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Album Review

Talking Heads' most immediately accessible album, Little Creatures eschewed the pattern of previous Heads' albums, in which instrumental tracks had been worked up from riffs and grooves, after which David Byrne improvised melodies and lyrics. The songs on Little Creatures, most of which were credited to Byrne alone (with the band credited only with arrangements) sounded like they'd been written as songs. Perhaps as one result, the band had been streamlined, with extra musicians used only for specific effects rather than playing along as an ensemble. Byrne, who was singing in his natural range for once, frequently was augmented with backup singers. The overall result: ear candy. Little Creatures was a pop album, and an accomplished one, by a band that knew what it was doing. True, Byrne's lyrics were still intriguingly quirky, but even his subject matter was becoming more mature. "I've seen sex and I think it's okay," he sang on "Creatures of Love," and suddenly the geek had become a man. Where he had once pondered the hopes of boys and girls, he was now making observations about children. And even if his impulses remained strange — "I wanna make him stay up all night," he declared about a baby (presumably not his own) in "Stay Up Late" — he retained his charm and inventiveness. Little Creatures was, in a sense, Talking Heads-lite. It was hard to think of this as the same band that produced "Psycho Killer." But for the group's expanding audience, who made this their second platinum album, that was okay. And their popularity was being accomplished with no diminution in their creativity. [In the fall of 2005, Talking Heads' catalog was finally remastered and reissued as DualDiscs, containing a CD on one side and a DVD with 5.1 mixes, along with bonus video material, on the other. Initially, the DualDiscs were only available as a box set, but in 2006, the albums were reissued individually as digipacks (the box set contained all white jewel cases). Little Creatures contains an early version of "Road to Nowhere" that is much tamer and simpler than the finished version, and an early version of "And She Was" that lacks the pre-chorus and sounds like a rough demo; there's also an extended mix of "Television Man" that was released as a 12" single, plus videos of "And She Was" and "Road to Nowhere" on the DVD side.]

Customer Reviews

David Byrne, "Best Scribe" - Esquire Magazine, 2005

This is a fun, well-written album originally produced in 1985. I came here to download a song or two that I remembered from the cassette tape I used to have from the original recording. To my surprise the entire album had been remastered. Byrne has taken a great set of tracks and improved on them in a way that sort of completed them or filled in the areas that he found he could improve, with much work on his part, by adding strings and a chorus, for example, where there were none originally. Like I mentioned initially, I came for a couple songs, but after listening to the clips and how he has improved upon his own work was a great thing to hear. I ended up downloading 12 songs, including three of the originals and their newly remastered works. This is well-written and very clever music writing in it's highest form. David Byrne is brilliant in my own personal opinion. If you are familiar with this CD at all I would say that the "re-work" he has done, only improving upon his former work should be rewarded because it shines through in every piece that I listened to. I would not hesitate to recommend this CD to anybody. It is, in my mind, a "content buy." I am very satisfied and do not feel as though I have spent any frivolous cash on music I either didn't like or need. Good luck with your searching and buying.

I Love it! David Byrne, "Best Scribe", 2005 Esquire Magazine

"Best Scribe" My man Dave! "Scribe" that means he has STILL got it all. A scribe is basically just writing forming letters, characters, or words! That's huge for a musician man because you may have a powerful or soft poetic voice that can sing like Sinatra, but if you, as a musician can write lyrics,... you can scribe.. your way past a majority of the singers out there trying to make a living as a singer/songwriter. But, this is for "David Byrne 77" who is an angry old time music man. I just want to say that it's clear you're not sorry for any of the things you wrote in your review, but your title said (paraphrase) "I'm really sorry to the Talking Head fans out there," blah blah blah blah blah. He was so sincere. But if you want to see something funny, go to Talking Heads "Creatures of Love" and see how sorry he was there. This is so pitiful, that he actually went to the other $8.91 version of "Little Creatures" and smeared the (you know what) out of them. Just click on his name "David Byrne 77," it will take you to all of his reviews and you can see 13 reviews he's done, especially the other "Little Creatures" and the fact that he bought a Paris Hilton song. Anyway I gotta go and if I need to say anything about Talking Heads "Little Creatures" album is, you will love it and the dude who wrote the original title at the top, "David Byrne, 'Best Scribe,'2005 - Esquire Magazine," speaks for me. The magazine made for real men. He speaks for me. I love you all. I give this thing six stars because David knew what he was doing when he wrote this album. Bye all!

This album is great!!!!

I have waited a long time for this album. This album has got to be the best of all. The bonus track only help make this one so special. My Brother Joe would love this would levon!!!!!!


Formed: 1974 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

At the start of their career, Talking Heads were all nervous energy, detached emotion, and subdued minimalism. When they released their last album about 12 years later, the band had recorded everything from art-funk to polyrhythmic worldbeat explorations and simple, melodic guitar pop. Between their first album in 1977 and their last in 1988, Talking Heads became one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the '80s, while managing to earn several pop hits. While some of their music can seem too...
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