It ends the album like a parent creeping out of a room trying not to disturb a sleeping child. This album is an overlooked,under-rated masterpiece. Hear it before you die! The next tracks, on the contrary, build around percussion and steady rhythm.
The album's sound carpet combines rock instruments and chamber music instruments, mainly viola and cello. There are no clear melodic soli, instead it's like a sonic landscape that gradually changes as one walks in it.
I feel no loss of direction or strength even in its more boring parts. There are two tracks nearing ten minutes; they are not progressive compositions but sort of wall-paper music - I use the term positively here - in which the length is trivial: principally, could be either half shorter or twice as long, but anyway I feel this whole album measured exactly right.
The element of space is a crucial part of it all. The vocals are often difficult to catch just as the hand-written prints of them are difficult to read but that actually only increases the shamanistic, meditative nature of it. I listen to this album quite rarely but each time I do, I more or less love it. And I find it very difficult to describe even with a long-lasting writing session I'm afraid I've been shooting in the dark ; maybe it has some fragile aura which could be harmed with more active listening.
A fuller sound a minute in then vocals come in as it settles back. Some organ later. It's building until drums and organ join in. A steady beat is the result. It gets a little avant and noisy after 4 minutes. Not much going on until horns make some noise 3 minutes in.
It settles again. A dead calm before the vocals come in. I would check out "Spirit Of Eden" first, if you like it then try this one. For "Laughing Stock" I have a certain image in my head.
Imagine an empty stage with a curtain. You hear some sounds, you see the curtain moving as if there's something happening behind it, but you're not sure. This is how here the TALKies sound exactly - the most interesting is on the background.
Quite minimalistic, indeed. The song itself has neither certain structure nor definite rhythm - gone are structures, that already were quite blurred on "Spirit of Eden".
Atmospherically opener reminds me of David Lynch and Neil Young shadows again, and winds' passage in song's end reminds of Mark Hollis solo album Only a ghost, because this is obviously "Laughing Stock"'s creature - mellow but cold. Listen carefully, and maybe then you'll notice that "behind-the-curtain" effect I've told you about.
With these crying winds, slowly building-up and then yeliing suddenly from nowhere, with loads of "behind-the-curtain" sounds again, with desperate Mark's voice and whispering guitar If there a thing more beautiful than this, let me know. Hypnotic and meditative, it closes "Laughing Stock" in a perfect way.
The circle is closed, new grass is rising through, and the new dawn is here. It's not the end, but a new beginning. The TALKies have passed away to make the world a better place to be than before. Let the big record company bosses eat each other. The musc must live on, and there's no better thing than art for people, not for hit-parades, regimes or someone's wallet. The TALKies inspired the whole 90s scene, and you will hardly find a sane person that would hate them.
And you? The period leading up to this release was definitely I difficult one for the band since they received a law-suit from their previous record label who pleaded that their previous record, Spirit Of Eden was not " commercially satisfactory " and it's understandable that the band would start to show signs of fatigue. Still they managed to transfer those feeling into the music and the results speak for themselves.
This is a much darker album in terms of mood and style. It's hard to pick any song highlight here since they all follow the same basic pattern, but Myrrhman , Ascension Day and After The Flood are the ones that stand out the most for me. It's just a very unique album in every possible way! If the change of style introduced on "Spirit of Eden" had come as something of a surprise, nothing prepared us for Talk talk's final album "Laughing stock".
While "Spirit of Eden" still contained some of the elements which had led to the band's commercial success, albeit in a heavily diluted form, here Talk Talk take minimalism to a whole new level. The lengthy list of guest musicians on the sleeve disguises what is essentially one of the sparsest and least accessible albums ever made by a former pop band.
Paul K , Nov 7, Location: USA. Danny , Nov 7, But which one is the "real" version of this and what happened? That's my ultimate question here I would think the "real" copy the approved mastering is the UK version.
CardinalFang , Nov 7, Hopefully someone can post track times and levels for a UK press. Just my suspicion Location: Michigan. This site might help The band sued EMI for releasing the remixed material without their permission. By the band had essentially morphed into a vehicle for the studio recordings of Hollis and long-term collaborator Friese-Greene, along with session musicians including long-term Talk Talk drummer Harris.
Laughing Stock crystallised the experimental sound the band started with Spirit of Eden which has been retroactively categorised as " post-rock " by some critics. After Laughing Stock , Talk Talk disbanded in ; Hollis said that he wished to focus on his family. Mark Hollis died on 25 February , aged Talk Talk's influence upon musicians has exceeded the band's visibility among the general public. Along with the band Slint , Talk Talk are credited with inventing " post-rock " in their last two albums, Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock.
Lights recorded a cover of "Living in Another World" in To go from only having the urge, to writing some of the most timeless, intricate and original music ever is as impressive as the moon landings for me. A tribute album and anthological book, both titled Spirit of Talk Talk , were released in The book includes all the artwork James Marsh did for the band, and hand-written lyrics by the band.
The album includes covers by various artists, proceeds going to the conservation organisation BirdLife International. Founding band member Simon Brenner, who played keyboards on studio album, The Party's Over was amongst the long list of guest musicians who performed songs from all five Talk Talk studio albums and Mark Hollis' solo album.
Hollis and Talk Talk continue to be praised as artists who did not cave in to the pressures of corporate and commercial interests. Says Alan McGee , "I find the whole story of one man against the system in a bid to maintain creative control incredibly heartening. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Retrieved 6 April The Quietus. Retrieved 18 February I popped it into my Walkman. The intensity with which Talk Talk focused on the recording process was a huge influence on the way we [Elbow] made albums. The amazing thing about Talk Talk is that their early stuff was awful. Sign in. Log into your account. Forgot your password?
Talk Talk's influence upon musicians has exceeded the band's visibility among the general public. Imagine Album) empty stage with a curtain. If you can get past the challenge It offers, you're probably going to enjoy the album. Not even good background music. A nine year recording career which ends with the wholly acceptable 'Laughing Stock', Talk Talk - Laughing Stock (Cassette. Release is in two weeks. Retrieved 18 June Last edited: Aug 16, Or you could just accept the absence of well-defined Talk Talk - Laughing Stock (Cassette and take the album as more than the sum of its parts, as a whole piece of music, instead of a collection of seperate short pieces.
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