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Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense

Andy Gill, MOJO, October 1999

WITH AN additional six songs bulking out the 10 featured on the original vinyl album, this is the first version of the Stop Making Sense soundtrack that exactly matches the set in the film. To be honest, it's difficult to understand why some songs were left off the original release in the first place (a bafflement shared, in retrospect, by David Byrne himself). 'This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)', for instance, is certainly one of the best performances of the show, possibly the very best, bringing as it does a contemplative break from the more agitated proceedings tat surround it. Contrastingly, the Tom Tom Club's anachronistic 'Genius Of Love', whatever its perky merits, seems less vital an inclusion than it might have decade ago – although it did, of course, allow Byrne the time to nip off-stage and slip into something a little more comfortable, to wit the big, boxy suit in which one returns avow the superiority of his girlfriend and instruct us to "stop making sense".

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