Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden (1988) (1 Viewer)

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I've listened to this a few times through the week but not with the track list so don't know song from song. As @johnnystress said earlier this would be a good album if it was instrumental. Yer mans vocals took me a while to get into, the production /sound of them are most things i hate about 80's music but after a few listens they grew on my, well not grew but i listen to them the same way i would an instrument i hate like sax and got over them. this has been my favourite album from the club so far except for Slayer of course.
 

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Was a few years before I learned they actually got a single out of this but it does kinda make sense - although surely it made no sense at all in 1988. Cool video, better than anything Yazz was knocking out at the time anyway:

 

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I'm not buying it - there's an 11 year old thread linked below discussing this hot topic which I'm gonna read now.

Still, love you too LS, don't go changin'
 

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The voting button in that thread still works - @pete maybe you could do a job on those mothballed never-used election voting machines if they're still knocking around? Still a few hours left to work your magic before it kicks off tomorrow
 

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The approach to recording this album is as interesting as the music itself
Oh god @Cornu Ammonis
I presume you're using a bit of artistic licence here, but if I was in Talk Talk I'd find this profoundly depressing

This thread kind of depresses me as there seems to be a feeling that "serious" music is bad music. Sure, there's no levity here like there was with The Smiths and Wu-Tang albums but for me there's way more raw emotion coming through.
In generaI I feel the opposite, that art in general gets undervalued because it the response it elicits isn't either purely intellectual or a downer. Literature is worse for this than music

I've nothing against serious music per se, I just find that a bit of levity often gives me an emotional gateway into the music. I don't care about the raw emotion of the band, I care about the raw emotion the music induces in me.
 

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Oh god @Cornu Ammonis
I presume you're using a bit of artistic licence here, but if I was in Talk Talk I'd find this profoundly depressing
They seem to be depressed enough based on their interviews.

I've nothing against serious music per se, I just find that a bit of levity often gives me an emotional gateway into the music. I don't care about the raw emotion of the band, I care about the raw emotion the music induces in me.
It utterly depends on the music. I don't think I could get through an article on polyrhythmic mechanisms underpinning complex cultural references in the music of Iron Maiden when I could just stick on "The Trooper" and play air guitar. Equally, I'm not going to listen to Stockhausen to get into a party mood.

This album hit me harder than the other albums so far that were new/unfamiliar to me. Part of that was being impressed at the approach used, I appreciate the craft as well as the finished article. Equally, the music here is really fucking good and sounds like a bunch of real humans making music that I can relate to.

You want a more direct hit, fine. It's not wrong, it's just different. Music is something I'm passionate about, not just the waveforms that make up the sounds I hear but the people that made it. It's a social activity, why reduce it to just sounds? I'd love to know more about this album but everyone involved seems to be tight-lipped about it. I'd like to know more about the Wu Tang album too; the information on the Bowie and NMH albums gave me a new perspective on them too. I still don't particularly love the NMH album but it added depth to something that for me was just a throwaway but enjoyable indie album.
 

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Thanks to whoever is responsible for bringing this to my attention.
I couldn't find it on CD anywhere but I got Laughing Stock off the back of TAC. Talk Talk have been the best new find by a distance. Nice one pricks.
 

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Again, I can't remember if I voted for this one. I knew some of Talk Talk's hits from the 80's, but that was it. I think it was an article in a magazine from the late 90's that piqued my interest, Bernard Butler's favourite albums, Spirit of Eden was one of them. He described it in such a strange way I had to hear it. Hot buttered soul by Isaac Hayes was another I discovered from that list.

I do love SOE for the mood, the raw emotion, the light & shade. If your looking for tightly crafted songs, look elsewhere.
 

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After streaming this every week or two since first hearing it on Thumped Album Club, I bought the LP yesterday. This is such an amazing album.

Dipped into Laughing Stock a couple of times, also good but need to spend more time with it. It didn't suck me in like this one.
 

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