Talking Heads
Naked


3.5
great

Review

by Aaron CONTRIBUTOR (108 Reviews)
December 23rd, 2013 | 114 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Remain in Light

Talking Heads at this point in time was nearly done in. Dysfunction and disagreements, as well as David Byrne’s desire to go solo, all signaled and further sped up the dissolution of Talking Heads. Among the several problems, was one bright spot. Enter the Heads’ swan song, Naked. Marking a return to the African-influenced sound of Remain in Light, Naked is a welcome return to form, with the band dishing out quality music just as they did years earlier. A major difference between the two albums is the quality of the albums, with the difference in quality of the latter sticking out like a sore thumb. Despite this, Naked not only serves as a return to form (or as close as it can get to being one), but as a pretty decent way of calling it quits.

In tracks such as Mr. Jones, Ruby Dear, and the standout track, Blind, instantly inherit bits and pieces of what made Remain in Light so great. The worldbeat-flavoured (Nothing But) Flowers, however, showcase the wavering quality of the Heads’ music. The theme of modern society being reverted to a natural state and its narrator being unable to get used to his new world only parallels with Life During Wartime from 1979’s Fear of Music, a classic song of a post-apocalyptic society with an unheroic urban guerilla as its narrator who was willing to live in the remains of his world. The track only drags down the album in the end.

Cool Water, the final track, wanders upon a foreign theme yet undiscovered by Talking Heads. Featuring Johnny Marr of The Smiths on guitar, Byrne delivers a pained vocal performance, detailing a tale of hard labor without end. Cool Water, with its unusually dark theme, ends Naked on a rather brooding note.

Not long after the release of Naked, Talking Heads would go on hiatus, only to come to a bitter end in 1991. In comparison to classic albums such as Talking Heads: 77 and Remain in Light, Naked is outmatched in about everything from classic tracks to a withstanding legacy, whereas Naked is destined to be put on the backburner and ignored. Despite the problems concerning the band, it is worth the time to check out and deserves just as much attention as their classic albums.



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LilLioness
December 22nd 2013


2994 Comments


MR JONES MOFO

someguest
December 23rd 2013


28614 Comments


yeah I don't know what you're talking about, "(Nothing But) Flowers" is the best track here.

LilLioness
December 23rd 2013


2994 Comments


It is strange how I keep seeing people say it isn't good. I never had a problem with it.

someguest
December 23rd 2013


28614 Comments


and "Totally Nude" is second best

Lotus
December 23rd 2013


508 Comments


meh

SnakeDelilah
December 23rd 2013


19828 Comments


I read a book over the summer where the main protagonist's favorite band was Talking Heads but the only song that came up during the book was '(Nothing But) Flowers' and I was confused because that's not even a song off of RiL.

Digging: Petal - Comfort

someguest
December 23rd 2013


28614 Comments


It's as good as anything off of Remain In Light.

LilLioness
December 23rd 2013


2994 Comments


I can't agree fripper.

Barelybreathing
December 23rd 2013


106 Comments


good review, pos

Cygnatti
December 23rd 2013


31838 Comments


I agree with frippsicle there

Jethro42
December 23rd 2013


15007 Comments


I know ''Blind'' at least. Good review Fripp, posd.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
December 23rd 2013


2566 Comments


Great review dude, remain in light kicks so much ass though. My dad has this vinyl somewhere so I'll look for it

deathschool
January 22nd 2014


21896 Comments


This is a great review, Fripper. Probably my favorite post-Remain in Light. I might even prefer this to 77. I need to jam it more, but I'm pleasantly surprised by how much this sounds like Talking Heads and still has some original ideas.

deathschool
January 29th 2014


21896 Comments


I love this album and I don't care who knows.

That site average is bull shit.

deathschool
January 29th 2014


21896 Comments


Some day.

deathschool
January 29th 2014


21896 Comments


I'm not as experienced as I should be, but yes. I could deal with some recs if you've got them.

gypsyrick
July 11th 2014


242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is such an amazing summer album. That 2.9 is whack.

deathschool
July 11th 2014


21896 Comments


Forreal, dude. This is like 4th or 5th best Talking Heads.

gypsyrick
July 11th 2014


242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also I think the constant comparisons to RiL just because of African influences are a bit ridiculous... they sound completely different. But hey..... that's okay.

PappyMason
August 4th 2014


5702 Comments


'Don't leave me stranded here / I can't get used to this lifestyle'



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