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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