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The Big Country deserves special mention because it showed that the band still had much more to explore - it's a melodic, country tinged, slightly balladic (although not actually a ballad - they didn't do one of those till their seventh album) song about an idealised American heartland; although in typical Byrne style the narrator of the song doesn't seem to find the vision particularly appealing ('I wouldn't live there if you paid me'). They wouldn't really travel in this direction again until Little Creatures, although nothing on there is as good as The Big Country.
Overall, the album is excellent. As with Fear of Music, Remain In Light and Speaking In Tongues, if you're a music fan of any sort you should consider getting it. If you scroll up you'll find some preview links - I suggest you click them.
"Forgot the trouble, that's the trouble -
forgot the trouble, that's the trouble -
forgot the trouble and that's the trouble,
With our Love, With our Love."
An achingly painful sentiment, expressed in the confines of an intense wall of guitar chops and a bone-jarring refrain. Eno synth sounds are lurking around the second verse, too. Sort of makes you feel ... nervously happy - nervous because music shouldn't be so intense, happy because the perfectly punctuated bass, percussion and guitars deliver the goods. It's a toe-tappingly cool song.
The first six songs are without flaw. Each different from the other - different sounding vocals, synthesizers, reverb, percussion. And Great Lyrics. It makes for unbelievably intriguing music. "Girls Want to be with Girls" is a hoot - with a sort of an electronic choir of angels forming the refrain. Goofily irresistable.
"Found a Job" then smacks you in the face.
"Damn that television, what a bad picture -
don't get upset, it's not a major disaster."
The raunchy guitars repeatedly jab your ribs. And they don't let up. Get up and DANCE YOU FOOL!!
Side Two (on vinyl) - beginning with "Artists Only" - misses the mark with a few throwaway songs. Redeemed by "Stay Hungry" and "The Big Country." ("Take Me to the River" has been way overplayed).
Overall this is solid stuff that has - truly - stood the test of time. This release is now 26 - that's 26 (!!!) years old. Eesh. Though the gray hairs have multiplied, this album of my youth retains its sinewy strength. A tasty cut of Grade "A" Alt-Rock.
Four Starz **** - check it out Holmesqueeze.
"More Songs About Building and Food" came at a great time in this band's history. It smack dab in the middle of their tuneful yet more simple debut "Talking Heads 77" and the start of exploring world music and polyrythyms of "Fear of Light".
On this album, Talking Heads is confident, road-traveled and sticking to the most conventional and raw/organic sounds you will hear from their catalog. When this stuff debuted, I was young and focused only on the melody of the songs yet, in hindsight, there is wonderful instrumentation, unique arrangements and producer Brian Eno captured the band perfectly. David Byrne's simple and minimalistic guitar playing explores an ironic virtuasity that will later be explored by more celebrated players like Andy Summers from The Police and The Edge from U2. The bass/drum interplay outshines most rock/pop bands or their era and is indicative of funk which, once again, will be more common place at the turn of the century (while it is common today for bassists to be challenging the sound of the guitarist, in the 70's so many bass players only played the root of the chord that the guitar player was focused on).
There are only strong songs on this excellent album. "The Big Country" is a highlight not only because the band is trying their hand at a different sound, but it is simply a great ballad-type song. "Warning Sign" is a fantastic tune with interesting change of tempos.Read more ›
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I've been listening to this album over and over the last few weeks. Who knows how I'd missed it in the past (I've been a rock music fan for more than 40 years). Read morePublished 10 days ago by Daniel Rosenberg
My favorite TH album, bought a new copy after watching the iconic TH show video .. Talk about a trip in the WABAC machine .. This is a wonderful package for Talking Head fans ..Published 4 months ago by BikerBill
I own all of the albums by Talking Heads, and amongst that impressive collection of recordings by David Byrne and band, this one remains my very favorite of the bunch. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
Talking Heads' second studio album, "More Songs About Buildings & Food" is nonstop fun - minus the silly album title. Read morePublished 11 months ago by ADRIENNE MILLER
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