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Talk Talk


Crossover Prog

3.15 | 130 ratings

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2 stars The second album from Talk Talk was a jump forward in the bands career and sound. The compositions are a bit stronger than on the debut, but the music is still synth pop in the vein of Depeche Mode and New Order. The prog rock leanings would first start on the third album The Colour of Spring. Wether you like this kind of music or not, itīs hard not to be fascinated by the profesionalism that Talk Talk showcases here. The compositions are good and the melancholic vocals from Mark Hollis begins to be defining for the sound of Talk Talk.

Songs like Dum Dum Girl and Such a Shame and Itīs My Life are instantly recognizable and hit material in my ears. I know this is a naughty word to prog heads but in this case itīs what I think the debut lacked. There were simply not enough memorable songs on that one.

I have to note the very beautiful cover art which would suggest that this is a neo prog band, but donīt be fooled. This is eighties synth pop with a melancholic mood and it has nothing to do with prog rock.

All in all a very enjoyable album, which I can only give 2 stars though as it has almost nothing to do with prog rock. But just wait for that third album, boy! did things change for the much better with that one.

UMUR | 2/5 |


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