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David Byrne & Co.'s follow up to the platinum selling "Speaking In Tongues" and the live "Stop Making Sense" albums offered their most pop oriented album ever. This edition includes the bonus track of a 12" version of "The Lady Don't Mind".
Having spent the early '80s in a giddy expansion of the sound and scale of their studio recordings and concerts, Talking Heads come full circle with this 1985 album, retracting to the core quartet and restoring a focus on David Byrne's knotty songs. Arriving in the wake of the fevered rhythms of Speaking in Tongues and Stop Making Sense, Little Creatures's new material sounds freshly lyrical, remarkably concise, even subdued, but there's the usual whimsy--the levitating heroine of the jangling, punchy opener, "And She Was," the cracked child-rearing advice of "Stay Up Late," and the galloping, anthemic reminder that we're on the "Road to Nowhere." --Sam Sutherland
- When David Byrne Went Solo, He Lost All The Good Harmonies
This album is beautiful because of the vocal harmonies provided by Tina Weymouth. She was a perfect counterpart to David Byrne's odd voice. When he went solo, he lost all of this.
Hands down, my favorite song on the album is Road To Nowhere. The vocal harmonies are delicious and the song reminds me of the awesome video that they created for the song....more info
- I Suppose They Had Run Their Course, But...
I still miss them every day, and this album (along with Speaking In Tongues) is one of the reasons why. Great pop songs, quirky lyrics, funky melodies -- full-bodied music. The four of them came together to do great stuff and, afterward, on their own, none of them have ever been as good again....more info
- Good for picking up a party or driving
The Talking Heads have put out some great music in the 1980's up to the mid 90's but I think this album was when they reached a creative pinnacle in their melodic style. David Byrne has the kind of creative mind which produces lyrics and music in a unique way. Because their music was always considered obscure, even within their category, they tended to attract a sub mainstream audience. "Speaking in Tounges" was their first record to get noticed but even so, it was considered eclectic. Then "Stop Making Sense" (the movie) came out and mainstream was going to see it and buying Talking Heads recordings, followed by the soundtrack for "True Stories."
What I like about it is that it's uplifting, fun, and energetic. The music makes you want to get up and dance. The words are sometimes weird, funny, and strong statements about our society. I've also put in some great driving time in our old Saab, listening to this CD. When it ends, you find the last hour seemed to go by quickly and you're almost there!...more info
- (3.5 stars) Pure '80s pop, but hey, it's fun
You know, when I first heard about this album I was ready and willing to rip it to pieces. I mean, a pop album? From Talking Heads? Yeah, that's right. It's their equivalent of Loaded by the Velvet Underground: proof they could've made good pop if they had chose to, they just never chose to. And besides, there's plenty of the group's personality here - as on the jumpy "Perfect World", and on "The Lady Don't Mind", which goes from a Pink Floyd-influenced intro to a full-on dance track. Anyway, there were several minor hits here: "And She Was" is pure catchy hummable fun; "Stay Up Late", about a perverted babysitter (At least that's my take) is fun bouncy piano-pop with wonderful guitar parts; "Walk it Down", despite having annoying keyboards, is still pretty funky and besides it has great lyrics; "Road to Nowhere" is enjoyably jerky and has a nice militant rhythm, even if the organ tone once again hurts it. But it's nowhere near perfect. For one, a bit of ambition wouldn't have hurt. For another, there are a couple songs I don't like here: the country-new wave hybrid "Creatures of Love" is awkward; the world music-flavored "Television Man" is endless; and there's nothing either here or there about "Give Me Back My Name". Plus there are some moronic keyboards. Oh well, it's a good fun time, exactly what it was intended to be. So hey. Can't complain too much. It's just that it's nowhere near Remain in Light....more info
- Some Creativity But Limited In Substance
Probably teh best qualities about this recording are thespecial arrangements and some oddball David Byrne lyrics. The lead tracks And She Was, Road To Nowhere, and Stay Up Late are the strengths of the disc most notably the middle tracks ocapella opening. Walk It Down as an interesting bass line and Creatures Of Love is kind of spunky and doesn't take up too much listening time. The rest of the songs do not offend me but in the same respect do not have much memorable about them either. The instrumental backing and vocals are creative, a bit unusual but not all that good with a few exceptions as noted above. Truthfully Elvis Costello, The Pretenders, Joe Jackson, and a few other new wave artists seem to have more talent going for them than this act. But these guys(and girl) are not bad. They have their niche and big fans of them will like this record. However, outsiders to this style could pass on this batch very easily....more info
- Only half the songs are great
This is an important piece but not 100% good. I only liked 4 songs....more info
- It's getting to be pop music . . .
This is an interesting recording. The TH's had really moved beyond their edgy-ness, but still had a knack for writing cool songs such as "And She Was" & "Stay Up Late" in particular. In this, they're moving toward the mainstream. Some of these songs are a bit of a drag, but overall it rocks....more info
- Grand kids
Well my first Grand child is 5 months old and needs some good music to listen to........."Baby, Baby please let me hold you I wanna keep him up all night!" I want kids to know about the Talking Heads as their songs served me well raising my Grandsons father He still remembers David Bryne in the Big Suit on Stop Making Sense. ...more info
- One of the albums I have known since' I've been alive.
I absolutely love this album. This is the first album by them I remember hearing. My father is a huge TH fan, this album came out the year I turned two, my father bought it around then, played it with me around, and I was constantly begging to hear it in whatever way a not-quite-two-year-old baby boy can. I am now sixteen years old, and still like this album just as much now as I did then. This album has lots of great tunes on it, "And She Was" is great, "Stay Up Late" is hilarious, "Television Man" is catchy, you just can't go wrong. This is one of my favorite TH albums, and is one of the best albums of the mid-80s, up there somewhere with Queen's A Kind Of Magic. I highly reccomend Little Creature's to anyone, it's awesome....more info
- The Heads return
In the beginning of the film 'Stop Making Sense', we see a lone David Byrne walking up to a large stage with a tape recorder. "There's a tape I want you to hear", he says, and plays the monotonic rhythm of 'Psycho Killer'. As the concert goes on, more musicians join him on stage ?V first the core band members, and then percussionists, guitar players and backup singers, until finally the stage is crowded.
This, in a nutshell, is the story of the Talking Heads' development up to the point of 'Stop Making Sense'. Under the watchful eye of master-producer Brian Eno (whose amazing list of collaborators also includes David Bowie, Devo, U2, John Cale and Robert Fripp, among many others) the band grew from the shady art-rock semi-punk band that created such anti-culture semi-hits as 'Psycho Killer' and 'Love ?? Building On Fire', through electronics and ethnic influences, into the avant-garde new-wave supergroup that created masterpieces like 'Fear of Music' and 'Remain In Light', a process that reached its peak after Eno left the group, under Byrne's direction, with 'Speaking in Tongues' and 'Stop Making Sense'.
'Little Creatures' is considered by many fans and critics to be the beginning of the end for Talking Heads, and where they gave in to commercialism. 'Little Creatures' is often underappreciated and misunderstood, especially by avid fans of the Heads, because it was a decisive change in direction for them. It's not in fact the sound of the band giving up their influences; on the contrary, it shows them accepting new influences while also returning to their roots. 'Little Creatures' is a return to the core four-member band, and it puts much more focus than before on the band's instrumental prowess and on Byrne's songwriting than on orchestration and production. On the other hand, it's also much more melodic than anything they've done before ?V and from that comes the misconception that it was commercial and 'pop' ?V and with the experience and maturity they've gained over their years with Eno, 'Little Creatures' is much more focused and intelligible than their early singles or 'Talking Heads '77'.
The focus of 'Little Creatures' is on the songs themselves ?V and they're all gems. Certainly more optimistic and bouncy than anything they've done before ?V Byrne is no longer dying to show the world how pissed off he is ?V the songs are still filled with Byrne's witty and sarcastic sense of humor, though the sarcasm is much more subtle than before. 'Television Man' and 'Give Me Back My Name' are songs that perhaps have more of the earlier Heads in them, but 'And She Was' is a perfect love song, and it's a joy, from the wonderful kick that starts off the song and the album. 'Creatures of Love', 'Walk It Down' and 'The Lady Don't Mind' are all gorgeous tunes with lovely lyrics courtesy of Mr. Byrne, and can be described only as intelligent pop ?V pop by definition but not by essence, as it's all melodic and cheerful, and yet far too intricate and subtle to ever truly become radio hits. 'Stay Up Late' ?V ironically, the only song on the album that ever got any real airtime ?V is the meanest and most sarcastic tune on the album, but like the others, it's all with a smile and a wink. 'Road to Nowhere' is the track that closes the album and is arguably the best ?V and also one of the best tracks the Heads have ever put out. It's a masterpiece from beginning to end, and like the rest of the album, it shows the Heads for the brilliant musicians they are better than any other of their albums, save maybe 'True Stories'.
It's easy to see why the Talking Heads' most fanatic fans might scoff at 'Little Creatures', but it's an inseparable part of their work and one of their best albums, that should not be missed. It might also be their most accessible, and I would recommend it for anyone who's after some good music ?V though I'd still suggest starting your Heads experience with the more intricate sounds of 'Stop Making Sense', which is a truly irresistible experience. The Heads' work can easily be divided into three parts ?V the first is represented by 'The Name of This Band is Talking Heads', now finally available on CD; the second, by 'Stop Making Sense'. 'Little Creatures' is the third, and you would be wise to give it a chance, or more than one....more info
- "Little Creatures": Memorable, great pop from 'Heads.
I actually came across this album a couple years ago, but at the time I only really payed attention to the big hit, "And She Was." Then I checked it out again, and realized that each of these songs is catchy and solid. Sure, it's not as quirky or goofy as moments in older releases, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have greatness. It does. The album especially has a good album-ending punch with "Television Man" and "Road to Nowhere." "Road" was actually pretty unconventional compared to the remainder of the album even though it was one of the hits from the album. And yes, David Byrne sings more mid-range here. He actually does sound British at points, like in the chorus of "Creatures of Love." Quirky lyrics like "I've seen sex and I think it's okay" and "I wanna make him stay up all night" make the album memorable. It may not be an elitist favorite but it still connects to younger people, including me, a fan who isn't even 20 yet....more info
- Pure pop perfection.
A long-time favourite of mine, "Little Creatures" is, and probably will remain, for me the finest slice of pure pop ever made. Though many would criticise the Talking Heads for doing away with much of the experimentation evident on their previous three studio albums ("Fear Of Music", "Remain In Light" and "Speaking In Tongues"), this stripping back allowed David Byrne's unque lyrical wit and great intelligence to come to the fore. Never before or since has pure pop been delivered with such hyperintelligent lyrics and sheer directness.
In addition, the sound quality was a big improvement on previous Talking Heads CDs - especially with "Speaking In Tongues", digital remastering of those is long overdue.
The opener "And She Was", a brilliantly-written tale of a woman who lost her way through drug problems, set the tone - reducing most of the instrumentation of "Stop Making Sense", Byrne was able to produce accessible music that always surprises the listener - like almost all great musicians. The gentle "Give Me Back My Name" and "Creatures Of Love" show David Byrne examining the paradoxes of life and human existence, and always questioning what most people find seemingly obvious ("Doctor, doctor, tell me what I am" being typical). "Lady Don't Mind" was a wonderful romantic tale in which Byrne always surprises the listener with his inability to describe a lover.
"Perfect World" and "Stay Up Late" moved a little toward the funky rhythms of previos albums, and Byrne was effortless once more in his tales of everyday family life, especially on the latter song, which was and remains the most wonderful description of a young child ever committed to disc. "Walk It Down" and "Television Man" took Byrne's lyrical genuis into much more serious terrain, and moved into even harder rhythms, with Chris Frantz rock-steady all though. "Road To Nowhere", the final song on the album, was less brittle but showed Byrne's wonderful sense of irony even more than the previous efforts, resulting in another worthy hit single.
"Little Creatures" has been scarcely ever rivalled as a slice of pure pop. A recording that one can listen to easily over and over without becoming tired, and a unique combination of accessibility and intelligence....more info
- "Casual" music lover?
I want to defend this album. In contrast to many of the other reviewers, I beleive that this album marked a positive turning point. I don't dance, so I don't like dance music. I'm not an artist, so I really don't appreciate "quirky" and avant garde. I guess some would call me a "casual music" lover. I love the melody, hooks, energy, and lyrics on this album. I loved Talking Heads' first two albums, but then they lost me until this release. Little Creatures marks a change in direction for Byrne that continued, while evolving, into his solo albums. This release, True Stories, and all of Byrne's solo releases are among my favorite albums in my collection. If you prefer John Lenon over Parliament, I believe you'll prefer this album over Remain In Light....more info
- Great, fun music
One of the better things to come out of the 80s. Although I have heard that this is not considered the best work the Talking Heads has ever done, it is intelligent enough to remain timeless, enjoyable enough to listen to anywhere, and sensible enough to speak to the everyday listener.
Give it a listen!...more info
- Riffs, Grooves and Rug Rats
To date (1985), Little Creatures is Talking Heads worst Post-Punk/New Wave album, and their best Pop album. I guess they decided to stop speaking in tongues, and start speaking in, gosh, "melody." For the first time, I can actually sing along to songs like `Little Creatures' and `Road To Nowhere.' The material is catchy (Television Man), bouncing (Perfect World), and funny (Stay Up Late). Surprisingly, the vocal choruses are "pretty" (And She Was, Creatures Of Love). The old "ever present" driving bass guitar rhythms are still here, and unless David Byrne hired a ringer, Tina Weymouth has never sounded more innovative (Give Me Back My Name, The Lady Doesn't Mind). `Give Me Back My Name' and `The Lady Don't Mind' are weird and spooky enough to remind me that I'm still listening to the Talking Heads, and not Hanson. And isn't the concept of `Little Creatures' (no, not spiders, but "kids") bizarre? The album answers the terrifying question, "What would happen if I let David Byrne babysit my 3-year old?" The answer - "I wanna make him stay up all night" (Stay Up Late). Talking Heads followers might say that the avant garde of riffs and grooves have "sold out." Bologna - what could be more subversive than playing with rug rats?...more info
- Hard To Really Disklike
I've gone back and rediscovered the brilliance that was Talking Heads now as a forty year old adult and found that I may have been wrong about "Little Creatures", which was actually the first of their albums I bought as a new release back in 1985; I had ignored "Stop Making Sense" when it was on the charts and had only become aware of the band the year before. Amusing anecdote is that "Little Creatures" was released the summer I was on a student exchange trip to Germany and the minute someone told me it had hit the stores I went out & found a copy on cassette, which I still have.
Back then things were different, and they were one of THE bands to follow in my group of artsy-musician urban angstmeisters. At the time I thought it was a pretty cool if unimaginative record & literally listened to it nonstop for a few weeks while traveling around Europe. When I got back to the states and would play the album for my buddies I was somewhat dismayed to hear their opinion that the band had "sold out", and amongst the hip, in-crowd the record very quickly fell out of favor even while it sold briskly to more mainstream listeners. But hearing the big songs (the annoying "And She Was" & "Road To Nowhere") out in the college bars suggested that by golly they HAD sold out, even if the music was still pretty decent.
Then came "True Stories" and it became clear that David Byrne had gone pop, and the rest of the band had gone with him. Boo hoo. "Wild Wild Life"'s success as a single was sort of the last straw and I more or less gave up on Talking Heads as a functioning unit until "Naked", by which time it was too late. By 1989 the group had stopped touring, split up for all intents & purposes, and I never even got to see them live. The disappointment is still tremendous.
One of the unfortunate after-effects of that disappointment was that I turned my back on Talking Heads' pop era -- to this day I have never owned my own copy of the "True Stories" album, even if I liked the movie -- and the greatest victim was probably "Little Creatures" which I literally could not stand for many, many years. Aside from the mind boggling 12 inch remix of "Lady Don't Mind" (which can be found on the newer UK import versions of the CD, the recommended version to buy) and the brilliant "Television Man", which has always been one of my favorite Talking Heads songs, listening to "Little Creatures" made my liver twitch. I put it away and did my best to forget about it for more than 20 years, managing to do a pretty good job it.
That's because listening to it now as a grown adult, and with the benefit of hindsight due to being able to look back at Talking Heads' ENTIRE career now in 2008 and after their being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2004), it's pretty clear that "Little Creatures" played a very important if misunderstood -- by me, at any rate -- role in their evolution from an edgy post punk art rock band into a cultural powerhouse who's music transcended mere considerations like genres or commercial appeal vs. underground aesthetic.
My opinion on the album now, 20 years after, is that it is actually a pretty decent record that just happens to have a couple of ultra-annoying songs. Specifically the opening "And She Was", as annoying of a pop single that has ever been heard, and "Creatures Of Love", a country flavored ode to getting laid on a regular basis & managing to find love at the same time, which is easily my choice for Most Awful Talking Heads Song Ever. I even managed to dislike "Road To Nowhere" while it was a popular favorite though I must say that there is something special going on in the song ... Perhaps a profound self realization that the band itself was on both a metaphoric and literal Road To Nowhere, and that it was probably time for them to end their association. Listening to it now sort of sends a chill down one's spine as David Byrne's lyrics sort of tell the story of how it all came crumbling down.
Other tracks however remain openly brilliant: "Television Man", "Lady Don't Mind", the creepy "Walk It Town", the disarmingly domesticated "Perfect World" and "Stay Up Late", even "Give Me Back My Name" which seems to be David Byrne asking for his privacy back after becoming a pop culture superstar. Come to think of it, that's the entire album, and even with the annoying cuts (as well as Byrne's lyrical fixation on having been domesticated by the love of his life, costume designer Adelle Lutz) are actually quite listenable compared to all the crap I had to put up with working in record stores for ten years. "Little Creatures" isn't Talking Heads' strongest hour, but weak Talking Heads is still better than 99.9% of the punk/rock/pop ever composed, so you can do a lot worse. It is a very difficult record to dislike & I recommend it without hesitation to anyone with an interest.
One subject that I see a lot of folks commenting on in regards to Talking Heads is trying to pick a "first CD" recommendation for young listeners who would like to find out what the fuss is all about with this band. While it was a commercial success I wouldn't choose "Little Creatures" but would nod towards either their early minimalist masterpiece "More Songs About Buildings And Food" or the critical heavyweight, "Speaking In Tongues", which really broke open the floodgates for them. "Little Creatures" is probably for later on once you've gotten used to David Byrne's histrionics and become comfortable with the band's sound. By then you'll also have a better feel for why it was so disappointing to fans at the time compared to that which came before it, even if now 20 years down the road it's sounding pretty good again.
- I'm back in High School!
I grew up with these timeless performers. It takes me back to happy times as a teen. ...more info
- talking heads deliver their first average album
Talking Heads' Little Creatures is the biggest disappointment in their entire catalog. While the album certainly appeals to newcomers due to the many hits ("And she was", "Road to Nowhere", "Stay up late"), a better first pick would be Remain in Light, or even Speaking in Tongues. Little Creatures doesn't hold a candle to these earlier masterpieces. The Heads' writing on this album sounds formulated, and lacks the appeal of most of their other albums. The artsy, intense punk of the first three albums is gone, and the organic funk of the following albums is missing as well. What replaces the appeal, however, is good musicianship. The Heads' ability has improved greatly on this album, especially on tracks like "Give me back my name" and "Perfect World". But the album is not a success because of mundane songs such as "Creatures of Love" and "Walk it down", on which precision is important, but the feeling is gone. Early Heads tunes such as "No Compassion" and "I'm not in love" succeed because of the feeling and general intensity. The songs on Little Creatures sound lackadaisical and forced. Except for "Road to Nowhere", which is available on the Talking Heads Popular Favorites compilation, this album has little to recommend it....more info
- A wrong turn for the Talking Heads.
What happened here? Having heard the masterpiece Remain in Light and the nearly as wonderful Speaking in Tongues, I was utterly shocked by their near-complete abandonment of the distinct and innovative sound they were building for themselves.
Granted, many of their lyrics actually look very good on paper (by the way, Radiohead fans, compare the liner notes to those for Hail to the Thief...I wonder if "Tchocky" was thinking of this album?). Nearly every one of them has clever turns of phrase, interesting points to ponder, such as "Creatures of Love", "Television Man"...although about "Stay Up Late", all I'll say about that one is, I do NOT want to know. However, the way they're put into music is singularly unimpressive. What happened to the basslines and melodies that defy all common sense, yet still manage to sound good? What happened to the Middle Eastern/African influences? And that synth imitation of a Rhodes should have been banned from the studio (although I must give credit to the Hammond player). Furthermore...although I initially had problems getting used to them, where are David Byrne's quirky vocals and strange noises (other than somewhat on "Television Man", perhaps the only remarkable song on the album)? This bland style simply doesn't suit him.
All in all, this is an album made up of songs that could have sounded good--if the music had approached the level of the lyrics (which save the album from a 1-star, no-merit review). I will not even be giving this CD my customary three listens for it to prove itself...this one is going immediately for trade-in....more info
- My Favorite Talking Headys CD.
Good CD. Brings back memories of my college years in the 80's. The Talking Heads are a very unique band whose style compares with no other band....more info
- Decent, but lacking an edge.
After their debut album, the Talking Heads began building music of excess-- extra musicians, layered instrumental arrangement, polyrhythms, and so on, driven on by David Byrne's sort of all-accepting view of music and in part fueled by Brian Eno's production wizardry. After an album that was more electronic then organic ("Speaking in Tongues"), the Talking Heads did a complete about face with "Little Creatures", presenting an album of essentially stripped down pop music.
Now granted, stripped down pop is not a bad thing-- it's just that the band appears to have surrendered their edge along with their heavy production. While the music manages to reclaim a bit of that timeless quality that made the first four Talking Heads albums so great, the music is lacking. From my perspective, I suspect it's because it's a lot more restrained-- the instrumental arrangements are a lot less edgy and Byrne's vocals fall in a comfortable middle range tenor rather than his usual higher, tense vocal.
Truthfully, none of it is BAD-- it's all pretty enough pop music ("Perfect World"), and the reflections on children on sweet and often quite clever-- albeit goofy ("Creatures of Love", "Stay Up Late"), and certainly there's no question that opener "And She Was" was destined to be a hit-- it's a great piece with a fantastic hook and a great vocal harmony on the chorus. It's just that most of the pieces are pretty much undistinguished ("Walk it Down"), and the Talking Heads were never about undistinguished songs.
This album, along with the rest of the band's catalog, was just released in dualdisc format. The remastering makes that version far more desirable as it sounds fantastic and is worth the extra cost.
Trutfully, had a band other than Talking Heads put this out, I'd probably rate this higher, but the bar was set pretty high by "Fear of Music" and "Remain in Light"....more info
- pop TH is tasty
I can't imagine why other TH fans don't love this album as much as I do. From the cover by Rev. Howard Finster to the classic "Walk It Down," the "Little Creatures" album is everything it should be. Irony lives....more info
- The worst Talking Heads album
After three good albums (Talking Heads '77, More Songs about Buildings and Food, Speaking in Tongues) and two masterpieces (Fear of Music, Remain in Light) Talking Heads released their worst album. It starts quite well with And She Was but then there are some really awful songs like Creatures of Love. Most of the music is quite listenable but the lyrics aren't. It's strange that such a great lyricist as David Byrne could write something like this. After this album they released True Stories which was quite good and Naked which was excellent....more info
- The 'domestic' album
This album, after the dizzying rush from their second thru their fifth, is somewhat of a subdued affair. But it deals so handily with issues that hit closer to the listener that the low-key-ness of it seems appropriate. On here, David Byrne turns his lyrics back toward everyday observations, albeit ones which often have a wry, weird, altered twist to them. The band's sound turns away from the complexities of their multi-ethnic sound of the previous few releases to embrace elements of country and gospel, as well as straightforward pop music. Unfortunately, a couple of the tracks here really start to seem like 'filler', whereas before, there were virtually no unimportant tracks on Talking Heads albums from "Fear of Music" thru "Speaking in Tongues". Still, a satisfying collection nonetheless, one which has a wonderful sing-along appeal, especially with the closer "Road to Nowhere"....more info
- The begining of the END...pop goes the weasel
As a true fans of the Heads since their inception, I bought every album up until this...LITTLE CREATURES...sure, I bought it like the rest, but this is one I don't play much anymore - why? It's clear from Byrne and Co's taste of success with BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE and others on early MTV, they all-but abandoned the brilliant exploration of REMAIN IN LIGHT to crossover onto MTV/Pop/Adult Contemporary playlists - sure, these songs may be "cute" and even a bit "clever," but most now sound utterly too cloying for their own good - this is the sounds of the Heads losing their "funk" and gathering moss. After this, all the albums just...plain...SUCKED....more info
- Very Good
This album went platinum in 1985 and it's easy to see why. Talking Heads scored four radio hits with this album ("Stay Up Late", "And She Was", "Road to Nowhere", "The Lady Don't Mind") All of these songs are worth hearing and are Talking Heads landmarks. (Oddly enough, "The Lady Don't Mind" is not included on Sand in the Vaseline) This album has other charms beyond that as well. If you're a fan, it's a must-have. If you're more casual, this is still a pretty safe buy, but you might want to try and give it a listen first....more info
- A kinder, gentler Talking Heads
By the time Little Creatures was released, Talking Heads were pretty much a household name. With the success of songs like Burning Down The House and the Stop Making Sense movie, the Heads had been propelled into the spotlight.
David Byrne's quirky demeanor, slightly skewed lyrical style, and the Heads' forays into world-music are a great combination that came together to provide us with a wonderfully crafted album of not-average-but-still pop.
The pop influence was evident in Speaking In Tongues, but definitely takes a front seat here. That's not to say this isn't a great Talking Heads album. It is. It may be their last truly great album. There's no I Zimbra here, no Seen and Not Seen. This isn't the same Heads music that broke new ground several years ago. It is, however, the cream of the crop as far as pop music in the mid '80s goes. There are some great songs here, even in addition to the already well-known "Road To Nowhere" and "And She Was". Check out "Perfect World" and "Walk It Down".
If you want a recommendation on some great Talking Heads music, check out Fear of Music or Remain In Light. If, on the other hand, you're looking for some great '80s pop music with a bit of a twist, by all means pick up Little Creatures....more info
- Talking Heads go pop -- good!
I adore Remain In Light, enjoy Speaking In Tongues, love Psycho Killer. But LITTLE CREATURES is my favourite Heads album. I know many Heads' fans don't, because LC doesn't sound like anything else they ever did. It's melodic, bouncy, bright and optimistic. Little Creatures is like the Velvets' LOADED, a pop record made by an avant-rock band.
Reportedly, David Byrne was in love (with Adelle Lutz) when he composed these tunes. That's evident from the get-go. And She Was kicks off the album on a note of joy and energy, not dark brooding like Burning Down The House. From there, the record detours into kids & family (Creatures of Love, Stay Up Late) and more love (the wonderful The Lady Don't Mind).
The hooks are catchy and the harmonies are delicious. Further, every song moves. You can dance to this. There's no filler. The sequencing is smart -- the record is assembled like one unified piece.
LITTLE CREATURES isn't everyone's cup of tea, but who says a band has to sound the same on every album?...more info
- It might as well be a greatest hits album
My main music interest is heavy metal and I'm an 18 year old. I first got this album when I was 10 and fell in love with it. I still listen to it from beginning to end. "Road To Nowhere" is one of the best songs I've ever heard. From any band! The Talking Heads' unique style of music really shines through. Each track makes you appreciate music to the fullest. Get this!...more info
- Take you there Take you there
I am instantly transported back to 1985. Snappy intelligent pop from a great band....more info
- Eclectic, poignant and it began my musical appreciation
Little Creatures was an album a friend of mine who ran a record store in the 80's in Newport, Rhode Island, gave to me when I was first discovering the magic of Mike Stipe. I was into very different styles of music, but knew about Talking Heads during its heydey days at CBGB's and their connection at RISD. David Byrne was a voice of his generation. I was very young when I first heard 'Little Creatures'. My friends laughed at me, as at that time Beastie Boys were the towering inferno of adolescence. 'And She Was' and 'Road To Nowhere' I would belt out in my room to screams from my mother to turn that blasted, awful, talentless music off. :)
There is just something whimsically magical, and almost ambient about Little Creatures and the voice of Byrne. It's music that seems to fit into every situation, which is why so many directors, including Stone, has used their music in scenes which called for something that indeed isn't smashing rock and roll, and too soft to be called Byrne.
Really a fantastic album, by one of the greatest bands ever.
- The Talking Heads Between Pop and Punk
"Little Creatures" is one of my favorite Talking Heads CD, not because it's so much better than the others, but because it is so different. Its catchy melodies and lyrics edge the group closer to a pop sound than the punk roots that gave us "Psycho Killer" and "The Book I Read." The hilarious inanity of earlier albums is downplayed here for a more mature, though hardly serious, take on life. It addresses the lives of their fans as they grew older with the Heads--having children, jobs, and lives that still did not make complete sense. "Creatures of Love" has a twang reminiscent of country western music, but with Byrne singing, it becomes mournful; the lyrics talk of having children: "Little creature of love/With two arms and two legs/From a moment of passion/Now they cover the bed." The catchy "Stay Up Late," a song about two kids who want desperately to wake up their baby sibling to "make him stay up all night," portrays exactly the opposite of what parents would want. "The Road to Nowhere" begins with the melodic strains of a chorus, then shifts into an electronic beat as the Heads reflect on lives that are not quite working out. This CD is a must-have for all Talking Heads fan, even those who prefer the New Wave and African-influenced albums. -- Debbie Lee Wesselmann...more info
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