Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense ★★★★★

Among all of its other virtues, this is incredibly well paced. You would think that it would be difficult to start on such a high note as Psycho Killer and keep ratcheting up, but, by slowly adding band members over the course of the first few songs, it continually manages to escalate to greater heights from there. The energy level builds with such momentum that before you know it you’re completely sucked in to the experience. Plus it is filled with strange and entertaining sequences of David Byrne doing bizarre things (shocking I know) like dancing with a lamp or wearing comically oversized clothes. It isn’t just an audio treat for those who like the music of the talking heads, Jonathan Demme finds ways to keep it visually interesting throughout as well. Byrne is a truly unique talent and Demme captures the strange energy he puts forth into the universe perfectly. There’s really not much else you could want from a concert documentary.

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