Talking Heads
True Stories


3.0
good

Review

by The Door Mouse USER (29 Reviews)
February 6th, 2007 | 29 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist


David Byrne has always been one of music’s craziest and wackiest artists out there. It comes through in his lyrics and personality. Then he decided to go into the movie business. He created a musical called True Stories and he couldn’t have made a movie with out a soundtrack. Him and his band, The Talking Heads, made an album and soundtrack just as unpredictable and impulsive as Byrne is.

It is impossible to classify this album into one or even two genres. The first six tracks have a habit of switching from one genre to a completely different one. The opening track Love For Sale has a very Classic Punk sound to it. It’s very simplistic and very easy to find yourself singing along to it. There’s a very basic constant drum beat, incredibly fun Ramone like vocals and an ecstatic power chord guitar part. Much like Love For Sale, Wild Wild Life is basically the same thing but they tone down the Classic Punk and turn up an up-beat pop sound. Just when you get used to that enjoyable Classic Punk feel they throw Puzzlin’ Evidence at you. It has a very Gospel and Soul feel. There are background singers that add immensely to the Gospel feel. This song also features some keyboard that fits perfectly into the song, pouring on to the R&B type feel. Both of those songs are oozing with dynamism and liveliness.

So those two songs are on your plate and they are just swirling with excitement. Then they throw a very relaxing reggae, paradise feeling song. Hey Now starts off with a very lazy, bubbly guitar riff and gushing with marimba lines. It has a huge contrast with its relaxed feel compared the exhilarating feel that you heard before. The next song has just as much relaxation as Hey Now. Papa Legba is a- for lack of better word- seductive Latino mamba. It has very dark and mysterious, Latin jazz drumming and much like Hey Now this has marimba in the background. In addition to those two components, Byrne starts speaking Spanish at times making it more mystifying.

There are five excellent tracks in a row, but something has to just stop the streak. Radio Head barges in and it has a polka sound up the wazoo with very annoying vocals and loud disrupting accordion. I don’t know what made them think that this song was alright to put in becuase It is just a big buzz-kill.

So lets put these in order, Classic Punk, Gospel, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Pop then Polka. They go all over the place. Good for them that they can do this but I don’t think that it contributes to the album.

I mentioned somthing in the second paragraph but I need to emphasize this. This is the most fun album that I’ve ever listened to. There isn’t one track where I don’t want to get up and dance. This shows off in Hey Now the most. As I described it before it is just a slow relaxing reggae song. A downfall of this aspect is that fun usually means an extreme lack of seriousness. How that effects you is completely dependent on your mood. If you’re happy, this is a charm, if you need some serious meditation music, this is as annoying as a two year old crying on an airplane.

As far as the instrumentals go, nothing special. Byrne doesn’t have a fantastic voice, the guitar is better in some places then others, the bass has some good basslines but they mostly just follow the guitar but out of all of these, I think the drums impress me the most. Though most of the time they are just doing amateur beats, Papa Legba is where the drums really get good. Its not the usual simple beats but rather using a variation of auxiliary percussion such as cowbell, claves and Latin toms. The guitar is either really good or really bad. It’s not too great in Love For Sale, just doing a repetitive power chord line. In songs like Wild Wild Life there is some really good clean, arpeggio guitar. Also there is great typical reggae guitar in Hey Now. Byrne’s voice is never anything to go crazy about but in Dream Operator his voice is very smooth and beautiful. I’d say that is the only song where his vocals are great. In Radio Head his vocals are absolutely atrocious. They are very whiney and just very unwanted.

Toward the end of the album there are 3 ballads. Dream Operator is the best one by far. As I said before, Byrne broadcasts a great voice. The song flows together very nicely. It is a good break from the previous high energetic songs. It has some great piano in the background and some strumming acoustic guitar with a nice bassline. The next song People Like Us dramatically declines from Dream Operator. It’s not bad but just extremely average. Byrne’s voice is sub par trying to reach notes that he can’t and a very repetitive guitar part. The last song is basically a carbon copy of People Like Us, repetitive strumming, poor vocals and extremely repetitive.

This album is very enjoyable. I may have just sounded like I left you on a bad note but this album is really enjoyable. It is a blast to listen to and completely stress free though it’s more satisfying at sometimes than others.

Pros
Fun
Some good instrumentals
Great variance of genres

Cons
Some terrible instrumentals
Radio Head

Recommended Songs
Hey Now
Love For Sale
Dream Operator

3/5



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TheMisterBungle
February 6th 2007


861 Comments


Is this your review for "review a classic album game?"This Message Edited On 02.06.07

The Door Mouse
February 6th 2007


2092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

It wasn't intended to be but sure.

Intransit
February 6th 2007


2797 Comments


Go look up the definition of comma splice and figure out how to not fill your reviews with them. They are eye rape.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 6th 2007


17920 Comments


it takes me like ten seconds to figure out what you're trying to say in each sentence

thats how bad your grammar is

The Door Mouse
February 6th 2007


2092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

@canyoneer: I did what I could but is it really that bad?

@chan: Specifically...?

Intransit
February 6th 2007


2797 Comments


Its just impossible to read. You do realize that the little green lightning bolts in word mean that you have a grammar issue right? They aren't 'omg awesomeness" indicators.

Also, do you know how to use semi colons and colons? There are at least two instances here where they are desperately needed and that came from just briefly glancing at it.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
February 6th 2007


16089 Comments


I actually thought that the review was great.This Message Edited On 02.06.07

The Door Mouse
February 6th 2007


2092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Its just impossible to read. You do realize that the little green lightning bolts in word mean that you have a grammar issue right? They aren't 'omg awesomeness" indicators.

I'm not retarded and I fixed all of those.

Intransit
February 6th 2007


2797 Comments


The review itself was fine, but the grammar is just perplexing. Have someone read it over a few times to make your sentences flow better. Its hard to pay attention to it when your sentences are worded awkwardly. If you want, send them to me on AIM. I'll proofread them and remove some of the awkward sentence structure.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
February 6th 2007


16089 Comments


1. canyoneer will steal it and plagurize it
2. he stole the pandas wtf they were mine
3. Learn how to organize

Intransit
February 6th 2007


2797 Comments


dude you linked me, so the pandas are fair game. Plus you have risk revival quitchobitching

trustxdialect
February 6th 2007


1502 Comments


Its just impossible to read. You do realize that the little green lightning bolts in word mean that you have a grammar issue right? They aren't 'omg awesomeness" indicators.

It's so mean, but I laughed so hard.



Angmar
February 7th 2007


2689 Comments


[quote=Iluvitar]1. canyoneer will steal it and plagurize it[/quote] :lol:

JumpTheF**kUp
February 7th 2007


2710 Comments


[quote="stevo2112"]Iluvitar[/quote]
It's right there, and yet you still cannot manage to spell it properly.
:lol:
I think I was the one who recommended you use more commas to make the review flow better. When I said that, I didn't mean 'replace all full stops with commas kgo', I meant 'don't always use fullstops, it sounds too mechanical. Try flowing your sentences together by using commas and the like'.
The pandas are serious secs

Zebra
Moderator
February 7th 2007


2647 Comments


I don't think that the grammar was all that bad. It could have been better but it wasn't as bad as canyoneer said. I thought the review was decent but it's just not my style.
This is my least favorite Talking Heads album. It just seems really cheesy and way to basic.

711
February 7th 2007


1341 Comments


The sentances may be somewhat awkward at times, but I thought this was a great review. Zepdude, your reviews are getting better with every submition, and I dont see why you take so much crap from everyone.
Once again, good work :thumb:

trustxdialect
February 7th 2007


1502 Comments


can someone please explain these damn pandas?

pulseczar
February 7th 2007


2385 Comments


Zepdude, you write like this: "I like this ice cream. It's strawberry flavoured. It's sugar-coned. It is perfect for a hot day like this one."
you could easily take those four sentences and make, "This strawberry, sugar-coned ice cream is perfect for a hot day like today."
It's the same deal with your review, you only have one simple idea for each sentence, when you could take many of them and combine them into one smooth sentence that doesn't even have to be long, which is much more interesting and easier to read.
Most of the sentences actually are grammatically correct, but that doesn't make them any good. If you don't at least start trying to make smoother sentences, no one's gonna want to read your reviews, and everyone's gonna keep laughing at you.

pulseczar
February 7th 2007


2385 Comments


Actually, I take back the grammatically correct part, I just noticed you also don't know the difference between commas and periods (i didn't sleep last night).

"There are five excellent tracks in a row. But something has to just stop the streak. Radio Head barges in. It has a polka sound up the wazoo with very annoying vocals and loud disrupting accordion. I don’t know what made them think that this song was alright to put in. It’s just a big buzz-kill."

^this could easily be 3 sentences.

"There are five excellent songs in a row. But something has to stop the streak." 'But' means that you have more to add to your first point, so that means your message/idea isn't complete, so by adding a coma, it joins the two mini-messages to make a complete one, "There are five excellent songs in a row, but something has to stop the streak." Now there's a period because your new message is about the song Radio Head, and not about how the album flows.
This Message Edited On 02.07.07

Angmar
February 7th 2007


2689 Comments


Quote:
Originally Posted by stevo2112
Iluvitar



It's right there, and yet you still cannot manage to spell it properly.
oops






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