Talking Heads - Remain in Light
+ Limtied Rocktober 2023 White Vinyl.
The musical transition that seemed to have just begun with Fear Of Music came to fruition on Talking Heads' fourth album, Remain In Light. "I Zimbra" and "Life During Wartime" from the earlier album served as the blueprints for a disc on which the group explored African polyrhythms on a series of driving groove tracks, over which David Byrne chanted and sang his typically disconnected lyrics. Remain In Light had more words than any previous Talking Heads record, but they counted for less than ever in the sweep of the music.
The album's single, "Once In A Lifetime," flopped upon release, but over the years it became an audience favourite. Byrne sounded typically uncomfortable in the verses ("And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife/And you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?"), which were undercut by the reassuring chorus ("Letting the days go by").
Even without a single, Remain In Light was a hit, indicating that Talking Heads were connecting with an audience ready to follow their musical evolution, and the album was so inventive and influential, it was no wonder. As it turned out, however, it marked the end of one aspect of the group's development and was their last new music for three years.
Release Date: 6th October 2023
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