish this album got the adulation it deserves, because it's really the most rousing music the B-52s made. I think it helped to have David Byrne in the studio with his unique and probably rather strict conceptual standards. The way "Mesopatamia" and "Cake" build and take you from A to Z is something the B-52s hadn't accomplished except in "Give Me Back Your Man." The other songs just have an amazing, rich sound. Timeless record. ... I bought it when I was in junior high school, I think, and at the time I was disappointed because I thought it didn't have enough of the old B-52s humor. But this was the album that stuck with me over time. It's one for the grownups.
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From 05/27/2017 20:36
From the almost strained vocals on track one this album I find disappointing, it just shows that bringing two class acts together doesn't always make a class combination.
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From 08/25/2013 00:35
Ridiculously underrated. Produced by David Byrne at the height of Talking Heads' power, Mesopotamia is the most unique thing The B-52's ever put out. They've had stronger albums as a whole but its still a strong album. In Cake, Cindy and Kate's lyrics make baking a cake way too sensual for words.
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