Laughing Stock album cover
Laughing Stock

Talk Talk

Verve Records

Talk Talk had already managed to achieve a remarkable new level with Spirit of Eden, but on their final album Laughing Stock the remaining duo of Mark Hollis and Lee Harris, along with much of the same creative team that had helped them on the earlier effort, leapt into the heavens. Hollis’s warm, fragile but never not intense vocals and lyrics combined with music that rivalled Teo Macero’s work for Miles Davis in its assembly and subtraction of many takes to create beautiful epiphanies of flowing sound, as “Ascension Day” and “After The Flood” showed.

Ned Raggett

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