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Wondering Sound JANUARY 11, 2010 - by Douglas Wolk
TALKING HEADS: MORE SONGS ABOUT BUILDINGS AND FOOD
A transitional album full of juicy hints about the future
On their second album, Talking Heads began their fruitful three-year alliance with producer/auxiliary member Brian Eno, whose experimental techniques weren't yet fully integrated into the band. It's a transitional record - David Byrne's still wrestling with the conventions of pop songs, and still sarcastic enough to write lines like "ooh girl, you can initiate an impulse of love." But the album's also full of juicy hints at what the band was about to become, like the funk riffing of Found A Job. Best of all, there's the Heads' first Top 30 single: Take Me To The River, a sinuous cover of Al Green's soulful classic on which Byrne's tremulous, bobbing-Adam's-apple performance signifies not sanctified grace but an outsider's longing for it.