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Talk Talk


Crossover Prog

2.81 | 107 ratings

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2 stars Do we have to comment an album for its music of for its proggyness? In the second case, let's start saying that this album doesn't contain anything even remotely progressive. Imagine Bryan FERRY singing with ULTRAVOX and you'll have an idea. Well, we have JAPAN on this site which despite having been home of David SYLVIAN were even less progressive than TALK TALK. So is it a prog album? No. Should it be for this release only, I wouldn't understand why this band is featured here. Surprisingly their last two albums deserved them a place, and it's only thanks to PA if I happened to listen to them.

Is this a bad album? Surely not. It's a standardized 80s sound, but there are some musical ideas (and I confess I like Ultravox enough), This doesn't mean that it's bad. When they don't think to make danceable music, like in "The Party's Over", they are quite enjoyable. And if you aren't looking for prog, this can be a nice background to your activity.

There's some fretless bass on "Hate", but it was normal in the 80s. Two years after this album CAMEL's Stationary Traveller will have plenty of fretless. The choir has also a strange similarity with BOWIE's "Labyrinth" .

I think the worst aspect of music in the 80s was the "search for modern sound", as they were actually used to call it, but it resulted in an excessive standardization: Yamaha DX7, Fretless Bass, Drone or just electronic Drums and deep voice in David BOWIE's style. The Talk Talk debut doesn't miss any of those aspects.

This album is on PA only because the band later released something more in line with the site's requirements. If you are looking for prog, this is the wrong album.

Not bad anyway.

octopus-4 | 2/5 |


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