Sunday, May 18, 2008

572. Talk Talk - The Colour Of Spring (1986)
















Track Listing

1. Happiness Is Easy
2. I Don't Believe In You
3. Life's What You Make It
4. April 5th
5. Living In Another World
6. Give It Up
7. Chameleon Day
8. Time It's Time

Review

Talk Talk take the lead into de-synthing synth-pop, you don't really need drum machines, and they realised this by bringing back some actual musicians playing fucking music. The end result is a pretty good one.

This is still synth-pop don't get me wrong, and there is nothing wrong with that, but the level of it is being tuned down to include real instruments where needed instead of sub-par computerised copies as was the unfortunate way in 1986.

You end up with a very full sounding album, with immaculate production and a very complex sound, the music is at times almost ambient like, with long tracks and a lot of special effects including a fucking children's choir and shit. This is not the most impressive music, but it is definitely a step in the right direction for the mid 80's. And oh, It's my Fucking Birthday!

Track Highlights


1. Life's What You Make It
2. April 5th
3. Time It's Time
4. Happiness Is Easy

Final Grade

8/10

Trivia

From Wikipedia:

It became the band's highest selling non-compilation studio album, reaching the Top 10 in several countries, including their homeland. With its international hit "Life's What You Make It", Talk Talk expanded their fan base, and garnered the band the second of their two American hits, along with 1984's "It's My Life".

Life's What You Make It:

4 comments:

Lachlan said...

happy birthday!

Tommy said...

Happy Birthday!

lanark said...

Happy fucking birthday

Ian Redpoint said...

Ah, but what the book fails to include is the next album "Spirit Of Eden". All traces of synth-pop are long gone by then, replaced by an astonishing ambient jazz-tinged spirit of experimentation. Possibly my favourite album ever (alongside 'Loveless' and 'Geogaddi') and I don't get along with jazz at all.