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Talking Heads' last proper studio album before their protracted breakup finds them returning to the dynamic that produced their best work, with inspired results. As swan songs go, Naked proves to be a pretty good one: Alternately serious and playful, it once again allows frontman David Byrne to worry about the government, the environment, and the plight of the working man as it frees up the rest of the band to trade instruments and work with guest musicians. It's closest in spirit to Remain in Light -- arguably too close: The first side is a collection of funky, syncopated, almost danceable tunes; the second, a murky, darkly philosophical rumination on identity and human nature. The major difference is a Latin influence replacing Light's African rhythm experimentation, most evident on the album openers "Blind" and "Mr. Jones," as well as in drummer Chris Frantz's decision to use brushes and softer percussion instruments (as opposed the big beat sound he offered up on Little Creatures and True Stories). With the venerable Steve Lillywhite behind the boards and such luminaries as Johnny Marr, Kirsty MacColl, and Yves N'Djock punctuating the credits, the album sounds technically perfect, but there's little of the loose, live feel the band achieved with former mentor Brian Eno. It's quite a feat to pull of a late-career album as ambitious as Naked, and the Heads do so with style and vitality. But no matter how much the liner notes may boast of free-form invention and boundless creativity, the album's elegiac, airtight tone betrays the sound of four musicians growing tired of the limits they've imposed on one another.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2009
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 5099930869721
catalogNumber: 3086972
Rank: 26403

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Talking Heads   Primary Artist
Wally Badarou   Keyboards
Mory Kanté   Kora
David Byrne   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Harrison   Piano,Keyboards,Marimbas,Hammond Organ
Robin Eubanks   Trombone
Charlie Sepulveda   Trumpet
Manolo Badrena   Percussion,Conga,Bells
Don Brooks   Harmonica
Moussa Cissokho   Percussion
James Fearnley   Accordion
Angel Fernandez   Trumpet
Chris Frantz   Drums
Laurie Frink   Trumpet
Mitch Frohman   Alto Saxophone
Earl Gardner   Trumpet
Stan Harrison   Alto Saxophone
Abdou M'Boup   Conga,Drums,Bells
Johnny Marr   Guitar
Yves N'Djock   Guitar
Lenny Pickett   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Porcelli   Alto Saxophone
Dale Turk   Trombone
Brice Wassy   Percussion,Maracas
Tina Weymouth   Flute,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
José Jerez   Trumpet
Acosta   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Elfon   Baritone Saxophone
Nino Gioia   Percussion
Steve Gluzband   Trumpet
Steve Sachs   Baritone Saxophone
Philippe Servain   Accordion

Technical Credits

David Byrne   Artwork
Talking Heads   Producer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Richard Manwaring   Engineer
M&Co.   Cover Design
Paula Wright   Artwork

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