Reviews in 200 Words

Stop Making Sense, Talking Heads, 1984

In Album (Throw-back) on October 7, 2010 at 1:09 pm

David Byrne is magic. Not, like, figuratively; really. There’s nothing else like him, there’s no one who doesn’t want to work with him, and there’s nothing he does that isn’t pure genius. This is more than an album–it’s a rock-movie, a puzzle, a project, a tour. From, “Girlfriend is Better,” (a song that makes perfect sense), we get the title, and the lovely line, As we get older, and stop making sense…  “Psycho Killer,” opens, and Byrne is slowly joined by additional members of the band. If you can’t wail along to this song, you probably don’t actually like music at all. If this song doesn’t remind you of something great (even something painfully great), then you probably aren’t old enough to read. Finally, with the entire band, we get the epic, “Burning Down the House.” And from there, there’s no end to the enormity of this album. “This Must Be the Place,” “Once in a Lifetime,” “Take Me to the River.” This is an album to be raised on, to return to and feel good about. This is an album to remind you not to age too fast, not to ever stop making sense…or maybe, never to start. 

-Micah Ling


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