|1. Dumb Waiters|
|2. Pretty In Pink|
|3. I Wanna Sleep With You|
|4. No Tears|
|5. Mr. Jones|
|6. Into You Like A Train|
|7. It Goes On|
|8. So Run Down|
|9. All Of This And Nothing|
|10. She Is Mine|
|11. Mr. Jones (Single Version)|
|12. So Run Down (Early Version)|
|13. All of This and Nothing (Demo)|
The first two Furs albums arrived at a time when Steve Lillywhite, Alan Parsons, and Malcolm McLaren were dominating production on the best of the new British bands at the time. Talk Talk Talk expresses the production values established by these greats of the knobs. The Furs pretty much had something of all my favorites of the time, which of course made their first two albums constants on the turntable and in the car cassette player.
We needed the raw scratch vocals, the modulating saxaphone, the masterful guitar.
Smooth was not the key to the sound of the Furs here or on their first album. Talk Talk Talk came at us with the group power of the songs Dumb Waiters and Pretty In Pink and left on the feather duster psychedelic musings of the poet in All Of This And Nothing and She Is Mine all the while never letting up on their mission of taking their place ahead of The Bunneymen, Simple Minds, U2, Aztec Camera, Church, and Bowie. For a while they did surpass Bowie as he ran from the terrors of Diamond Dogs into the cream creased safety of his Thin White Duke phase. Thank goodness for the Furs.
The guitar work on this album is some of Ashton's best.
The Saxaphone is more than an instrument of reed, wind and metal, it is a chorus and a lead. One of my favorite musical arguments was whether the sax was played through an effects pedal or not because Duncan Kliburns movement within notes were pulsing with the vocals.
And the vocals, yes, Bowie nightmare tones, but with a rasp that showed both fear and aggression in the same verse without violent swings from low to high note.
The problem I have with this (and the other furs reissues) is the sound quality. These have been remastered by Sony, and unlike their other reissues (The Clash, Cheap Trick), the sound quality is not all that much better than the old CD's and Epic albums I have from the 80's. I have a couple of their LP's on import British pressings, but I'd hoped that these CD's would sound better. I guess that the master tapes just weren't recorded all that well and they did the best that they could with what they had to work with. All in all, five stars for the music, three stars for sound quality.
Filled with the majesty and power of music performed by enduring musicians who proved much more than visionaries. They raised the bar and demonstrated that rock can say something important while transforming us deeply.
Richard Butler is the real deal.
This is the best album of the early Furs' lineup, when they had the saxophones up front as an integral part of their sound. Even today no band sounds like the Furs (check out the beginning of "All of This and Nothing" which starts off with a 12-string guitar and saxophone, and why this song wasn't included on the 2-disc retrospective "Should God Forget" I'll never know). But the best adjective to describe this album is relentless. Is this punk or is this pop played with punk intensity? Probably the latter though by the time you're listening to "Into You Like a Train" it hardly matters. Where their first album was dark and moody, "Talk Talk Talk" bristles with intense energy. But throughout this album they display a pop sensibility that most punk bands didn't have and hinted at things to come on later albums. Check out "Pretty In Pink" for example and the inexplicably pretty "She Is Mine" that closed the original album. "Talk Talk Talk" is beautiful chaos - to borrow the title of their latest effort.Read more ›