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Spirit of Talk Talk

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It must have been a huge task to gather together contributions from such a varied range of artists, all fans of Talk Talk. With the amount of time and effort put in by people like Alan Wilder, contributing himself and curating the work of others, it must be awfully depressing to read 1-star reviews from people with nothing more to say than: "meh, perferred the original". We know the originals were brilliant - that's why all these artists wanted to make this tribute!

As with any tribute compilation the standard varies, but there are outstanding tracks on here such as Fyfe Dangerfield's version of The Rainbow. If this album introduces fans of contempory artists to the wonderful music of Mark Hollis, then surely that's something worthy of great praise.

Unusually superb value from iTunes

Sometimes the problem with fans is that they can be just that - fanatical. In truth this is an excellently well crafted homage to respected titans of the experimental genre. Each and every reinterpretation pays utmost respect to the original piece and one genuinely feels that this was a labour of love for all of the artists involved, whose courage and devotion is hard not to admire. After all, reading the reviews below it's quite clear that this was destined to be a thankless process.

Dare I say it, some of the interpretations here breath fresh life into stale songs, take Dum Dum Girl as an example. Some achieve the seemingly impossible task of redoubling the emotional impact of the original - 'It's Getting Late in the Evening' reduced me to tears - and took me back to the first time I played this B-side on vinyl. Overall one sees this as a project of which Hollins and Friese-Greene would have approved and probably took delight on hearing the rich seam of creativity that they inspired.

iTunes comes into its own when searching for obscurities, and this album is perfect example.


Awesome tribute to an awesome band.

Spirit of Talk Talk
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  • £9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 03 September 2012

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