Saturday, July 19, 2008

Heaven Week: Heaven

Talking Heads: Heaven


I'm sure most of you are aware that the new Coldplay album sounds a little different for them. That's because the band is now working with producer Brian Eno. Eno's presence on a project always changes things, sometimes drastically.

My first awareness of Brian Eno came from his work with Talking Heads, starting with the album Fear of Music. Here was a band whose sound, up to that point, could be summed up in two words: "Psycho Killer".

All of a sudden, the sound took a dramatic lurch into uncharted waters. "Cities" and "Life During Wartime" were great songs, but they sounded like nothing that had come before, After the following album, "Remain in Light", the members of Talking Heads took a break to pursue solo projects. When they regrouped, Brian Eno was gone, but there were creative tensions in the band that had not been there before, and eventually the band broke up. But, for a brief time, the music they made was amazing. "Heaven", indeed.

If this account is worrisome to any Coldplay fans out there, let me reassure you. Eno went on to produce U2, with no apparent ill effects.

Submitted by Darius

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