Talking Heads More Songs About Buildings And Food (Sire Records) Decades before David Byrne ventured down Brazilian byways in search of world music to produce, he defined art-rock, a labelling that now seems a euphemism for aurally impaired, pompous sounds. The album's title is a satire on the lyricising of off-beat topics for which Byrne created equally eccentric music. Drawing influence from the New Wave/Punk movements coming out of New York club CBGBs (along with the Ramones and Deborah Harry), there's expertly timed stop-starts, unusual chord changes, a raving rhythm guitar and Byrne's vocals that sound more like the voice in his head - his quick-silver larynx often off-key, ranting, quietly confiding, nonsensical. With intuitive emotional pacing, the album opens with Thank You For Sending Me An Angel, a drum-marching beat that operatically builds into spiky punk numbers like Found A Job, each one full of nervous energy, like Byrne straining at the buckles of a straightjacket. So when we arrive at the penultimate Take Me To The River, the album's only commercial concession and an Al Green cover, the languid baseline and keyboards feel tranquilising. The closing track, Big Country, is characterised by a sprawling, sentimental steel guitar which has Byrne looking out of a plane over suburbs and farmlands of America. 'I wouldn't live there if you paid me', he sings, yet he's 'tired of travelling, wants to be somewhere'. Certainly, he's proven his quirky world is more than quixotic because this talking head's superb compositions proved talk is indeed cheap.