Rank Talk Talk’s albums

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by RedRoseSpeedway, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. RedRoseSpeedway

    RedRoseSpeedway Music Lover Thread Starter

    Location:
    Michigan
    I love Talk Talk, and I love talking about their music! One of my favorite groups ever. Mark Hollis was an incredible musical genius who is sorely missed.

    I wanted to see how the SHF members ranked their studio albums FAVORITE TO LEAST FAVORITE.

    My ranking would be:

    The Colour Of Spring (1986)
    It’s My Life (1984)
    Spirit Of Eden (1988)
    The Party’s Over (1982)
    Laughing Stock (1991)

    Now, I consider all these 5/5’s so it’s definitely not a slight against any of them, just how I personally rank and enjoy them. I would consider swapping It’s My Life and Spirit Of Eden maybe, but I like this ranking. What about you?

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  2. Bebstrel

    Bebstrel Anonymity is a superpower

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    Love the thread idea. My list:

    The Colour of Spring (my introduction to the band)
    Spirit of Eden
    (Mark Hollis 1998 would slot here)
    Laughing Stock
    It's My Life
    The Party's Over

    I would rate the first four as 5/5, the It's My Life as 3.5/5 and The Party's Over as 2.5/5. The only one I don't listen to start-to-finish anymore is The Party's Over.
     
  3. serj

    serj Forum Resident

    Location:
    Moscow
    My ranking is:

    1) The Colour Of Spring (1986)
    2) Spirit Of Eden (1988)
    3) It’s My Life (1984)
    4) Laughing Stock (1991)
    5) The Party’s Over (1982)
     
  4. Etienne Hanratty

    Etienne Hanratty Forum Resident

    Location:
    uk
    Spirit
    Spring
    Life
    Stock

    I don’t have The Party’s Over yet, so don’t know where it would fit. Laughing Stock is probably as good a piece of work as Spirit Of Eden but I don’t find myself reaching for it anywhere near as often.
     
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  5. RedRoseSpeedway

    RedRoseSpeedway Music Lover Thread Starter

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    I agree, I still find it incredible despite that.
     
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  6. Eleventh Earl of Mar

    Eleventh Earl of Mar Somehow got them all this far.

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    This is really difficult - on one hand I think Spirit and Laughing Stock are complete masterpieces, but the amount of times I've heard The Party's Over and It's My Life and enjoying them so much... dammit. The Colour of Spring is a bit tough too.

    Laughing Stock
    The Party's Over
    It's My Life
    The Colour of Spring
    Spirit of Eden

    Asides Besides has enough songs to be it's own unique album, and it's mostly good too. I could swap these records around on any given day, maybe Laughing Stock getting reserved as number one for how significant I think it is and how After The Flood is probably their best song.
     
  7. RedRoseSpeedway

    RedRoseSpeedway Music Lover Thread Starter

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    Michigan
    After The Flood is incredible, definitely the centerpiece of LS.

    Also, kudos to you for putting TPO at number two, I really love the album too but they can’t all have the second spot! I wish, urgh. Most people will probably have that in last place unfortunately. I could see swapping TPO and SOE on my list too.
     
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  8. Seagull

    Seagull Seabird flavour member

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    Hampshire,England
    I haven't really thought about ranking them, but I always think that my favourite is the one I am playing at the time. I have them mostly on LP so I have no record of how many times the I have played each of them which would be a guide I guess.
     
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  9. richard a

    richard a Forum Resident

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    felsted, essex, uk
    Spirit Of Eden
    Laughing Stock
    The Colour of Spring
    It’s My Life
    The Party’s Over

    Spirit Of Eden is, in my opinion, the greatest album ever recorded.
     
  10. Phil Tate

    Phil Tate Forum Resident

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    South Shields
    Reverse chronological order for me. Laughing Stock is my favourite album of all time, but Spirit of Eden is also a masterpiece.
     
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  11. Audioresearch

    Audioresearch Forum Resident

    01 Laughing stock and the colour of spring
    02 spirit of eden
    03 It's My life
    04 Mark Hollis
    05 The Party's Over
     
  12. octophone

    octophone fit and working again

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    Glasgow
    Spirit Of Eden
    Laughing Stock


    The Colour Of Spring



    It's My Life

















    The Party's Over
     
  13. octophone

    octophone fit and working again

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    Glasgow
    "Mark Hollis" would probably come in between SoE and LS but ultimately, all three of those albums are truly magnificent. RIP Mark, may your work be imperishable.
     
  14. abzach

    abzach Forum Resident

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    Sweden
    Spirit Of Eden (1988)
    Laughing Stock (1991)
     
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  15. Eric_Generic

    Eric_Generic Enigma

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    Berkshire
    Oh, this is tough...Talk Talk (and Mark solo) never made a less-than-superb album!

    Based on how I felt about them the last time I played their catalogue (after Mark's passing in February):

    1. Spirit Of Eden
    2. Colour Of Spring (my 1st Talk Talk purchase in '86)
    3. It's My Life
    4. Laughing Stock
    5. The Party's Over (by default, since it's up against 4 of the finest albums ever made).

    Mark's solo album would be inbetween 3rd and 4th.

    EG.
     
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  16. Turntable

    Turntable Forum Resident

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    Sydney, Australia
    I agree with your list :wave:

    I do play Talk Talk and It's so Serious from The Party's Over quite regularly when I have had a few drinks or want to be cheered up.
     
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  17. vzok

    vzok Forum Resident

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    UK
    The Colour Of Spring
    Spirit Of Eden
    It’s My Life
    Besides
    Laughing Stock
    The Party’s Over
    Mark Hollis
    History Revisited
    Missing Pieces
     
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  18. willy

    willy hooga hagga hooga

    Can't improve on that order of list... :wave:
     
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  19. RedRoseSpeedway

    RedRoseSpeedway Music Lover Thread Starter

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    Hard to argue with that opinion!
     
  20. octophone

    octophone fit and working again

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    Where would you put "London 1986"?
     
  21. mr. k

    mr. k Master of the Rummage (retired)

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    Eek! This isn't easy...

    The Colour of Spring
    Spirit Of Eden
    Laughing Stock
    The Party's Over
    It's My Life


    Essentially, the first three are all first and the last two come second.
     
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  22. Kassonica

    Kassonica Forum Resident

    Mark Hollis

    Laughing Stock

    Spirit of eden/color of spring (tie)

    it's my life
     
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  23. vzok

    vzok Forum Resident

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    UK
    I haven’t listened to that one much, so couldn’t place it
     
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  24. Aggie87

    Aggie87 Gig 'Em!

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    Medford, NJ
    Rate your Music website rankings (also Mark Hollis solo album gets a 3.82 rating fwiw):

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  25. Aphoristical

    Aphoristical Aphoristic Album Reviews

    The Colour of Spring
    Spirit of Eden
    Laughing Stock
    (these are all brilliant, and then there's a huge gap down to:)




    The Party's Over
    It's My Life

    Good to see some love for The Colour of Spring - it's brilliant in its own right, as well as being a bridge between the early synth-pop and the later post-rock.
     

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