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Jittery Latin style swansong for New Wave combo
on 25 July 2001
This was Talking Heads' last LP and it's not their best, but it has some great moments, notably the blasting opening 'Blind' and the positively swoonsome 'Democratic Circus'. Horns and Latin guitars augment the four band members and Johnny Marr, Kirsty MacColl and several Pogues make guest appearances on an album which anticipates David Byrne's world musicy solo career. There are still some great pop tunes ('Mr Jones' and 'Totally Nude' stand out) and lyrically the album seems to veer between disgust at modern consumerist society and an idyllic vision of primitive life in nature. 'Nothing But Flowers' is a brilliant vision of a modern Westerner whose world reverts suddenly to an Eden-like state. 'If this is Paradise', he cries, 'I wish I had a lawnmower!' The issues are as apt today under George Bush Jnr as there were when the album was released under his father, and I would definitely recommend giving it a listen if you like your pop exotic and intellectually stimulating.