Metascore
93

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. A caterwauling hunk of avant-garde precision.
  2. The second disc... is the sound of a band at the height of its powers, employing a ten-piece band and backup singers, and exhibiting an absolute mastery of its material.
  3. This is no cynical cash-in; every new track adds gestalt to an album which in its original incarnation was pretty damn great to begin with.
  4. The result is both the best career-spanning snapshot of and single-purchase introduction to Talking Heads-- odd accolades for a live record-- and a treat for longtime fans.
  5. The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads is not only a vital document of an important, groundbreaking band on their way up, it's one of their best albums, easily surpassing Stop Making Sense.
  6. A terrific and long-overdue reissue that's sure to satiate established fans as well as the new converts it hopes to earn.
  7. 100
    Terrifically thorough. [Nov 2004, p.131]
  8. 80
    It's too taxing for the less intense of the band's admirers. [Nov 2004, p.127]
  9. 80
    The momentous band [on the 1980-81 disc] stretches out and jams, both celebrating and escaping the band's trademark anxiety. [Sep 2004, p.158]
  10. In the 1977-79 half of Name, nearly every song beats the studio version. But the 1980-81 disc is the prize, as the Heads take their lofty concepts to the stage with a ten-piece band. [2 Sep 2004, p.147]
  11. Captures the punk attitude, brittle R&B vamps, and quirky lyrical trips of their early years. [20/27 Aug 2004, p.123]
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 35
  3. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Jul 25, 2013
    10
    This record is everything that is great about Talkin Gheads. Fantastic performances and great stage banter transport the listener back to the good old days of the lat 1970's and early 1980's. Full Review »
  2. Jun 6, 2012
    7
    As live albums go it's really good and if youâ
  3. Mar 24, 2012
    10
    Most of the songs on here will equal, if not exceed, the original album songs themselves. A must-have live album--I personally prefer this TH live album over "Stop Making Sense". Full Review »