Mark Hollis took Talk Talk from synthpop to art rock during the 1980's and this debut album was the most electronic of them all. 80's fans will recognize the first track, "Talk Talk," the first single to get air play in America before "It's My Life" hit the top 40 a few years later. The track is a powerhouse dance classic still enjoyed today. Other fast numbers to enjoy include "Today" and "Another World" while the title track evokes a darker, more mellow side of the band.
Mark Hollis could give Bryan Ferry a run for his money on vocals, which shine throughout the album. Fantastic synths take you back to 1981 in delight.
Talk Talk's second album, "It's My Life" is a perfect follow up to this album as a continuation of the electronic style. By the third album, the band matured even more including more acoustic instruments and guest musicians like Steve Winwood.
Fans of early 80's synthpop must give this a listen. Fans of Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry, Japan and Ultravox would also do well to give it a listen.
While I love most of Talk Talk's material, this album stands out as a clear favorite. Too bad Hollis has called it quits.