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    Posted: January 24 2013 at 04:46
On my search for new bands, I came across this little band called Talk Talk. Being younger than most (I was born the year that their first album came out), I can't really say I knew any of their songs, but I downloaded their whole discography.

The first two New Wave/pop albums are good, but the last three are superb. Especially Laughing Stock; this album is beauty on a whole different level. I am not sure if they would classify as straight up prog, but they do classify as some of the best musicians and songwriters I've ever heard.

Ranking the albums:

1. Laughing Stock
2. Spirit Of Eden
3. It's My Life
4. The Colour Of Spring
5. The Party's Over

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Great band, amazing transformation from the synth-pop band I once saw supporting Duran Duran. "Spirit of Eden" is quite possibly the best album ever made.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ady Cardiac Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 24 2013 at 07:17
Spirit of eden is my favorite album of all time......yeah i still love the synthy sound from the eighties but not as much as color of spring onwards......also Mark Hollis did release 1 solo album before he split the music scene completly.....worth getting as its a nice add on to the last 2 albums.......also recently a double CD cover album came out called "the spirit of talk talk" which is also worth a look too.Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote kenethlevine Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 24 2013 at 08:18
I was intrigued by their move from commercial new wave success into prog obscurity, so I checked out a few of their albums on spotify.  Definitely interesting.  I plan to review one of them soon.  Probably Spirit of Eden
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Don't forget the offshoot project O'Rang. Their only album 'Herd of Instinct'.   Which is where the band HOI got their name.
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Love Talk Talk,and I think their brilliant The Colour of Spring album is one of the best pop albums ever made.

To the topic creator,you need to check out XTC.


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Everyone should check out XTC
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I remember when the Colour of Spring came out, it threw me for a loop because they'd ditched most of the synthesizers and gotten just a wee bit jazzy. Still didn't prepare me for Spirit of Eden, one of the biggest "musical shocks" of its time. I liked it right away, even if i still didn't really get what they were doing. A lot of their fand ditched them at that point, and everyone else just ignored it. Years later I heard about "post rock" and was glad to see that album finally getting respect it deserved.
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And ditto about XTC. Lots to enjoy there.
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Really liked " Life's what you make it " when it first came out.

Mainly on the back of this I bought their best of "Natural History" which had mainly their more poppy hits but also a few tracks from The Colour of Spring ( including Lifes what you make it"
 
Must confess I kinda didnt pay much attention to the other  newer tracks back then
 
However, its only been in the last few years that I have really discovered the last three Talk Talk albums, together with the Mark Hollis one and only solo effort.
 
Great stuff particularly if you want to chill .
 
Highly recommended
 
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Check out the Live in Montreux DVD, pop with serious prog tendencies ! Amazing performance by all the members but Hollis (wow!) 
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^^ may well do that. thanks
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For some reason I really do not like The Colour of Spring. Their last two albums are perfect, though.
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Laughing Stock is in my top 10 all-time faves. It's My Life is their worst album IMHO, despite featuring a stellar title track.
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No Doubt-It's My Life
“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
― George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four

"Ignorance and Prejudice and Fear walk Hand in Hand"- Neil Peart

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I thought No Doubt did a pretty good job with that song.  Nothing beats the original, of course.
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like i say.....the "spirit of talk talk" double CD of covers is a must......check out this outstanding version of after the flood....played this when i DJ'ed the other week......got away with it as well.....
 
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Originally posted by HolyMoly HolyMoly wrote:

I thought No Doubt did a pretty good job with that song.  Nothing beats the original, of course.


No Doubt kicks ass
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In your love of late Talk Talk, I advise you to check the following albums :
- Eyeless In Gaza - Rust Red September
- The Blue Nile - Hats
- Spoonfed Hybrid - s/t
- David Sylvian - Secrets Of the Beehive
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