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LAUGHING STOCK

Talk Talk

 

Crossover Prog

3.95 | 182 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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4 stars I've heard very few albums accomplish what Talk Talk does here so easily, and with so delicate a palette of sounds. "Laughing Stock" is like the collective souls of artists and lovers laid bare; breathlessly beautiful and elegant, its minimalist and occasionally rousing songs paint a mood which will strike to the listener's spirit.

Largely instrumental, the ephemeral structure of these songs will challenge many listeners, but it is never, ever boring. "Laughing Stock" doesn't follow the template of most contemporary post-rock groups, but instead explores the open space, pulling out emotions through a variety in instrumentation and effects which often times feel improvised. "Experimental" could describe it, but "artistic" would be more apt. Mellow rock beats sometimes appear to fill the space, punctuating the soundscapes with memorable landmarks along the way. Hollis' sparse vocals are unique and soulful, fitting into the melancholy tapestry excellently. The whole effect is a wonderfully understated and engaging meditation. Highly recommended for anyone seeking something emotive, creative, and fragile; this album sets the mood wonderfully.

Songwriting: 3 Instrumental Performances: 4 Lyrics/Vocals: 4 Style/Emotion/Replay: 5

Prog Leviathan | 4/5 |

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