8 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Talk Talk snuck into the music industry as part of the New Romantic movement, opening for Duran Duran and recording a debut album, 1982’s The Party’s Over, that fit the emerging music trend. However — and this is a big however — singer Mark Hollis and producer-multi-instrumentalist Tim Friese-Greene had other plans. They quickly moved away from the synthetic washes and began exploring natural atmospherics that created a brand new style of music. The Colour of Spring is the middle ground. It retains the accessible spirit of It’s My Life with the pop snap and crackle of “I Don’t Believe In You” and the white funk of “Life’s What You Make It,” but there is also a touch of the luminous stillness and grandiosity that dominates Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock. The Colour of Spring is the album most likely to satisfy all comers. The music often has a pulse (“Living in Another World”) and when it does stretch out on “April 5th,” “Chameleon Day” and “Time It’s Time,” it’s with a sweetness that retains its connections to the pop-rock world the band would soon be leaving for ambient lands.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Talk Talk snuck into the music industry as part of the New Romantic movement, opening for Duran Duran and recording a debut album, 1982’s The Party’s Over, that fit the emerging music trend. However — and this is a big however — singer Mark Hollis and producer-multi-instrumentalist Tim Friese-Greene had other plans. They quickly moved away from the synthetic washes and began exploring natural atmospherics that created a brand new style of music. The Colour of Spring is the middle ground. It retains the accessible spirit of It’s My Life with the pop snap and crackle of “I Don’t Believe In You” and the white funk of “Life’s What You Make It,” but there is also a touch of the luminous stillness and grandiosity that dominates Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock. The Colour of Spring is the album most likely to satisfy all comers. The music often has a pulse (“Living in Another World”) and when it does stretch out on “April 5th,” “Chameleon Day” and “Time It’s Time,” it’s with a sweetness that retains its connections to the pop-rock world the band would soon be leaving for ambient lands.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings
28 Ratings
brauhas ,

Early 80's revisited

Parking lot after work 1987 smoking and haven a almighty bev.
Fantastic melody and a time warp to boot. Check out: Give it up, Happiness is Early, Living in a Another World…. Check it out……. You'll thank me…..

JTdesign ,

Near perfect

The Colour of Spring is, IMO, Talk Talk's best record. It has just the right amount of pop sensibility to be accessible, mixed with the right amount of artistry to be interesting and engaging. Their later works were a bit too "out there" for me, but this record along with "It's My Life" are among the very best the 80s had to offer.

jpmusic ,

Masterpiece

One of the best albums of all time.

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