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Spirit Of Eden Original recording remastered
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EU pressing of this 1988 album from the eclectic British trio. Spirit Of Eden completed the band's transformation from hitmaking Pop band to Post-Rock pioneers. EMI.
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I was visiting a friend, and fellow devotee of this record, in a beautiful little spot in Taiwan (I seldom got together with a good friend I hadn't seen in a while without Spirit of Eden somehow present). After catching up over a bottle of Tequila, he informed me that he had taken secret video of a bunch of everyday people in everyday places going about their lives. I suggested we watch it, on mute, with Spirit of Eden coursing through his excellent sound system. What followed I can only identify as mystical. The music was such a perfect match to this completely random string of events, it was as if it had been written specifically for the piece, synchronizing perfectly with the pinnacles, pitfalls, seriousness and absurdity of this slice of life.
Not surprising then that now, I dare not play it for anything less than a monumental occasion.
Some respect was added when It's My Life, Dum Dum Girl and Such a Shame were released. All 3 remain pop classics. I even became tempted buying their Colour of Spring album based on very favorable reviews and the hits Living in Another World and Life's What You Make It. Like so many other people, I settled for their Natural History collection which I have listened to regularly for many years.
That collection included 2 of the songs on Spirit of Eden. They did not, however, fit in any way with the rest of the collection so I most often simply stopped listening at that point. Having, however, read rave reviews about the album for many years, I became curious to hear how it actually is. Could it be that as a whole, it sounds better than the fragments I had heard on the Natural History collection? I finally gave in and bought it a couple of years ago. In most cases, such shots in the dark lead to nowhere (Arcade Fire and Sufjan Stevens are recent examples). This time I struck, however, gold.
This is a demanding album and really unlike almost everything else. Yet, I became instantly hooked on it. I have been constantly playing it since I bought it, always discovering new dimensions. Being such a unique album, it is difficult describing the music. The songs are long (only six of them) and in most cases relatively mellow. Comparisons that come to mind are David Sylvian, Miles Davis, Pink Floyd and Radiohead.Read more ›
On their previous album "The Colour Of Spring", Talk Talk had moved away from 1980s style synthesisers to use basically acoustic instrumentation or older synthesisers. In the process they created on songs like "Life's What You Make It", "Time It's Time" and the jazzy "April 5th" music that was seemingly dark yet actually very joyful and uplifting when listened to with an open ear. On "Spirit Of Eden", the primitive synthesisers so characteristic of "April 5th" were completely discarded, to be replaced with quasi-classical orchestration and sparse piano and drums as the dominant instruments.
Though seen as a quantum leap by many, in fact, aside from their slow pace, the opening two tracks, "The Rainbow" and "Eden", could almost have come off "The Colour Of Spring": however, Hollis was clearly growing much more reflective and emotional, with the result that the joyful subject matter of the previous album completely disappeared.
It is only on "Desire" that we see genuine advances on previous Talk Talk: this plea for innocence, with its much-imitated quiet-to-loud dynamics and incomprehensible chorus, stands far apart from the restrained pop music Talk Talk began with. Yet, though they appear to overblow the chorus, "Desire", like, say, Laura Nyro's "Gibsom Street", uses this "overblowing" to achieve an emotional power that cannot be achieved any other way. It might be painful to listen to but that only emphasises its value.Read more ›
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Always wanted a high resolution version of this title, but could not afford the prices the hybrid SACDs were fetching online. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2013 by Boris The Cat
This was a little disappointing, compared to the It's My Life album. The CD arrived quickly and was in good shape.Published on Aug. 25 2013 by Jamie
In Toronto there is a local radio station called Q107 that plays mostly classic rock. Years ago they use to have a segment on Tuesday's about the new releases that came out that... Read morePublished on April 21 2012 by Stephen Bieth
I'll be the first to admit that beyond a few hook-driven tunes from the 80s, I did not like what Talk Talk put out back then. Synth-pop was not my favourite style. Read morePublished on July 29 2005 by Paul
clearly this is the best band in the world. they were once pop and without much transition they became this amazing jazz. Read morePublished on June 4 2004
For eight years, in the Eighties, I was a rock critic corresponding from Los Angeles for several European magazines. Read morePublished on May 9 2004 by Stenie M. Di Sospiro
The refernce to Eden in the title is very appropriate. There is something primal about the music on this Cd, a kind of stripped down beauty only hinting at the power it possesses,... Read morePublished on April 7 2004 by Reverend_Maynard
The music in this collection is very different from both earlier Talk Talk material and just about anything else most people have ever listened to. Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by Paul