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A fine monument to a crucial band,
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This review is from: Natural History - The Very Best Of Talk Talk (Audio CD)
I was trying to think of another band that went through so much change in such a relatively short period of time as Talk Talk. I do not think it is an exaggeration to compare their progression from out-and-out pop to truly avant garde rock music in less than 10 years to the likes of Pink Floyd's development from the pure pop of Arnold Layne and See Emily Play through to the Wish You Were Here album over a similar period. You have here some of the finest pop singles made by anyone in the early to mid 1980's (alongside their pop videos, some with alternative versions) and it is only towards the end of this set that you get an inkling of where the band is headed with two tracks from 1988's Spirit of Eden. There are no tracks at all from the even more extreme Laughing Stock from 1991 and so this is fundamentally a singles collection and none the worse for that. But do let yourself be led into the dark side of the later albums and even into some of Mark Hollis's solo albums which have been quoted as influences by, amongst others, Radiohead, Portishead, Sigur Ros, Death Cab for Cutie and Elbow. A crucial band.