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Talk Talk


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5 stars Sublime!

Not everything is bad these quarantine times, if music is present, we are almost automatically healed. My roomate and I have been enjoying our weekends watching full concerts of bands we love, si I had the idea of watching once again this epic, sublime and beautiful Talk Talk concert, after so many years in oblivion.

Talk Talk was an amazing band, Mark Hollis' voice one of a kind, one of my favorite ever, his passing last year made me feel so fragile, but well, he retired from music ages ago, which was a pity. Though I discovered this band with their last two albums, those enigmatic, experimental and post-rock oriented ones, my love for their previous stuff grew up with the years, and now I can say I practically adore each and every of their albums.

Montreux is also known for its epic festivals, bands and artists use to offer magnificent concerts there, and with Talk Talk there was no exception. Since the very first minutes we are trapped with its legendary title-track. "Talk Talk", with a superb 8-musicians line-up, Hollis, Webb, Harris and co., offered a heartfelt, delicious and classy concert. You can tell it by people's faces, they look so happy and crushed by the music, and of course, by Hollis' presence, because his voice is so deep, his amazing vocal range covered any kind of notes, and each note transmitted a diversity of emotions.

The addition of percussion gave a more vivid sound on stage, it was a wise decision, so in moments they were a highlight, in others perfectly worked as background, reminding me a bit of Talking Heads or even Roxy Music. Paul Webb's bass sound is amazing, he also helped with backing vocals, but I would like to highlight his importance not only in this live show, but in Talk Talk's history, because without his creativity, the essence of the band would have been lost. You just have to listen to some wonderful songs (some real hits) like "Dum Dum Girl, "My Foolish Friend" or the famous "It's My Life".

While watching it once again, I felt goosebumps, to witness Mark Hollis' voice and his always passionate performances made me feel completely emotional. "Living in Another World" is one of my favorite songs from the band, but it is also one of the best moments of this Montreux show, so to watch it again and remember its greatness made me feel truly happy. I think there are no weak moments in this show, but I would say "Does Caroline Know", "Give it Up" were also highlights.

The best thing is that when you think the band gave all their hits and all their emotions, they choose the disarming "Renee" to end the show. Whoa, what a performance, truly emotional once again, and the band really professional, what they shared on stage was wonderfully adopted by the audience, but also by us, the ones who watch the show.

Beautiful, a masterpiece! Long live Talk Talk.

memowakeman | 5/5 |


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