Talking Heads
Little Creatures


3.5
great

Review

by Miguel Walter USER (20 Reviews)
June 14th, 2006 | 32 replies


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist


When Talking Heads fans discuss the band's catalog, 1985's Little Creatures is often treated like a punching bag. "This is where the band started to go downhill," they'll say. "This is the worst Talking Heads album by a mile!" What makes this all so weird is that, well, Little Creatures is actually pretty great! It's the band at its catchiest, to be sure, and it's about as far from the Brian Eno-produced masterpieces Fear of Music and Remain in Light as you can get, but this is still one hell of a pop album.

That's right, folks, this is a pop album. It seems that frontman David Byrne actually sat down in a studio, wrote some riffs, put together some lyrics that rhymed and then presented them to the band, very different than the way things were done for, say, 1983's jam session-driven Speaking in Tongues. I'll be the first to admit that the results here are mixed and that Little Creatures is not a perfect album by any stretch of the imagination, but for people to view it as some sort of catastrophe is downright silly.

First off, we have "And She Was" and "Road to Nowhere," two of the band's very best songs. Opening the album, "And She Was" is maybe the most radio-friendly song Byrne ever wrote. The lyrics are simple, the music is simple and the melody, well, its pretty simple, too, but it all adds up to an easily enjoyable track that will make even the grouchiest soul want to get up and dance. And then closing the album, we have "Road to Nowhere," a song some of you might recognize from that horrible/hilarious Fred Savage/Howie Mandel movie "Little Monsters" from the 80s. This isn't just kid's stuff, though. "Road to Nowhere" is the band at its best, a classic that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as such other Talking Heads classics as "Psycho Killer," "Heaven," "Once in a Liftime" and "Burning Down the House." The song begins with just the band singing vocals, vocals that sound remarkably passionate, and then the music kicks in, sounding like something that might be played at the ferris wheel at a circus. It really is a phenomenal song and, even if the rest of Little Creatures was awful, it woud be worth owning just for this one track.

Between "And She Was" and "Road to Nowhere," of course, there are several other songs. A few of them kind of suck ("Perfect World" doesn't seem to go anywhere and the boring "Television Man" is way too long), but the rest is pretty damn good, though none of it is anything terribly earth-shattering. "Give Me Back My Name," for instance, features some great guitar work. And "Creatures of Love," in all of its catchy glory, is almost as strong a pop song as "And She Was." You even get "Stay Up Late," a strong, piano-fueled track that reminds me a lot of Elephant-era White Stripes.

LIke I said, this album is certainly better than a lot of Talking Heads fans might lead you to believe. It's catchy, full of energy and it might just be the best Talking Heads album to listen to on long road trips since their 1977 debut. And it only has two songs I consider incredible, so the score can't get much higher than a 3.5, but that doesn't mean the other songs are all bad. There isn't really a whole lot more to say ... sorry if this is short, but it's nine songs from a band that has already been coverd quite a bit on this site. The bottom line is this: If you like Talking Heads, and don't mind the thought of David Byrne being a fairly normal dude for once, I'd suggest you seek out this album. You can probably even score a used copy since so many people seem to hate it. Check it out!



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The Jungler
June 14th 2006


4827 Comments


Great review, I love the Talking Heads, but don't know much of this album.

Dimes Make Dollars
June 14th 2006


241 Comments


"And She Was" is alright, "Stay Up Late" is terrible. Not much motivation to check out this album. Not a bad review though.

STLMiguel
June 14th 2006


335 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dimes, it is all about "Road to Nowhere."

Zappa
June 14th 2006


355 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I view this, rather than where the band started to go downhill, as the band's final high-quality effort.

I'm a Talking Heads fanboy.

Zebra
Moderator
June 14th 2006


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is an average pop album. And She Was Creatures of Love are the only to really attention grabbing songs off the album, the rest is meh. Good review, it was nice and brief.

Grant
June 14th 2006


26 Comments


Well Zappa, why not review a Talking Heads album? Your reviews are always great, I miss them.

STLMiguel
June 14th 2006


335 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well I hope the fanboy approved of my two cents, Zappa.

Patrick
June 14th 2006


1891 Comments


and she was is good


Zappa
June 14th 2006


355 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, it's a nice review.

Little Man being Erased
June 14th 2006


87 Comments


I need more Talking Heads, so I'll pick this up eventually. It's always really cheap too.



P.S. I'm listening to Remain in Light right now. :cool:This Message Edited On 06.14.06

tom79
July 1st 2006


3376 Comments


And She Was and Road To Nowhere are both obvious highlights here. Stay Up Late isn't that bad.

Digging: Wil Wagner - Laika

STLMiguel
July 1st 2006


335 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, those 3 and "Creatures of Love" are the strongest tracks. "Creatures of Love" gets no love.

MeowMeow
June 18th 2007


662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ans She Was is probably my favorite TH song ever, but this album is pretty lackluster.

Jim
October 6th 2009


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no love for lady don't mind?

this album is just about as good as i expected

MUNGOLOID
July 23rd 2010


4333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Road to Nowhere is probably the best Talking Heads music video.

xfearbefore
November 21st 2010


1245 Comments


Road to Nowhere will always be my favorite Talking Heads song. Just breathtaking. Plus it was included in one of my favorite films as a child, Little Monsters. Makes me nostalgia so much every time I hear it.

RangerFan
July 1st 2011


61 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Walk it Down and Lady Don't Mind, I dunno those are great songs IMHO.
Personally I give this album a higher rating, it's just got that nostalgia feeling to it, it was a big album from childhood roadtrips. However I do believe this review is good, and I totally respect the POV, even though I disagree with some of it. Cheers!

cdcrazy
February 10th 2012


12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

road to nowhere = my new favorite song. the ending is the most inspiring and climactic ending in music

xfearbefore
February 11th 2012


1245 Comments


Hell yeah man I routinely jam to Road to Nowhere. Legendary anthem.

avantgardening
June 12th 2013


27 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a good album, pop done well.



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