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Mark Hollis

Mark Hollis

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This is the only solo album from former Talk Talk singer Mark Hollis. Like the latter-day Talk Talk (Spirit of Eden, Laughing Stock), Mark Hollis is filled with songs that float between genres and use the full dynamic range by hanging low until Hollis suddenly raises his voice for emphasis. Unlike any Talk Talk release, this is largely an acoustic album with none of the songs being co-written by longtime collaborator Tim Friese-Greene. The bassoon can be heard cresting through “The Watershed.” The piano breaks the silences of “Inside Looking Out,” where jazz chords, an acoustic guitar and a plaintive melody and a vocal with slight reverb create a solitary vibe and a stillness that is as affecting as music made at ten times the volume. The quiet continues throughout the album with “Westward Bound” mastering the silent break. Clarinets and bassoons open “The Daily Planet” before a sparse drum and bass pound out an irregular heartbeat. Hollis stands nearly alone in his vocal prowess, in the rarefied company of such idiosyncratic geniuses as David Sylvian and Scott Walker.

Customer Reviews

take your time and enjoy

I feel lucky to have come upon talk talk long ago. Mark Hollis has provided me with some of the most influential music in my collection, this piece will go there as well.

Pure Genius

This album requires careful study and a complete listen-through. It has great percussion, subtle details and a unique sound that's hard to classify. Some highlights include "A Life (1895-1915)" with some beautiful low tone vocals and transitions, "The Daily Planet"  with its harmonics and Hollis' writing ability in "The Gift." The music has sounded current since its release and you will hear something new every time you listen.

Finally!

This brilliant album has been long overdue on iTunes. Like "Spirit of Eden" and "Laughing Stock" before it, "Mark Hollis" (I agree) most be listened to in it's entirity. It is a living whole whole that blossoms gradually for and with the listener. Patience is rewarded with this instrospective but universal work. If William Blake played guitar he would have been making music like this. It is the closest one can get to silence while still making beautiful sound.

Biography

Born: 1955 in Tottenham, London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s

The frontman of the influential new wave-era band Talk Talk, singer/songwriter Mark Hollis finally mounted his long-awaited solo career during the late '90s. The younger brother of Ed Hollis, a disc jockey and producer who went on to manage bands such as Eddie & the Hot Rods, Hollis originally planned to become a child psychologist but in 1975 left university to relocate to London, eventually forming a band called the Reaction. In 1977, the Reaction recorded a demo for Island Records; among the...
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