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A Good Second Album From Talk Talk
on 22 May 2011
Dum Dum Girl : This still sounds as fresh as it did back in 1984 and there's some great instrumental work.
Such A Shame : A personal favourite from the album. The instrumental start is fantastic and really builds the song up. There seems some to be some sadness. The chorus is fantastic and I love the keyboard notes at the end of the chorus that come to an abrupt halt.
Renee : The lovesong of the album? Consequently its a slowly paced number and it doesn't rush itself. The chorus is very powerful, ("Renee, Renee, Renee, Renee..") and there's some nice, simple keyboard notes. The song appears to be ending and then heads back into the chorus to slowly fade away.
It's My Life : Following the slow drift out of Renee, It's My Life jumps out of nowhere! - I love those bird like sounds. It builds up very nicely to the chorus and is an all round good song. (Its understandable why No Doubt covered it in 2003). The instrumental is great and there's a sense of urgency to it, then very nicely back into the chorus.
Tomorrow Started : Proceedings really drop down. The electric guitar sounding effect is good. It might take a few listens to get into this song, but it hold its own. I'm sure there's some sort of message behind it, but I have no idea what! The piano solo which is joined by the trumpet playing is good, (followed by the keyboard).
The Last Time : I really like the sound on the keyboard from the word go. The keyboard riff is a mainstay of the song and the instrumental half through is nice, (yet short).
Call In The Night Boy : The chorus is pretty punchy yet perhaps its quite a simply composed song, - but does that matter?! The song will quickly grow on you. - There's some nice sound effects during the chorus.
Does Caroline Know : And who is Caroline? - The song has a feeling, (certainly from how it starts) of a song that is lower down the pecking order. That said its by no means terrible. - Perhaps a little experimental. There's cool sound effects a plenty towards the end and the song exits well.
It's You : I don't mind this song and it certainly wants to say something, ("It's You!) - As has been the case throughout the album some great keyboarding. The song actually builds very quickly and maintains the momentum ensuring the album ends on a high note.
Its a good album and if I could give it 3 and half stars out of five I would, but since I can't its back to 3 stars. The lead singer sings in a particular way, which in some respects seemed to be the norm in the 80s, (and isn't these days which is a great shame).