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At the start of their career, Talking Heads were all nervous energy, detached emotion, and subdued minimalism. When they released their last album about 12 years later, the band had recorded everything from art-funk to polyrhythmic worldbeat explorations and simple, melodic guitar pop. Between their first album in 1977 and their last in 1988, Talking Heads became one of the most critically ... Read more in Amazon's Talking Heads Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1985
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Dual Disc
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000CCD0FS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,528 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. And She Was
2. Give Me Back My Name
3. Creatures Of Love
4. The Lady Don't Mind
5. Perfect World
6. Stay Up Late
7. Walk It Down
8. Television Man
9. Road To Nowhere
10. Road To Nowhere (Early Version)
11. And She Was (Early Version)
12. Television Man (Extended Mix)

Editorial Reviews

This 1985 followup to Speaking In Tongues introduced the favorites 'And She Was' and 'Stay Up Late'. Dual Disc content includes music videos for 'And She Was' and 'Road To Nowhere'. CD bonus tracks include 'Road to Nowhere', 'And She Was' and 'Television Man'. Rhino. 2006.

Customer Reviews

I definitely recommend it for any music buff.
J. Ledford
And She Was is easily the best on here, and Road To Nowhere is also very good, but the remainder is pure uninspiring rubbish that won't be memorable.
70s Punk Fan
Every home needs an album this upbeat, fun,l and just dang good!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Little Creatures is one of my all-time favorite CDs. I know a lot of Talking Heads fans consider this album a little too pop-oriented, but I love every song on here. This is particularly good music to sing along with, yet it still has plenty of quintessential David Byrne vocal sounds to distinguish it from non-Talking Heads music. I still hear And She Was on the radio from time to time, proving its longevity as a quirky, fun track, but for some unexplainable reason, nobody ever seems to play Road to Nowhere anymore. That was really the song that made me a TH fan, and I'll never forget the video with David Byrne running nonstop in the corner the whole time. Stay Up Late is another cool song that got some air play in its day; it's not a song you would want your babysitter to listen to while she is at your house, but it's just a typically fun, unique Talking Heads song.
All of the remaining songs are almost as good as the single releases. Give Me Back My Name, The Lady Don't Mind, Perfect World, and Walk It Down aren't spectacular, but they are quite enjoyable. I especially love the chorus of The Lady Don't Mind, and the last verse of Perfect World features vintage David Byrne vocals. Television Man comes closest to the earlier, more traditionally untraditional Talking Heads sound, and it features a great stretch of David Byrne vocal gymnastics. As enjoyable as all of these songs are, though, none compare to the song Little Creatures. It has a great flow to it, with interesting lyrics, and it shows how talented a singer David Byrne really is. The entire album has a fullness and flow that most albums just do not have; I never skip any of the tracks when I play this CD.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Allan Tong on May 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I adore Remain In Light, enjoy Speaking In Tongues, love Psycho Killer. But LITTLE CREATURES is my favourite Heads album. I know many Heads' fans don't, because LC doesn't sound like anything else they ever did. It's melodic, bouncy, bright and optimistic. Little Creatures is like the Velvets' LOADED, a pop record made by an avant-rock band.
Reportedly, David Byrne was in love (with Adelle Lutz) when he composed these tunes. That's evident from the get-go. And She Was kicks off the album on a note of joy and energy, not dark brooding like Burning Down The House. From there, the record detours into kids & family (Creatures of Love, Stay Up Late) and more love (the wonderful The Lady Don't Mind).
The hooks are catchy and the harmonies are delicious. Further, every song moves. You can dance to this. There's no filler. The sequencing is smart -- the record is assembled like one unified piece.
LITTLE CREATURES isn't everyone's cup of tea, but who says a band has to sound the same on every album?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Reynolds on August 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I still miss them every day, and this album (along with Speaking In Tongues) is one of the reasons why. Great pop songs, quirky lyrics, funky melodies -- full-bodied music. The four of them came together to do great stuff and, afterward, on their own, none of them have ever been as good again.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stack VINE VOICE on February 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
After their debut album, the Talking Heads began building music of excess-- extra musicians, layered instrumental arrangement, polyrhythms, and so on, driven on by David Byrne's sort of all-accepting view of music and in part fueled by Brian Eno's production wizardry. After an album that was more electronic then organic ("Speaking in Tongues"), the Talking Heads did a complete about face with "Little Creatures", presenting an album of essentially stripped down pop music.

Now granted, stripped down pop is not a bad thing-- it's just that the band appears to have surrendered their edge along with their heavy production. While the music manages to reclaim a bit of that timeless quality that made the first four Talking Heads albums so great, the music is lacking. From my perspective, I suspect it's because it's a lot more restrained-- the instrumental arrangements are a lot less edgy and Byrne's vocals fall in a comfortable middle range tenor rather than his usual higher, tense vocal.

Truthfully, none of it is BAD-- it's all pretty enough pop music ("Perfect World"), and the reflections on children on sweet and often quite clever-- albeit goofy ("Creatures of Love", "Stay Up Late"), and certainly there's no question that opener "And She Was" was destined to be a hit-- it's a great piece with a fantastic hook and a great vocal harmony on the chorus. It's just that most of the pieces are pretty much undistinguished ("Walk it Down"), and the Talking Heads were never about undistinguished songs.

The dualdisc reissue remasters the album in both stereo (CD side) and 5.1 (DVD), and it sounds great, the sonic upgrade is fantastic. Both sides also include bonus tracks-- two "early versions" and an extended remix b-side on the CD side and a pair of music videos on the DVD side.

Trutfully, had a band other than Talking Heads put this out, I'd probably rate this higher, but the bar was set pretty high by "Fear of Music" and "Remain in Light".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on March 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
"Little Creature" is perhaps the Talking Heads most pop sounding album. The songs are shorter, the music is simpler and the hooks are in every song. But, there's something missing. I don't particularly care for "Give Me Back My Name" or "Creatures Of Love" and "Walk It Down" is questionable. The best tracks are "Road To Nowhere", "And She Was", "Stay Up Late" and "Television Man" with "The Lady Don't Mind" and "Perfect World" coming in second. The digital remastering is excellent and on the cd side the bonus tracks are actually interesting like the early version of "Road To Nowhere". The early version of "And She Was" is pretty much the same as the final product. The extended version of "Television Man" is just what it says and nothing special.

Unfortunately, this album doesn't lend itself to 5.1 surround. There's nothing instrumentally to fill in the void. It's much better in stereo on the cd side I think. The photos are okay and the videos for "And She Was" and "Road To Nowhere" are also okay. No lyrics are included and as with the other albums you get Jerry Harrison's take on remastering the album.

All in all, a good, but not great album.
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