Talking Heads
More Songs About Buildings and Food


4.0
excellent

Review

by Scott Herren USER (42 Reviews)
February 10th, 2005 | 61 replies


Release Date: 1978 | Tracklist


Rolling Stone Album #382

Members:
David Byrne
Chris Frantz
Tina Weymouth
others

I have already done one Talking Heads album, and you may think doing another would be repetitive. The thing is More Songs About Buildings and Food shares as many similarities with Remain In Light as a fruit roll up shares with an piece of fruit. This will be my last reference to food (or buildings for that matter), so if you are here just for that it would be best to save time and leave now.

While Remain In Light is a more mature album, More Songs... displays the quirkyness that is to be expected from a bands sophomore album. Most of the songs on this record are pretty straight forward punk rock songs. Byrne's squeaky voice is either loved or hated, there really isn't any middle ground. So just a warning, if you don't like his voice in the first song, you aren't going to like it on the last song either, so get out now. Save Remain In Light and Stop Making Sense, this is my favorite Heads album. It is edgy and off the wall at times, but always fades back into comfortable hooks, and standard rock progressions. If you are a beginner, this is definately the album to start on.

Notable Songs:

Thank You For Sending Me An Angel
This song is short and sweet and gives a feeling of what is to be expected. Pretty straight forward song aside from the wacky vocals of Byrne obviously. The song is pretty much driven by just a couple of guitar riffs and vocals, and is a nice uptempo song to get the album going.

With Our Love
One of my favorites on the album here. The guitar progressions are wonderful, and there is just enough bass and drums. The two guitars mesh beautifully, and for the first time on the album Byrne sings a bit, with great results. Great punk song.

The Good Thing
The song starts off lighter than the previous two with some synthesized notes which mimic nicely Byrnes singing and the guitar riff. The first background vocals on the album come in, and it sounds like a choir supporting Byrne for a moment as the song gets a little darker for the chorus, but gets light again in no time. A great bassline at the end of the song takes the song out as it gets a bit heavier, and climaxes nicely.

Found A Job
Most people have probably heard this song, but I'll give a brief discription anyway. The shrill guitars and Byrnes shrill vocals will either get on your nerves or you will love them. The chorus is very catchy, and goes to more of a standard guitar sound. I love the bass in this song, and especially like the chorus. A piano (or keyboard) comes in at the 3 minute mark to accompany the guitar and bass for the last 2 minutes where it is just instrumental.

Take Me To the River
This song is a change of pace from the rest of the album. Most people should have heard this song too. It has a dueling bass and keyboard, joined occasionally by a guitar, but the song is basically a Byrne ballad. This song is driven by his singing and the bass. It's not really a beautiful song in the traditional way, but I like it.

This is pretty much a beginners album to get into the Talking Heads. It isn't the greatest that they have to offer, but is still a very solid rock record, and is worthy of a spot on the Rolling Stone top 500. Overall I would give this album a 4/5.



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Iai
Emeritus
March 13th 2005


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Take Me To The River isn't a basic Bryne ballad, because it's an Al Green cover version. :p

This is one of those albums that doesn't seem to have any highlights or lowlights. Every song is of the same quality.

Gets a low 4/5 from me, too.

masada
August 2nd 2005


2733 Comments


Why hasn't anyone reviewed Talking Heads: '77 yet?

Silly, silly people.

morrissey
Moderator
September 25th 2005


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice review

decent album, but they have far better ones. This doesn't really have any standout songs for me.

The Jungler
March 16th 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Does anyone know what Talking Heads song was used in the end of the documentery "Dogtown and Z-boys"? It's pretty fast, and weird, I heard it in the credits and instantly recognized it but can't remeber it's name.
Something is telling me it's on this album though.

JesusV4
April 9th 2010


391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've just acquired through a game of chance the entire Talking Heads discography. I only hd Remain In Light and Stop Making Sense before. Exciting times ahead for the fourth version of Jesus.

random
July 15th 2011


2262 Comments


The cover art is wonderful.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2011


28581 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

band is pretty gay but they put out a few gooduns

Digging: Chris Brown - X

wabbit
August 31st 2011


7003 Comments


4th best...5th if stop making sense counts

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
January 19th 2012


3663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I prefer the Stop Making Sense version of "Found a Job," more so than the studio version.

cdcrazy
February 10th 2012


12 Comments


take me to the river is the best cover ever, totally funkadelic and orgasmic

wabbit
February 10th 2012


7003 Comments


keep listening to good music

Snooze00
July 5th 2012


236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love there quirkiness and so refreshing. Note you get a nice balanced volume level and clean unlike alot of albums produced these days with the dynamic range off the charts. Louder is definately not better you silly silly sound engineers.

Graveyard
September 3rd 2012


5740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yea their stuff is amazing dude and surprisingly there isn't that much filler on this album if any

sending me an angel and found a job are both killer tracks

Digging: Nurse With Wound - Spiral Insana

Chortles
October 6th 2012


17967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best band ever

Digging: Pinback - Blue Screen Life

Ethics
October 20th 2012


4112 Comments


yeah, one of them

Chortles
October 20th 2012


17967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this band

Ethics
October 20th 2012


4112 Comments


damn i summoned bros

Ethics
October 20th 2012


4112 Comments


selfish fucks

Chortles
October 20th 2012


17967 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i would fuck goats to see these guys live

Ethics
October 20th 2012


4112 Comments


can fuck with st. vincent but can't do a tour with talking heads wtf



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