- Audio CD (25 Oct. 1990)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Wea/Warner Bros.
- ASIN: B000002LAR
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 841,487 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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I thought the film was great (and, indeed, the old guy doing Papa Legba is worth it on its own), but I also really like the album.
I bought it because it followed on from Little Creatures, one of the very great albums of the 80s, and at first was disappointed (like most of the buying public, I suppose) that it wasn't simply that album done again. But as we all know, David Byrne doesn't do anything twice. Ever.
However, as I listened to it more and more, I began to really enjoy it for its own merits. There are some odd songs on here (including Papa Legba!), but there are some rocking classics (Wild Wild Life, Puzzlin' Evidence, Radio Head).
However, perhaps the most surprising elements of the album are the "ballads" (God I hate that word...) with which the album draws to a close: Dream Operator, People Like Us and City of Dreams are real genuine, wistful, lump-in-the-throat stuff.
This album is not as instantly satisfying as Little Creatures, but nonetheless, is a real gem, waiting to be discovered. Now it's Mid-Priced, you have even less excuse for not owning a copy; it's well worth it.
My personal highlights are Wild wild life, with its ferocious vocals in the verse and the quite frankly, stunningly catchy, brilliantly delivered chorus. Dream operator and People like us, side by side, both had great, melodic, almost balladic like choruses that were very heartfelt and enjoyable: poppy in the extreme, yes, but just very, very emotional and enjoyable, thanks to Byrne's always fantastic vocal delivery (he actually really does excel in the more emotionally bare moments doesn't he!: and to complete it all, hey now has a great chorus as well, very poppy in a bouncy way like wild wild side, and VERRRY catchy indeed.Read more ›
Wild Wild Life is the best known song from this album, as both the song and the video got plenty of air time (and you get both the original version and an excellent extended remix here); Love For Sale also met with some success as a single release. I'm here to tell you these are not even the best songs on this album. Puzzlin' Evidence, Hey Now, and Papa Legba are great but uninspired, but the second half of the album is incredible. Radio Head is the Talking Heads at their eccentric, fast-paced best. People Like Us, sporting a country-type sound, is more laid-back but no less compelling; it is a true song of empowerment and a virtual theme song for "normal" people who only want someone to love. City of Dreams is a touching concluding song that reinforces all the good feelings inspired by both the album and the movie, but even this poignant piece pales in comparison to the almost indescribably good Dream Operator.Read more ›
The result is a great pop-rock album, not usually considered to be among TH's best but I beg to differ. Though different in character `True Stories' is right up there with `Stop making Sense' and `Remain in Light' as one of the band's finest moments.
This collection is full of gems: `Wild Wild Life' (short and longer version both included), `Puzzlin Evidence', `Papa Legba', `Love for Sale' and `Hey Now' are all good danceable pop/rock songs with a streak of that unique Byrne-esque quirkiness. But the album's outstanding moments have real emotional power: `Dream Operator' and `City of Dreams' plus `People Like Us' are true classics.
The songs are performed with power and finesse, and would be immediately accessible even to non-fans of the band. Perhaps this very sing-along simplicity is what has caused hard-core fans to generally dismiss `True Stories' as unworthy of inclusion in the best of the TH legacy. But for me it's one of the best albums of the 1980s, and it still sounds great.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been re-listening to this late period Heads album lately, and still think its among their best. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Tom
Kind of avoided this at the time after reading bad reviews at the time even though a big fan and owning all their other CD, it was after replacing my "The name of this band is... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Richard Collins
This is where David Byrne's imagination runs riot as a fashion display takes place showing women wearing dresses which look like vegetables. Read morePublished on 19 Aug. 2011 by Richard
To be honest, I was always disappointed that the studio version of the movie tracks were re-recorded by the band. Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2001 by Neil Barnden (firstname.lastname@example.org)
These songs were written for David Byrne's excellent (though weird) film of the same name, but the Talking Heads versions are infinitely superior to the soundtrack. Read morePublished on 24 July 2001