Released on 1 June 1983, Speaking in Tongues is the fifth studio album by Talking Heads. After their split with producer Brian Eno and a short hiatus, which allowed the individual members to pursue side projects, recording began in 1982. It became the band’s commercial breakthrough and produced the band’s sole US top-ten hit, Burning Down the House.
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Talking Heads – Speaking in Tongues (2021 Limited Edition on Sky Blue Vinyl)
Rolling Stone’s David Fricke lauded the album’s crossover nature, calling it ‘the album that finally obliterates the thin line separating arty white pop music and deep black funk.’ He elaborated that the songs are all true art rock, with the complexity and sophistication of the genre, yet avoid art rock’s characteristic pretensions with a laid-back attitude and compelling dance rhythms, making it an ideal party album.
- Burning Down the House
- Making Flippy Floppy
- Girlfriend is Better
- Slippery People
- I Get Wild / Wild Gravity
- Moon Rock
- Pull Up the Roots
- This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)