Talk Talk Vinyl, CD & tapes by Talk Talk at Norman Records
The band that once were basically Duran Duran with a different repeated word in their name, Mark Hollis took the commercial success of his pop brainchild and demolished it, choosing instead to grow magical, waterfalling post-rock.
It might sound weird, but The Colour of Spring is the best way to understand this band, in some ways. It shows the romping bravado of their early, big hit days coalescing with their stranger, more exploratory song structures and arrangements. Of course, Hollis and co. would go on to be remembered not for "It's My Life", famously covered by No Doubt, but instead for their calm, curious innovations into rock, jazz and impressionism. Spirit of Eden, their penultimate record, recast the band amongst a backdrop of anti-pop: ambient segues and go-anywhere improvisation.
If ever there was a way to bother your record label, it was by making Spirit of Eden. EMI were understandably miffed by the creative renaissance Hollis was enjoying and cut them loose, choosing to release some greatest hit compilations over their final record, Laughing Stock. An absolute classic of its genre, this record saw Talk Talk control their new musical interests with verve, offering a cohesive and cosmic follow-up to Spirit. To this day the record is beloved and perhaps offers the best iteration of an always interesting band.