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Mark Hollis [Import]

Mark HollisAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 4, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B0000084J7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,269 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beauty of Imperfection December 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Those who enjoyed Talk Talk's Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock should find much to love in this solo outing. Do not expect virtuosity. Coming into Mark Hollis with such an attitude will cause you to miss the point of this album. This is about emotion, and the very frailties that make us human. If you seek machine-like precision and processed-to-death sounds, look elsewhere. Mark Hollis is a much more *intimate* album than that. Imagine sitting in a circle of musicians, tucked safely away in a back room somewhere, playing without an audience, without pressure. On occasion, a chair squeaks or someone misses a note, or someone joins in just ahead or behind where they "should"...but that's *not* what matters. Instead, it is the private communion with each other, and with the music created between them, that matters. Unconstrained, slowly flowing along from one song to the next, it's rather like a beautiful, spontaneous practice session committed to tape. In today's world of grandeur and overprocessed everything, this is a value we've forgotten. Perhaps that's why Mark Hollis so stirs the heart.
Mr. Hollis' voice and lyrics are as vulnerable as ever, and these soft, melancholy wanderings offer an intriguing contrast to the open, sometimes even refreshing, uplifting arrangements. While never building into the crescendoes of Spirit of Eden's "Inheritance" or Laughing Stock's "Ascension Day", there is certainly enough of interest to keep the ear engaged. Soft and subtle are the key words here. Listen for the murmurring choir in "A life (1895-1915)" for such beauty...I could live in that gorgeous section forever.
While, to be honest, I do not listen to most of the lyrics (they are rather depressing, but furthermore, Mr.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sit Back and Enjoy April 14, 2004
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Remember Talk Talk from the eighties? Lead singer Mark Hollis returns in the present with an astounding array of ear candy for the open minded adventurist. With his mesmerizing vocal eccentricities MH delivers the goods in an esoterical gathering of pieces which well deserve the title "art" as well as music. Breathtaking instrumentation paints the background with haunting jazzlike percussion and percision that sweeps in and out of the tranquil landscapes directly and subliminally. The upright bass does justice to wind instruments from glass harmonica to flutes to the clarinet. Distinct subtle piano dances here and there as MH purposely starts, and then haults, his barely distinguishable rising and lowering vocal delivery of delightfully elusive lyrics throughout each arrangement.
Definitely a wonderful departure from the pop/hiphop humdrum that fills the airwaves of modern radio and teenage music television shrinkwrapped for the mindless masses that suck it up and soak it in like drones of zombie clones.
Strings are perfectly subdued in a number of pieces and one can almost drift into MHs' train of thought practically unnoticed. Interesting is the use of the tamborine as the main beat in many of the tracks with the drums taking the back seat. Mazzy Star comes to mind when hearing that strong tamborine leading the path into the depths of the transpiring vision that was obviously his direct intention.
Mellow music? Perhaps, but look for moments of intensity that seem to come out of nowhere as the notes dart from sharp to flat when MHs' voice dissapears at precisely the exact moment that the volume of music increases.
Smart, emotional, content indeed.
Overall, a splendid album that will not lose it's appeal after many listens like most cd's do with time. -d-
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary! November 21, 1999
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Hushed, intense meditative music which, to my mind, is quite unlike anything else. An album that finishes all too soon and leaves you with the horrible realisation that, until Mark makes another, there is no-where else to go! Utterly utterly beautiful - buy it!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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After fronting the vastly underrated Talk Talk, the singer Mark Hollis, went on to fulfil his own increasingly individualistic path of music, with his own solo album. With a sound and structure that would encompass: Experimental, Post-Rock, Jazz, & Ambient. His is a sound that centres around the fractured dynamics of "Mark Hollis" vocals, with an album, that is not simple to categorise & easily define. Mainly because this is centred around a largely uncategorizable sound informed, by pieces of various downtempo genres reworked and composed to fit within his increasingly selective musical sensibilities, and seemingly committed to making huge musical (and artistic) strides.

The mood is a resolutely subdued one, which takes in a mannered and organically gloriously uplifting piece of sophisticated reflective experimental/Post-Rock tracks. Which are in parts breath-taking, or just simply beautiful, with an understated grace and mood, not since his work with Talk Talk. Here, things are comprised of eight tracks, each of which are arguably stand-out in their own right. Songs, with the barest sketches of ambient instruments, and compositions of equal parts minimalist guitar & piano. With Mark Hollis adding fractures of vocals over the top.... that like a previous reviewer commented on, has lyrics that seemed to be chosen for their tone and expressiveness, rather than their enunciation, in the subtlest way possible....its cerebral without seeming pretentious, moving without feeling forced, and a statement of artistic endeavour over commercial appeal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good solo album please don't just go and hide away ...
A very good solo album please don't just go and hide away keep pushing your artistic talent and give our ears more delight in this insane world it helps us escape you know
Published 5 days ago by mark hollis
5.0 out of 5 stars Distinct, Deep, Deliberative
Hollis's music is like nothing I've ever heard. His unique, understated style of singing is actually quite endearing after a couple of listen-throughs, and his instrumentations... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Taylor Flowers
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen until you 'get it' - Amazing piece of work - Mark Hollis is a...
It took me a LONG time to warm up to this album, but it's not the fault of the music. I simply wasn't ready for it yet. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Colours of spring...and autumn and shivery winter. Definitely not the...
Mark Hollis, lead singer of Talk Talk fame, produces a solo album that is the equivalent of where Talk Talk was heading following their phenomenal "Spirit of Eden" and "Laughing... Read more
Published 15 months ago by THowerton
5.0 out of 5 stars Hushed and phantasmagorical, mysterious and brooding, gentle and...
I wasn't sure where Mark Hollis could go after the classic duo of Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Storylover
4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Talk Talk
If you like Talk Talk must not miss this stuff, Mark Hollis is the band soul and you have here the chance verify.
Published on March 11, 2012 by Antonio L. Rodriguez Pozo
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Hollis
Mark Hollis released his only solo album so far in 1998, seven years after the final Talk Talk album "Laughing Stock", and it's simply called "Mark Hollis. Read more
Published on August 26, 2011 by Surferofromantica
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Hollis' Self-Titled Album
Without sounding ridiculous, I have to say this is the Greatest Album of its kind I have ever heard. Read more
Published on June 26, 2011 by Chimmy Chunck
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
This is a beautiful album. It reintroduced me to Talk Talk, and is one of my favorite albums in my collection of thousands. Read more
Published on July 18, 2010 by Erik J. Jacobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply an amazing album, most highly reccommended
This is, and has been for a few years now, my favourite album that I've come across. It may just be me, but I feel that Mark Hollis has through this work been able to tap into an... Read more
Published on January 24, 2010 by M. Gallichio
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