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Naked

Talking HeadsAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fly / Sire Records
  • ASIN: B000002LD0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,223 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blind
2. Mr. Jones
3. Totally Nude
4. Ruby Dear
5. (Nothing But) Flowers
6. The Democratic Circus
7. The Facts Of Life
8. Mommy Daddy You And I
9. Big Daddy
10. Bill
11. Cool Water

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent March 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
With "Naked," Talking Heads sought to combine the complex rhythmic layering style of an earlier album like "Remain in Light" with the ironic upbeat accessibility of their more recent commercial work such as "Little Creatures." The result is an intriguing hybrid, with a spark all its own. Some Heads fans may prefer the harder edge of their earlier years, but one should not dismiss "Naked's" polished maturity so quickly. The album bubbles and swirls with diverse and rich rhythms, a variety of instruments (such as french piano, brass, and oboe), and wonderful interweavings of twangy guitar sounds. The first half of the album is pure fun, beginning with David Byrne's superb vocal performance on "Blind" and continuing through a series of tongue-in-cheek 80s vignettes like "Mr. Jones" (an updating of the Bob Dylan everyman from the 60s, now grown fat and even more consumerist but having a great time), the catchy "Totally Naked," the atmospheric "Ruby Dear," and the dazzling "Nothing But Flowers." Each of these tunes is a masterful mix of fluid sounds that make you glad to be alive. The album then takes on a gradual but progressively darker tone, beginning cynically with "The Democratic Circus" (you must remember that at the time this album came out, presidential candidates like Gary Hart were dropping like flies in ridiculous public scandals) and proceeding on to the chilling denoument, "Cool Water." The contrast is amazing - while Mr. Jones parties and naturists frolic around nude, real people are suffering and working themselves to death. Personally, I think this was one of the best albums of the eighties.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underappreciated magic from the Talking Heads June 29, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Why this is always considered to be the "bleakest" Talking Heads recording is beyond me. Yes, it is totally different from every other Talking Heads CD, but without format changes art becomes stagnant.
It is my favorite Talking Heads CD by far. The songs are beautifully constructed and contain excellent lyrics. I especially enjoy listening to "(Nothing but) Flowers" on high-end audiophile equipment.
This album was the last Talking Heads album and freed David Byrne to persue a solo career.
Highly recommended.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There Is No Best Talking Heads Album!! December 9, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Through my years as a growing Talking Heads fan, I have come to realiize that it is impossible to coin one of their albums as the best. Any true TH fan will agree. Sure there are some TH albums that are not as good as others, like True Stories for instance, but even with "True Stories," the more you listen to it, the more hidden tresures you discover- thus making it grow on you untill it's just as good as all the others.
Having said that, each one is unique and special in it's own way, it all depends on what mood you're in at the time. But what is so great about all of them is that they not only give great listening pleasure, but also demand something more from the listener, thought, hence the term, used so befittingly with this band, "smart music." Naked is at the top of this list. Possibly the smartest TH album ever, its sophisticated, rich and flavored sounds only enhance the sheer wit and intensity that the music posseses, which I must confess, makes it one of my most listenable albums.
Its title is exactly what the music represents, purity. It is stripped down to just the purest forms of how music is made. No fancy electronic sound effects or unorganic sounds. This message of returning back to nature is clear in all the songs lyrics. Just amazing to see how they do it, but they do. "Bill, living in the forrest," "there was a factory, now there are mountains and rivers," when we ride the ferris wheel we're little childen again," "some day we'll live on Venus, and men will walk on mars, but we will still be monkeys down deep inside." This strange and bizzaro poetry is the best you're gonna get.
And anyone who doesn't like it because it doesn't have the same angular more jagged stylings of eariler albums are insane. Just listen to the goddam thing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious, magical, astonishing September 9, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
It's really wonderful to read such positive commments about this brilliant, criminally underrated album. It's the best thing Talking Heads ever did - which is saying something. It's so hauting, magisterial and disturbing at times: Cool Water, Bill and the fabuluous Big Daddy especially. Its also sharp and satiric. The blurb says that the music and the style was a deliberate 'response to America's increased isolationism' in the 1980s. And it shows. Songs like Cool Water evoke the conditions in those Latin American countries wrecked by the evils of Reaganite foreign policy. The Democratic Circus brilliantly commments on the cynicism of politics. It's such an intelligent record. But it's danceable! I agree with the person who said it was his favourite album. It's mine too.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally Underappreciated January 7, 2004
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Talking Heads - Naked (1988)

Yet another direction for the Heads, one many didn't warm up to. But if you give it a chance to sink in, you'll see it's the best T.H. album since REMAIN IN LIGHT. Lots of extra musicians are on board and they often broaden the scope with international flavors. And Johnny Marr of the Smiths contributes his sterling guitar to quite a few tunes here.

Themes such as the shackles of culture, evolution (on many different levels), breaking the bonds of culture and stepping out of one's element permeate NAKED. The lyrics are some of the best of David Byrne's career, especially on the bizarre, mechanical "The Facts of Life" - "People fall in love like in fairy tales/ I'm not sure I like what they can do/ I'm afraid that God has no master plan/ He only takes - what he can use."

Highlights include the jubulant "Totally Nude" about a "nature man" and the equally upbeat (yet tinged with melancholy) "(Nothing But) Flowers" sung by a character who mourns the loss of a civilization "sacrificed for agriculture." The closing song, "Cool Water," is slow-building and intense, wrapping things up with an ominous tone.

"Bill" is my personal favorite here which has that "Doc Tari" jungle sound quality to it. Many other songs have a similar quality, or, more specifically, heavy emphasis on Latin American styles of percussion. Amazingly, aside from "Big Daddy" which just rubs me the wrong way, all of these songs are brilliant.

If you dig the Heads but passed this one by, give it a shot!
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5.0 out of 5 stars O'l heads fan
I'm an old TH fan and had lost this cd years ago. Found it on Amazon used with absolutely nothing wrong with it. Easy buy, quick ship and good store.
Published 8 months ago by Gc W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing by Flowers
Fresh, Original, and visually challenging music. David Byrne is unconventional, poetic, purveyor of life and it's diversity as evidenced by his music. Buy it, Love it, Live It!
Published 11 months ago by Marshall C Turbyfill
4.0 out of 5 stars The Heads' final blast
This is Talking Heads' final album, the swan song of this highly innovative and mould-breaking band from the 1980s. Read more
Published 13 months ago by The Guardian
5.0 out of 5 stars Understated work of art
In the reissue of this CD there is a liner note from Maggie Estep which captures much of my life when this album came out (minus the shoplifting!). Read more
Published 13 months ago by John Kane
5.0 out of 5 stars love some of the songs on this cd-which I think was on eof their last...
lyrics ar jumbled and often funny and dont often make sense as they weave a story that finally does wrap it all up into a nice package. love the bass and drum work on this cd.
Published 18 months ago by Cole M. Gill
5.0 out of 5 stars Talking Heads--"Naked"--Cd
Great Cd--at a Great Price by the Talking Heads. Too
Bad it was their last band effort. Read more
Published 20 months ago by pawnshop
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album...
I am impressed by all the sounds, strikes me as one of their best creative spurs in their career, maybe a come back album in some respects. Read more
Published on August 2, 2011 by B. G. Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and Moving
Having missed all of the great offerings from the eighties I'm now just beginning to get caught up. I've really enjoyed the incredible layering of most of the Talking Heads tracks... Read more
Published on July 31, 2011 by Richreviews
1.0 out of 5 stars The album that brought the band down
Okay, let me start off by saying that I am not writing this review because I am a Talking Heads hater. Read more
Published on July 9, 2011 by Hammerhead Music Man
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh!
I've been waiting for this day for so long now. The day I hear a disturbingly bad album by a band that I really like. Read more
Published on October 1, 2009 by 70s Punk Fan
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