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2.0 out of 5 stars And now the hangover begins, 26 Sep 2008
This review is from: The Party's Over (Audio CD)
To begin with, I would like to state that I am one of Talk Talk's biggest fans and the gig I attended at Hammersmith Odeon in 1986 remains the best concert I have ever been to. However, there is no point in writing a favourable review for an LP simply because you like the band that recorded it. I don't recall Talk Talk playing any tracks from this album at Hammersmith - they had already recorded 'It's My Life' and 'The Colour of Spring' by this time, and the omission of any debut album material tells you all you need to know...the band had moved on in terms of maturity and depth. I really liked 'The Party's Over' when it first came out, but it just hasn't stood the test of time like their later material. The album starts with the eponymous 'Talk Talk' which is the best track. This is followed by It's So Serious which is the b-side of their third single 'Today'. It's not a bad b-side but it marks the start of an irritating and recurring theme on this album which is vocal lines that go 'Ohhhhhohowohhhwo'. The song' Today' is typical of its era - not bad, slight overtones of Bronski Beat with a lower voice. 'The Party's Over' is an electronic ballad - a bit of passion in the execution of the line 'name the crime I'm guilty of' but otherwise quite forgettable. 'Hate' is certainly one of the better tracks...if the tempo was slightly faster and the production more full-on it could be a standout. 'Another Word' was actually released as a single in Europe but it's difficult to understand why. The chorus line is "Woooor---oor---oor---oor--or-or--d'. I guess it's quite catchy but it is also very shallow. I almost forgot to mention the debut single 'Mirror Man'. It is quite well executed but somewhat contrived with its quaint little violin tweaks...and the 'oh-ho-ho-oh' vocal lines are back with a vengeance! The album finishes with another electro-ballad 'Candy' - the drum sequence is OK but it's a largely forgettable song which conveniently takes up quite a bit of playing time. Frankly, there were many worse debut albums recorded in this period, but given the heights that Talk Talk rose to, it is probably best forgotten. If you're really into Talk Talk, it's worth having but otherwise you might as well buy a remix compilation containing an extended version of 'Talk Talk'. At their best, this band can produce music that is both original and elegantly crafted - sadly this is neither! The party is over and in the morning you will struggle to remember the highlights.
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Initial post: 24 Jun 2009 19:32:24 BDT
J. D. Berry says:
An honest review, but for people that still have fond memories of the early Talk Talk material, this CD is a must have. Talk Talk were one of the early futuristic bands and their sound still stands the test of time in my view. The Party's Over is a classic CD from the era and I believe that this review is not indicative of what most people will think of this CD and should not put you off purchasing if you want to sample some early 80's electro pop.

Posted on 18 Dec 2009 02:32:28 GMT
What an absurd review. Firstly, the group deciding against any tunes at that Hammersmith show from their debut shows just how pretentiously self-important you can become-the 1st person had it banged to rights almost when he said after 1984 they got overlong, pompous and rather song-less. Great artists almost ALWAYS do that crap-Kim Wilde and A-ha are just two of them that completely derail a great album live in order to concentrate on the usual stuff. Talk Talk can ill afford this when they have hardly any songs anyway.

'Today' can sound nothing like Bronski Beat-THEY came 1st-Bronski Beat sound like THEM! And you don't even mention the masterpiece 'Have You Heard The News' which should have been a single. Apart from the 4 singles from their 1986 overrated release, this album and the 1984 one are the 2 to own-before they as a group got themselves lost in an aura of silly self-importance. When the music critics gush, you know it's always for the wrong reasons!

Posted on 29 Mar 2010 11:55:00 BDT
C. Wareham says:
The reason Talk Talk didn't play any of the tracks from their debut album in 1986 is because they had parted company with the guy who had played all the keyboards - the lead instrument - on that album. Its also why they eventually disappeared up their own fundament, as Hollis became increasingly obsessed with being seen as a "real artist". Perhaps it was just a reaction to the unfair criticism they received from the cynical as ever music press, who wrote them off as a Duran Duran clone (a pathetically weak and lazy comparison in the first place).
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