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"It wrecks me how they justify their acts of war
They assemble, they pray
Take good care of what the priests say
'After death it's so much fun'
Little sheep don't let your feet stray"
What shouldn't be underestimated is the incredible feeling and power Hollis imbues into these songs. Hollis's vocals are deceptively effortless, and it's not until you hear someone attempt a Talk Talk song (Gwen Stefani for example, with her recent cover of 'It's my life') that you really appreciate what an incredible singer this guy was during this time period.Read more ›
One of the fascinating things about this album is the engineering/production. If you have a good pair of headphones, or better still, a really nice sound system, this album will bring you lots of pleasure. For example, on "Happiness is Easy" there's a beautful children's chorus who's stereo image is about 100 feet wide. At the same time, there's a very closely miked accoustic bass, you can almost feel the pluck and bowing of the strings. In "Living in Another World", which really rocks out, there's a great blues-y acoustic piano. The piano sounds like you're right inside the damn thing, listening to the hammers hit the strings. Right along side it is the beautiful thunk thunk thunk of an acoustic drum.
Some people don't like this album because its too "ponderous". I have never felt that way. There's always a compelling pulse in each song. There are great "hooks". Mark Hollis' voice is beautiful, and the melodies are very captivating. But the thing that really elevates this album for me is all the subtle details that you may not pick up on the first few times you listen to it. I found that even after playing it over and over again for months, I was still finding new little sonic wonders hidden here and there in the music. I would highly recommend this disc, especially to artists and musicians.
"The simplicity of the songs and Mark Hollis's voice make this album just incredible," Mr. Wright had explained to Record Collector magazine. "The first tune, 'Happiness Is Easy', says it all--nothing but a bass, a snare and a weird chord. That's Talk Talk all over, great songs and simplicity with a twist ... Why does it touch me? Hard to say, but it's got the feelgood factor, which all my favourite records have..."
From the second I heard the opening to "Happiness is Easy", I knew every word of Mr. Wright's was dead-on accurate. "Colour of Spring" is indeed a most appropriate title--I immediately felt a sense of gentle, uplifting power coming from the music. Although pensive, sometimes even sad in the lyrics at times, he does not go overboard with it. Mr. Hollis' voice becomes like a musical instrument in its own right, mingling perfectly with the open, never overpowering musical arrangements.
Particularly striking about this album are the Hammond organ played by Steve Winwood, which floats gently in the background and provides each track is atmosphere. The acoustic guitar and piano seem to dance gracefully in and out of the songs. Overall, Colour of Spring is incredibly soothing, but without putting the listener to sleep. This is the perfect album to unwind from a stressful day, and definitely a recommendation worth listening to!
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This is a great Progressive Rock/Jazz Fusion/New Wave hybrid. Reminds me of both Pink Floyd and Roxy Music who both happen to be a couple of my favorite bands. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pink Floyd in Space
Timeless, soul-soothing music. Finally replaced my well-worn record with a digital version. Sounds terrific.Published 6 months ago by Steve J.
After the huge hit "It's My Life", I had not heard much from this group. I had moved along to some rougher trade, if you will. I ignored this treasure. Read morePublished 10 months ago by jeffrey kelty
On their first two albums, Talk Talk played a type of synth-pop that was quite standard for the 1980s, but which could come off even worse than more popular exponents of the genre... Read morePublished 10 months ago by mianfei
I just found this group on Classics & Daniel T program (XM channel 53 Chill) If you are a fan of (Brian Ferry, Roxy Music) you will groove to this. Read morePublished 12 months ago by The Music Dude
I love Talk Talk and also Mark Hollis alone anyway, all their albums are master pieces, but this one is maybe the most powerful, with amazing musicians, and all the songs are more... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Yael Bolender