- Audio CD (16 April 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: EMI Catalogue
- ASIN: B0076WFVRC
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Spirit Of Eden
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I get frustrated trying to explain just how good it is - how original, moving, unique and thought provoking, yet can never really do the piece justice. I once read an interview with Rob Dickinson (brother of Iron Maiden's Bruce) from the band Catherine Wheel, who summed it up perfectly by describing it as "organic, breathing, what love truly sounds like". He describes the opening section as like "blood seeping from a wall". I couldn't ever better it. It is indeed music for the soul. It commands you to sit quietly and just let it wash over you.
There are too many things to recommend about the Spirit of Eden, whilst it is in six parts, it is actually a "whole". If I had to choose one track, then "I believe in you" is the piece that will stay with me always. How does someone write a piece like that?
I would have to say it would be my Desert Island disc - it has been the soundtrack for so much of my life, including recently the birth of my Son.
I read recently an interview with Turin Brakes who also cite Talk Talk's influence on them. It seems to be the case for so many people.
It is one of those rare albums that can be classified as truly "timeless".
So: Did `Spirit of Eden' change my life?
I turned 17 at the end of 1988. For a present from a forgotten Auntie or Uncle - either for my birthday or Christmas (they're quite close) - I received a Woolworth's voucher. One of those lazy gifts you buy for a distant relative.
Now, before we all get rose-tinted about it, remember that Woolworth's always had a poor selection of music. Back when it was vinyl it had but a few rows of vinyl albums (and it never improved when CD's took over). Most of these were terrible albums too, but I went through them all anyway - we're only talking about a hundred at the very most - and apart from anything that I already had, `Spirit of Eden' stood out for two reasons. 1: It had/has a great cover sleeve and 2: It only had six songs on it. I had a fascination for albums with long & few songs on them. Plus, I had a vague recollection that Talk Talk had had a good song on the charts a few years previously. (When I bought `Colour of Spring' a year later I was immediately reminded: it was `Life's what you make it'.)
So home you go, put the record on, not expecting much and...
...Is there a better way to discover truly great music?
Nobody had told me, I hadn't read a review, hadn't heard a note, knew nothing of the record's existence `til I bought it and...
I could have shook; I wanted to shout. Did anybody else know?
No, actually. Nobody else did.Read more ›
Last night it blew me away once more - so deep, so powerful, so delicate, so beautiful, words really can't describe the music on Spirit Of Eden; you have to hear it for yourself. And you'll always find new elements to wonder at
This release is one of the most impressive, thoughtful, and sympathetic remasters I've heard, and that's fitting for one of the most important and influential records made in the last 40 years. It may have been commercial suicide, but few artists would balk at it's lasting dignity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
OK OK I know - there's a lot of great music out there, everyone has their favorites. I listen to a wide range of music, and have over the last 40-odd years. Read morePublished 27 days ago by nicholas_b
Why is this my favourite album? Because it slowly throbs with the power and an intensity of a Rothko. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
In something of a fit of pique in the early 2000's I became a bit bored with my music collection and gave away (much to my lasting regret, it must be said) most of it to a charity... Read morePublished 2 months ago by E. L. Wisty
When I originally bought the vinyl I am not sure that I liked it as it was a little spacey and artsy for my liking, but now I find it to be a fantastic CD that conjures an amazing... Read morePublished 2 months ago by SteveZafiris
From pop to prog the wrong way round. Don't read that as a criticism. This will astound you if you only know the stuff that charted off the first album. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gordon Modyor