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Radiohead Vs. Talk Talk

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Poll Question: Which band do you prefer?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jude111 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 01 2013 at 20:20
I just looked up the Trouser Press' reviews of Talk Talk. (Trouser Press was the leading critical publication of the late 70s and 80s for alternative music, punk, synth and new wave music, etc.):
 
"Talk Talk's first album is slick, professional and lifeless, sounding as though it were programmed by British record company execs to be a synth-rock Foreigner. The London group earned some early comparisons to Duran Duran thanks to their double name... But Talk Talk lacked Duran's panache. Songs by singer/keyboard player Mark Hollis...  are full of melodramatic angst and amateurish lyrics; his epic delivery is suitable but not overly appealing....
 
"Things took a turn for the better on It's My Life, although Talk Talk still hadn't become an essential component of modern culture. While the title song wins the 1984 Roxy Music soundalike award, other synth-powered dance tracks like "Dum Dum Girl" reveal Hollis to be a truly mixed-up vocalist. Still, the band's creative future looked promising.

"Bad bet. Except for "Life's What You Make It" and a gritty guitar solo on "I Don't Believe in You," the first side of The Colour of Spring is gruelingly slow and soporific; Side Two is sporadically more energetic, but the languid pacing still makes it an endurance challenge. ...

"Spirit of Eden continues the trio's perverse slide towards silent inertia. The album's six long tracks which seem to begin and end at random drift along at near-subliminal volume, with very little song structure and almost no audible signs of life. Tasteful understatement is one thing, but the delicate shadings a choir, horns, reeds and Hollis' ginger singing in this musical cipher don't even create any tangible atmosphere..."
 
They didn't even bother reviewing the last album, LAUGHING STOCK!!! Hahaha. And so it goes. This was the general concensus on Talk Talk till very recently.
 


Edited by jude111 - February 01 2013 at 20:26
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Quiet One Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 01 2013 at 20:35
Radiohead for OK Computer (brilliant rock mixture), The Bends (fine British 90s rock), Kid A and Amnesiac (experimental, electronic, ambient, really awesome), In Rainbows (a bit more down-to-earth with some classics) and King of Limbs (minimalistic "electronic" rock, though not all songs are brilliant).

Talk Talk still has Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock which are excellent.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Nov Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 02 2013 at 05:52
Originally posted by jude111 jude111 wrote:

And so it goes. This was the general concensus on Talk Talk till very recently.
Only on "trouser press" - whatever that is and I don't give a sh1t what one supposedly trendy web-site says about Talk Talk.

This is just the kind of bollox I had to endure from the music press about Genesis back in the 70s and 80s. Trendy idiots with daft haircuts making non-sensical comments about music they haven't the intelligence to understand.

Those comments about The Colour of Spring are so wide of the mark that it renders them worthless.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jude111 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 02 2013 at 10:11

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Edited by jude111 - January 17 2015 at 10:25
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DisgruntledPorcupine Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 02 2013 at 13:08
I really don't like The Colour of Spring. It's probably my least favourite Talk Talk album. But if you asked me why I wouldn't be able to tell you. I just wish I was listening to something else every time I put it on.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Snoopy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 17 2015 at 10:03
Talk Talk miles away! (Eden, Laughing Stock, Pieces und Mark Hollis solo album)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chrijom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 17 2015 at 12:28
Glad to see TT winning at the mo' - can't stand Radiohead.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Xonty Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 18 2015 at 08:14
Talk Talk any day. OK Computer doesn't really touch me like Laughing Stock or Spirit Of Eden (but Paranoid Android is incredible). All the other Radiohead albums, I've never made it all the way through - doesn't excite me at all.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote micky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 18 2015 at 08:17
man that is a tough one. What I love from Talk Talk I do far more than anything from Radiohead, but I do love more of what Radiohead did.

f**k it...  Talk Talk it is.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote proggman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 19 2015 at 00:13

Talk Talk.

On a crystal morning I can see the dewdrops falling.
Down from a gleaming heaven, I can hear the voices call.
When you comin' home now, son, the World is not for you.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Bearded Bard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 19 2015 at 09:55
Talk Talk
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote becksinski Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 19 2015 at 10:01
"Spirit of Eden" for me one of the five best records of all time!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Barbu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 21 2015 at 13:15
Radiohead
Excuse-moi d'casser ton fun mais j'me cherche une rime pour automne
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Polymorphia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 21 2015 at 14:44
The Radioheads
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ProgVoyager Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 24 2015 at 14:14
Radiohead..my early favourite.
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