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Natural History: Very Best of Talk Talk
Talk Talk
Natural History: Very Best of Talk Talk
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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Who would have imagined that the missing link between Miles Davis and Portishead would be a pasty Brit band whose synth-driven hits show up from time to time on rock-of-the-'80s collections? For those only familiar with MT...  more »

      
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All Artists: Talk Talk
Title: Natural History: Very Best of Talk Talk
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Capitol
Original Release Date: 10/30/1990
Re-Release Date: 10/16/1990
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, New Wave & Post-Punk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 077779397624

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Who would have imagined that the missing link between Miles Davis and Portishead would be a pasty Brit band whose synth-driven hits show up from time to time on rock-of-the-'80s collections? For those only familiar with MTV hits like "Talk Talk" and "It's My Life," this compilation is the beginning of a revelation. Talk Talk mastermind Mark Hollis is an eccentric genius whose hook-laden hits hide an equally satisfying catalog of art-rock experimentation. As Talk Talk evolved, Hollis (opting for a cut-up technique that anticipated the Pro-Tools revolution) ditched synth-pop and produced some of the most sublime late-night records ever. Think Stevie Winwood tranquilized by listening to too much Blue Nile and you start to get the picture. But fair warning: buy this album, and there's a good chance you'll end up purchasing the whole catalog. --Bill Forman

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Amber H. from GLENPOOL, OK
Reviewed on 4/22/2010...
Talk Talk had a unique sound among the 80's bands because they were really talented musicians. Their music has many layers and their instrumental segments highlight this very well. The Best Of is a great list for getting started and a great primer for their later thematic works.

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Worshipping at the Church of Talk Talk.
G. Merritt | Boulder, CO | 06/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was at a Jamba Juice recently, where I almost dropped to my knees when the song "Talk Talk" started playing. It was as if I had finally heard the voice of God while standing in line for a smoothie! Talk Talk was among my favorite 1980s New Wave synth-pop bands. While more commercial acts like Tears For Fears, the Pet Shop Boys, Culture Club, and Duran Duran dominated the airwaves during the 80s, Talk Talk (Mark Hollis, vocals, Simon Brenner, keyboards, Lee Harris, drums, Paul Webb, bass and later Tim Friese-Greene, keyboards) was creating music that was less commercial but more sublime. Although singer/songwriter Mark Hollis had a knack for writing timeless classics, the band never really received the recognition it deserved here in the U.S. This best-of compilation disc includes songs from the band's 1982 album The Party's Over through the band's 1988 album Spirit of Eden, before Talk Talk turned to a more experimental sound with its 1991 release Laughing Stock. (Talk Talk stopped performing live in 1986.) Talk Talk has an artsy, dreamlike Roxy Music sound (due in part to production work by frequent Roxy Music collaborator Rhett Davies) that blends rock, jazz, classical, and ambient music with Hollis's arresting vocals. Brilliant singles like "It's My Life" (recently covered by No Doubt on The Singles 1992-2003), "Life's What You Make It," and "Living in Another World" reveal the genius of Talk Talk. Album tracklist includes:

1. Today
2. Talk Talk
3. My Foolish Friend
4. Such A Shame
5. Dum Dum Girl
6. It's My Life
7. Give It Up
8. Living In Another World
9. Life's What You Make It
10. Happiness Is Easy
11. I Believe In You
12. Desire
13. Life's What You Make It (Live from the Hammersmith Odeon)
14. Tomorrow's Started (Live live from the Hammersmith Odeon)

G. Merritt
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