These are Talking Heads' studio albums, together with snippets from my lengthier reviews (which can be accessed by clicking here) :-
From New York’s CBGB’s punk scene came a surprising oddity - the quirky, post punk before punk had barely begun, band of somewhat dull earnest middle-class studenty-types led by a hyper-active nerdy, oddball lead singer in David Byrne. This was Talking Heads. The like of them had not been seen or heard before - jangly sometimes funky guitars, a solid bass and drum beat, sudden changes of pace, jerky riffs and Byrne’s manic, often unsettling vocal delivery. Nobody knew quite what to make of them. They helped to kill off punk’s anger almost immediately - their music and lyrics were thoughtful and cerebral, not destructive, although they were often downright weird. The times were a-changing already. In many ways they inspired many a post punk band. Their clean-cut, short-haired appearance was de rigeur in these anti-typical rock days and similarly influential. Jonathan Richman had been looking like that since 1972, though, it has to be said.
More Songs About Buildings And Food (1978)
This, Talking Heads' second album, was somewhat similar in style and conception to the band’s well-received debut album from the year before, but with subtle differences. There was a slightly more perceivable danceability to the music compared to the starkness of the debut album. Bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz are more to the fore. Notably, ex Roxy Music member Brian Eno was now the producer. While all these tracks bear hallmarks of the sound developed on the first album they also feel fuller, bassier and more rhythmic. The first nine tracks could all have appeared on the first album but it was on the final two tracks that we saw the band beginning to diversify more than just a little, particularly in their covering a slick, soul classic such as Take Me To The River, which took them away from niche, cult band territory and set the tone for the next album, which would prove to be a ground-breaker.