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5.0 out of 5 stars But what are ventilator slacks?, 13 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Sand In The Vaseline: Popular Favorites (Audio CD)
To my eternal discredit, I lost touch with Talking Heads after Psycho Killer - I was probably too busy bringing up the kids. Then a friend lent me the shorter "Once in a Lifetime" compilation, and after 2 or 3 plays I kept finding one or other of their tracks going round in my head. So I bought this because there are even more tracks.
One of the reviewers said that because of the many different styles on this album, most people will be disappointed with some. Another way of looking at it is that it gives you an opportunity to see how the band evolved from a basic new wave format into all sorts of other directions - and the full discography for the tracks helps show how each member contributed. For example, there's no doubt the sound of the band was much thinner without Jerry Harrison, even though he's easily overlooked. David Byrne normally gets all the attention for his clever lyrics and musicianship, and quite rightly so, but what a great rhythm section. Tina Weymouth is very modest about her contribution, but she is a very capable and inventive player and has the good taste not to show off.
The charm of this band is that they were always open to new ideas and so didn't get stuck in a rut. This is an excellent collection of inventive and intelligent music, with useful sleeve notes that include examples of their achingly cool album covers.
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