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Released: July 14, 1978


Rating: 4.288 (average of 9 ratings)


Genre: new wave


Quotable: --


Album Tracks:

  1. Thank You for Sending Me an Angel
  2. With Our Love
  3. The Good Thing
  4. Warning Sign
  5. The Girls Want to Be with the Girls
  6. Found a Job
  7. Artists Only
  8. I’m Not in Love
  9. Stay Hungry
  10. Take Me to the River
  11. The Big Country


Sales:

sales in U.S. only ½ million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated ½ million


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 29
peak on U.K. album chart 21


Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Take Me to the River (11/4/78) #26 US


Notes: --


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.


More Songs about Buildings and Food
Talking Heads
Review:
“The title of Talking Heads’ second album, More Songs About Buildings and Food, slyly addressed the sophomore record syndrome, in which songs not used on a first LP are mixed with hastily written new material. If the band’s sound seems more conventional, the reason simply may be that one had encountered the odd song structures, staccato rhythms, strained vocals, and impressionistic lyrics once before” (Ruhlmann).

“Another was that new co-producer Brian Eno brought a musical unity that tied the album together, especially in terms of the rhythm section, the sequencing, the pacing, and the mixing. Where Talking Heads had largely been about David Byrne’s voice and words, Eno moved the emphasis to the bass-and-drums team of Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz; all the songs were danceable, and there were only short breaks between them” (Ruhlmann).

“Byrne held his own, however, and he continued to explore the eccentric, if not demented persona first heard on 77, whether he was adding to his observations on boys and girls or turning his ‘Psycho Killer’ into an artist in Artists Only” (Ruhlmann).

“Through the first nine tracks, More Songs was the successor to 77, which would not have earned it landmark status or made it the commercial breakthrough it became. It was the last two songs that pushed the album over those hurdles. First there was an inspired cover of Al Green’s Take Me to the River; released as a single, it made the Top 40 and pushed the album to gold-record status” (Ruhlmann).

“Second was the album closer, The Big Country, Byrne’s country-tinged reflection on flying over middle America; it crystallized his artist-vs.-ordinary people perspective in unusually direct and dismissive terms, turning the old Chuck Berry patriotic travelogue theme of rock & roll on its head and employing a great hook in the process” (Ruhlmann).


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previous album: 77 (1977) next album: Fear of Music (1979)


Last updated May 10, 2008.