YMMV / Talk Talk

  • Covered Up: Some listeners might be surprised to find out that "It's My Life" isn't a No Doubt song.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock (and, in some cases, The Colour of Spring) are still hailed as influential masterpieces to this day.
    • Say what you will about early Talk Talk, but you simply can't deny how truly awesome "It's My Life" is, even as just a fun little 80's tune.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Lots of people prefer to ignore the stuff made before Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock.
    • It's even more noticeable those who think that their debut album shouldn't even be mentioned.
  • Growing the Beard: Their albums are generally acknowledged to have gotten better as their songwriting and choice of instrumentation matured.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The last minute and a half of "Eden" is pretty disorienting; it's pretty much just Mark aggressively ripping at his guitar almost out of tune with distortion turned up, while Lee bangs on a ride cymbal. It almost gives off the feeling of someone screaming at you.
  • Tear Jerker: "The Colour of Spring". Despite being a Mark Hollis solo song (the opening track off his single self-titled album), it's still probably the most beautiful piece of music he's ever written. It's just him singing quietly, almost inaudibly, against a piano, and the chord progression for the first half of the song is well worth the tears.
    • There's also the b-side "It's Getting Late in the Evening", surprisingly one of their most popular songs. The way Hollis sings "Everybody's laughing" is sure to give any listener a hell of a nostalgia trip. Then, when the chord progression starts to change, followed by the beautiful synth strings, it slowly becomes Crowning Music of Awesome. Then it just ends.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Subverted in the sense that Hollis stopped making music and broke up with Talk Talk because he felt that he'd already achieved the sound he ultimately wanted with Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock. In this interview from 1998, he suggests that Laughing Stock possibly would have never even existed since he already accomplished his musical goals with Spirit of Eden alone.
  • Uncanny Valley: The cover of The Party's Over. Where are the eyes?!!
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