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5.0 out of 5 stars Dense, rhythmic, and transcendent.
The Colour of Spring is one of those great records of the 80's that most people seem to forget... too busy trying to reunite the members of Berlin or gearing up for a new release from Duran Duran, and so on. It sounds like nothing else, or at least, it sounds like nothing else in comparison to the majority of mid-eighties rock... with Mark Hollis creating a sublime...
Published on 11 Sep 2005 by Jonathan James Romley
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3.0 out of 5 stars Transitional piece
I only got this album recently having already been familiar with either end of Talk Talk's career. Being around when the band first appeared, I always felt they had more than the average New Romantic act - Hollis's voice, the quality of the song structures and highly charged lyrics all gave their music that extra class.
On that basis and despite the at-times...
Published on 17 Jun 2009 by Martyn
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5.0 out of 5 stars Talk Talk Talking,
A genuine classic. Everything came together for Talk Talk on this album after the dance oriented cuts prevalent on earlier releases. It was quite the step forward. Brilliant compositions - the uplifting Happiness Is Easy; the inspired single Life's What You Make It; the driving Living In Another World; the atonal Chameleon Day (a foretaste of what was to come on the groundbreaking Spirit of Eden); the anthemic Time Is Time. Every track a gem. Unusual arrangements, diverse instrumentation, massed choirs, fantastic rhythms, and the amazing Variophon. Of all the so-called New Wave bands of the '80s, Talk Talk were genuinely the most experimental, and by that very token, the most interesting and lasting.
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of pop,
Having got into Talk Talk after their hit 'Today' I was greatly surprised by this album, which was another departure from their previous two styles. Although 'Spirit Of Eden' is also a masterpiece it's not a pop album and is totally introspective. This however, has a perfect combination of upbeat melodic songs and more introspective pieces, it's also strong lyrically, which features less on 'Spirit...' If you only bought one of their album i'd say it would have to be this one, wonderful, complex, melodic, timeless.
5.0 out of 5 stars love it,
Had this on vinyl many moons ago and bought this as a replacement. As good as ever, if not better as no crackling on cd.
5.0 out of 5 stars Stone cold classic,
Re-discovered after a long absence when I lost the CD and found it again.
It's as much about the space between the music as the music itself. Extraordinary music that we'll still be listening to in 30 years
5.0 out of 5 stars Spring has come!,
One of the best spring music albums of all times. Though released a long time ago, the album still catches with its freshness and mysterious mood. And the evergreen "Life Is What You Make It"... Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of the 1980s?,
I think so - and ordered this album from Amazon having lost my original copy some years ago. Colour of Spring was Talk Talk's big hit - but already you can hear the direction the band was to take in tracks like April 5th and Chameleon Day. The final song Time it's Time is transcendental. Very evocative - and a reminder of times and friends past.
5.0 out of 5 stars Definititive & Iconic musical work of art,
There is undoubtedly great art of all types created in all eras generating a wide range of subjective opinions.
The 80's is no different and the Pop music arena of the time was the breeding ground of many great bands
and their repertoire.
For me what stood out was one album which I don't think it would be over stating the mark to say was a work of art
and created by a true genius - the sadly all too long reclusive i.e Mark Hollis.
Ground breaking and ahead of it's time 'The Colour of Spring' would have been a world class creation
in any decade a true test of greatness. The album tugs at the very sinews of your soul and being
and plays almost like a symphony of connected moods to the very heart of dreams.
Not so much an album of crowd pleasing hits designed to satisfy the rapacious commercial demands of record companies and teenage girls ( brave in itself and suicide for lesser artists in the 80's)
it is one magnifcient step in the creative journey of Talk Talk and Mark Hollis.
Everyone should own a copy of 'The Colour of Spring'. It is a unique musical creation. A work of true genius. No one else came as close in the 80's and arguabley ever since.
I should know I recently spent a not inconsiderable amount of money buying the original artwork for the album by renowned artist, James Marsh
Always keep a copy close because it really is that good.
5.0 out of 5 stars the best album of the 80s,
i still rate this as the best album of the 80s and is by far and away my favourite ever album, abbey road is second and whos next is third. Its just perfectly crafted and at the time was revolutionary, buy it!
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST ABOUT PERFECT,
this is almost perfect started off an 80's pop band but gradually evolved into their own style ambient jazz rock call it what you want brilliant spirit of eden offten get name checked but this is just as good .hear something different every time i listen cant praise it highly enough. i think i was only 16 when i first heard it saw them live in newcastle hasnt dated one jot GENIUS!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album ever recorded.... ever!,
How I wish Talk Talk would reunite! My favourite album of all time. Not one poor track on it with Give it Up just taking the honours! Saw them in '86 in Manchester.
25 years later I still love this album as well as the two classics that followed. Amen.
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