Talk Talk: Spirit of Eden V.S. Laughing Stock

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voted Spirit Of Eden.

as a matter of fact, i did hear it before Laughing Stock (Ned!) but i feel it's the overall winner in the TT catalog. more varied in sound n' dynamics than Laughing Stock. and Wealth...what a beautiful way to end an album.

it's astounding in retrospect to hear the progression from It's My Life -> Colour Of Spring ("April 5th" and the aching b-side "It's Getting Late In The Evening") -> Spirit Of Eden. Laughing Stock is a matured sideways leap from SoE, though itself a beautiful collection that colored in my 1991/1992 seasons.

(I Just) Died In Your Asshat Tonight, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 03:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

I decided to vote Spirit of Eden

after listening to them both

I am become death, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 04:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

'Spirit of Eden' has always been just a step above 'Laughing Stock' for me. It was the first one I heard, but I think it's the combination of the one-two-three opening salvo and just having my favorite tracks overall--it's the one that sticks in memory more.

I think I must be about the only person who rates Mark Hollis' 'Mark Hollis' on par with at least 'Laughing Stock'. Occasionally the other two can even seem slightly overwrought (mainly the harmonica can sometimes miss, for me), whereas 'Mark Hollis' sometimes benefits from its all-acoustic approach.

Soundslike, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 06:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

I like SoE and LS pretty much equally, albeit for slightly different reasons. Sure there's an ILM threadcwhere I explain why.

No, YOU'RE a disgusting savage (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 06:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

Voted Laughing Stock, despite having heard Spirit of Eden first.

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 10:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Spirit Of Eden" is slightly more conventional, thus better. They peaked on their first two albums though.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 10:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

Heard both of these aged like 7. SoE is one of my 5 or 6 favourite albums of all time, so that one, really. LS is not far behind; while the individual songs are astonishing, the album doesn't quite have the same wondrous momentum.

ilxor lookin' boy (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 11:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, pretty much agree with that

The Oort Locker (Tom D.), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 11:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

Spirit of Eden without hesitation.

(not just for happy memories of it as a great sexing album.)

There's Always Been A Dance Element To (Masonic Boom), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 12:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

'Laughing Stock' by a baw hair for me.

I heard 'Spirit' first and while it's a bit more accessible (insofar as music its level of complexity can be considered accessible) 'Laughing Stock' is pretty much the most perfectly produced album I've heard. Structurally it’s magnificently lose and open. I’ll pretty much buy any album going if someone tells me it sounds like ‘Laughing Stock’. It’s a top ten LP for me. Easy.

AnotherDeadHero, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 12:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

insofar as music its level of complexity can be considered accessible

Huh?

The Oort Locker (Tom D.), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 12:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

laughing stock. one of the most beautiful albums i can think of. spirit of eden is also fantastic obviously but with that one i can mostly tell what's going on.

sonderangerbot, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 12:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

Voted for Laughing Stock.

And as it's being discussed...

I first heard Spirit of Eden when I was about 15. It blew me away, completely.

Another 15 years passed before I finally felt the need to go out and buy Laughing Stock. Still not sure exactly why but I think I somehow considered Spirit of Eden "enough", or that dissapointment with Laughing Stock was inevitable. How wrong I was. It's my favourite album ever.

smn, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 12:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

I have the Mark Hollis solo album (promo) somewhere, I remember very little about it.

Mark G, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 12:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

I mean that while 'Spirit of Eden' is musically complex (i.e long song structures, an emphasis on sound texture and timbre etc) it's still something that I've found is quite accessible to people. I must've bought a dozen copies for friends, many of whom are mostly into easy to understand popular stuff, and everyone has enjoyed it.

AnotherDeadHero, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 13:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

Voted Spirit of Eden. The way I see it is a kind of gradual attenuation running from SoE through LS to Hollis' solo album, a weakening of spirit in a way as he withdrew from the world (didn't he join a monastery or something after the solo album, or is that some kind of myth)? Spirit of Eden is sonically and lyrically superior.

anagram, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 13:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

didn't he join a monastery or something after the solo album, or is that some kind of myth

I had a discussion about this last night, and was informed it was apocryphal. I wouldn't call it withdrawing from the world, I'd call it needing to say less to say what he wanted to say.

ilxor lookin' boy (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 13:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

(LS is still sonically dense in places, such as Taphead, but the density is haunted, oblique and more horrified panic than thronging sonic smorgasbord; it is obviously still beautiful)

ilxor lookin' boy (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 13:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

Think that's a myth too. I'm sure I read something online a while back by someone who claimed to be a friend of his son saying that he'd pretty much just given up with music and was living the quiet life. Nothing dramatic.

AnotherDeadHero, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 13:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

(and the last two tracks are as peaceful and final as music can be; the last of Hollis' panic has been excised in those moments of Gerard Manley Hopkins-esque (in)stress and Talk Talk's resting state can be induced)

ilxor lookin' boy (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 13:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

Isn't one of the songs on the solo album about moving back to London so his kids can go to the cinema more easily?

No, YOU'RE a disgusting savage (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 13:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

Really? Then again, he could be singing anything at some points.

The solo album is fantastic. Remember the first time I listened to it. Think I had some friends around and I'd set the volume a little too low resulting in my thinking that the whole album was pretty much silence.

AnotherDeadHero, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 13:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

Spirit of Eden is flawless. Thus, it wins.

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 13:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

Westward Bound

Opaline through her hair
Born on an April tide
Glowing in the wonder of our first child
There my promise is

A spur
A rein

The world upon my back
The pressure upon this earth

Drought's heir

Sown my money
Sold my shirt
Sown my money

Migrate
Job on the threshing line
Mute I walk
Idle ground
Westward bound

Very clearly, I think you'll agree, about moving back to London so his kids can go to the cinema more easily.

No, YOU'RE a disgusting savage (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 14:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

SoE is more... easily listened to. But LS is more harrowing. Not that SoE is an easy listen or unharrowing, but... LS feels more painfully profound.

No, YOU'RE a disgusting savage (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 14:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

Spirit of Eden

Geir otm re: early Talk Talk albums

akon/family (Curt1s Stephens), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 14:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

Huh -- turns out there's an official Facebook page for Talk Talk and Hollis:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Talk-Talk-Mark-Hollis/12307963901

And they're apparently taking questions for James Marsh, the guy who did all the album/single artwork.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 14:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

I mean that while 'Spirit of Eden' is musically complex (i.e long song structures, an emphasis on sound texture and timbre etc) it's still something that I've found is quite accessible to people. I must've bought a dozen copies for friends, many of whom are mostly into easy to understand popular stuff, and everyone has enjoyed it.

A lot of popular music is complex

The Oort Locker (Tom D.), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 14:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

Or a lot of accessible music is complex, however you wanna phrase it

The Oort Locker (Tom D.), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 14:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

laughing stock because new grass is meandering perfection.

zingzing, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 14:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

I recently listened to the first 3 TT albums on repeat for an evening and it was LOVELY

ilxor lookin' boy (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 14:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

i always get these two mixed up but one of them has a song with a really prominent cowbell or something that mars it, so the other one.

DJ Get Up Kids (jim in glasgow), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

if you are talking about 'after the flood' then i don't even

ilxor lookin' boy (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

i am not talking about after the flood.

DJ Get Up Kids (jim in glasgow), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

because i just put that on and it's one of my favourite tracks off either album.

DJ Get Up Kids (jim in glasgow), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

oh it might be 'i believe in you'

yeah 'after the flood' is a tremendous achievement, and maybe even the best song called 'after the flood' (VdGG's one is fucking spectacular too)

ilxor lookin' boy (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

i always get these two mixed up but one of them has a song with a really prominent cowbell or something that mars it, so the other one.

this is totally "Desire"

akon/family (Curt1s Stephens), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

which rules

akon/family (Curt1s Stephens), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

Both of these are the best record ever made. One of them I can actually play when other people are around (and often), the other I can only hear alone and every few years, but I think about its 'forms' and 'feel' every single day.

Chatbot LeFonque (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

I didn't want to say "Desire" because that's possibly one of my 10 favourite songs ever written, and definitely my top TT track.

ilxor lookin' boy (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

I listen to these a lot less than people would probabaly imagine. And I still get accused of talking about them too much even though I don't. I listen to John Cope a LOT, though.

I think the Rainbow triptych at the start of SoE wears me out so much so that I lose attention after I Believe In You.

No, YOU'RE a disgusting savage (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah it was desire!

sorry guys. I can't get past the cowbell.

DJ Get Up Kids (jim in glasgow), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

LS i think. hard decision.

shite new answers (cutty), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

the cowbell is awesome!

shite new answers (cutty), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

Nick, that means you lose attention for one track, and that track is BEAUTY ITSELF set to tape with the greatest fadeout in the history of fadeouts

ilxor lookin' boy (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

also the verse of Desire has my favourite chord-sequence

ilxor lookin' boy (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

My first hundred listens of Spirit were on cassette so I didn't have that fatigue problem. Basically treated it as two EPs.

Chatbot LeFonque (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

Likewise I'm so worn out by the start of New Grass that I float through that track (my favourite) and have pretty much no idea what happens afterwards. Luckily Runei is conducive to this.

No, YOU'RE a disgusting savage (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

Have any of you dudes heard Laughing Stock the song, by Love?

No, YOU'RE a disgusting savage (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

Laughing Stock the song, by Grandaddy, is good

Nick ffs Runeii is fucking astonishing and as I keep saying its air of finality is absolute - it's one of the most certain pieces of music I've heard

ilxor lookin' boy (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 16 March 2010 15:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 19 March 2010 00:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

Wow, the incredibly thrilling thing about these results is that there are 67 people on here who care about these two records!

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 19 March 2010 00:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

Haha right down the goddamn middle or close enough.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 19 March 2010 00:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

Ah, I feel like my 11th hour Laughing Stock listen (and conclusion that I just prefer SoE*) paid off. Unless you wanted a draw all along.

*Heard SoE first, then the Mark Hollis and Colour of Spring, then LS.

useless chamber, Friday, 19 March 2010 00:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

wow, that close eh?! I totally agree with Glenn, It is nice to know that this many people are interested in these two brilliant and influential albums. These have recently really informed the music I have been making, and they are two of my al;l time favorite albums.

I am become death, Friday, 19 March 2010 07:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

Ooh, glad I bothered to vote (for SoE).

anagram, Friday, 19 March 2010 08:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

I voted SoE, but that's a very fair result. I still listen to The Colour of Spring more than either of these two, am a huge fan of their earlier poppier stuff too and as ilxor says upthread, that was really the bridging point.

Bill A, Friday, 19 March 2010 11:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

One of ILM's more successful polls!

The Oort Locker (Tom D.), Friday, 19 March 2010 11:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

Unless it happened and I missed it, it's always surprised me that nobody sampled the hell out of TCoS. So many ace drum breaks and other instrumental runs to be used.

Bill A, Friday, 19 March 2010 11:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

I love the bass playing on the last three Talk Talk records (stunt Danny Thompson on "TCoS" and "SoE" or not). I fondly recall an eye opening evening the first time I turned up "New Grass" loud enough to actually notice the upright pulsing beneath the surface. Who plays bass on that track? Is it that African jazz player?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 19 March 2010 12:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

Unless it happened and I missed it, it's always surprised me that nobody sampled the hell out of TCoS. So many ace drum breaks and other instrumental runs to be used.

yeah i've thought this many times. many of the tracks would work well as a re-edit 12"

shite new answers (cutty), Friday, 19 March 2010 13:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

i call it a lost balearic classic upthread, cause it's true

shite new answers (cutty), Friday, 19 March 2010 13:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

Get the Asides Besides comp.

No, YOU'RE a disgusting savage (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 19 March 2010 13:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

^^^was told this by someone IRL recently

ilxor lookin' boy (acoleuthic), Friday, 19 March 2010 13:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

Asides Besides is totally worth owning. Sadly on my copy one track has become scratched and it's fuckin' John Cope #*&$%@&(%^*(&)@*$^*#

heck bent for pleather (Jon Lewis), Friday, 19 March 2010 15:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

Disaster! It's an amazing track. One of the most formless and floating pieces of music I've heard. Also, 'It's Getting Late in the Evening' is, for me, the exact moment, 'Chameleon Day' aside perhaps, where Talk Talk shifted from the band of 'Colour of Spring' to that which created 'Spirit of Eden'

AnotherDeadHero, Friday, 19 March 2010 16:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah there are about 6 or 7 tracks on the 2nd disc of Asides Besides which no Talk Talk fan can afford to be without.

heck bent for pleather (Jon Lewis), Friday, 19 March 2010 16:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

am guessing 'the last 5 especially'

ilxor lookin' boy (acoleuthic), Friday, 19 March 2010 16:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

I've never really felt much for 'Pictures of Bernadette' to be honest. I find the hook a bit annoying to be honest.

AnotherDeadHero, Friday, 19 March 2010 16:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

The Bsides for It's My Life are grebt too. But yeah the Colour and Spirit ones are essential.

heck bent for pleather (Jon Lewis), Friday, 19 March 2010 16:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

i forgot to vote. i would have voted for laughing stock.

scott seward, Friday, 19 March 2010 17:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

but, you know, i love them both. but if i go by what i've played the most it would be laughing stock. probably played it at least 150 times. same with colour of spring. spirit of eden probably been played a hundred times.

scott seward, Friday, 19 March 2010 17:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

Bernadette is awesome. Why Is It So Hard? is the secret treasure though.

No, YOU'RE a disgusting savage (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 19 March 2010 18:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

can anyone say anything about the differences between the original SoE and the 1997 remaster? I see the remaster now and again for about 5 euros and keep wondering whether to get it.

and, does anyone have the Missing Pieces comp? Not essential, but one track is an interesting collage of LS material. Also contains a solo Mark Hollis piano piece.

Duke, Friday, 19 March 2010 21:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

what are the "Missing Pieces comp" and the "asides besides comp"?

I am become death, Saturday, 20 March 2010 07:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

Asides Besides is a 2CD compilation released in 1998ish (alongside the remastered albums) which compiles the band's b-sides and alternative versions of a-sides; i.e. 12" mixes, etc. Well worth getting.

Missing Pieces is a 1CD compilation from circa 1992 that has alternate/demo versions of some LS songs. I d/l'd it many moons ago and wasn't impressed enough to buy a physical copy.

Asides Besides has John Cope on it, though, which you NEED to hear. Also many other fine tunes.

No, YOU'RE a disgusting savage (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 20 March 2010 08:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

'Missing Pieces' is worth picking up if your obsessed by 'Laughing Stock' I suppose. The outtakes are ever so slightly different from the album. 'Stump' is an interesting enough jam piece. It's probably worth it just for the extended Mark Hollis piano track at the end which is otherwise impossible to find.

I'll happily second the above posts heavy recommendation of 'Asides Bsides'. 'John Cope' is essential later Talk Talk.

Not sure about that remaster. I've never heard the original cd issue but I do have a vinyl copy but that's a different experience altogether. I'd be interested to hear further thoughts on the remaster though. Like whether it's actually as remaster or just a reissue. I did shell out a few years back on a SACD copy of 'Spirit of Eden' but I've never had the chance to hear it on a SACD player yet. One day . . .

AnotherDeadHero, Saturday, 20 March 2010 10:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

i forgot to vote as well. in the past i used to prefer spirit of eden as it seemed to be more like free flowing chamber jazz which i like as a concept. it took me more time to love laughing stock. i think laughing stock's highs are higher (esp. new grass which probably is my favourite all-time song of anyone) whereas spirit seems to flow better. so in the end i think a real tie would have been adequate.

alex in mainhattan, Saturday, 20 March 2010 11:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

Get the Asides Besides comp.

Echoing this.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Saturday, 20 March 2010 17:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

xpost: I'm quite sure the 1997 CD is a remaster of SoE (it is listed as such on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Spirit-Eden-Remastered-Talk/dp/B000005RS5/ref=pd_bxgy_m_h__img_b)

I too have both albums on vinyl as well as CD, but my SoE vinyl is a rather crackly, beaten 2nd hand copy.

I'lll definitely be picking up Asides... after the love shown for it here.

Duke, Saturday, 20 March 2010 18:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

"It's Getting Late in the Evening" is just absolutely gorgeous. That, "John Cope," and "For What It's Worth" are why you can't live without Asides Besides.

And I wish somebody would publish a giant coffee table book with all the illustrations from Talk Talk's albums and singles.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Saturday, 20 March 2010 21:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

Didn't vote, either. I would probably have voted LS, but you know, it's like trying to quantify the difference between heaven and paradise, really.

Lostandfound, Sunday, 21 March 2010 05:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Spirit of Eden Vinyl Reissue from EMI coming early April with 24bit WAV files on Bonus DVD.

Gentlemen.....stop your ebaying......

my opinionation (Hamildan), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 23:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

I picked up a sealed copy of that a couple months ago for dirt cheap.

van smack, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 00:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

I bought Spirit of Eden reissued on vinyl in December? They tacked John Cope on the end of side 2.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 01:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

ooh, they're doing colour of spring, too!

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 01:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

John Cope is a great track but I have problems with including it on the vinyl version of SoE. Not only does it mess with the song cycle (and there's no choice to drop it with a custom playlist), but conceivably the grooves would be made tighter to accommodate the extra track.

I assume that the digital files that accompany this new version will be 24bit/96khz? Wondering how these will compare with the SACD version from 2006.

doug watson, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 01:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

the john cope version is a BOOTLEG dawgs

cutty, Thursday, 16 February 2012 22:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

The way to do it is a bonus 7" with John Cope b/w It's Getting Late In The Evening

Axolotl with an Atlatl (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 16 February 2012 23:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Spirit of Eden Vinyl Reissue from EMI coming early April with 24bit WAV files on Bonus DVD"

well fuck it might be time to stick my sacds on ebay then

akm, Thursday, 16 February 2012 23:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

I would have probably voted for 'Spirit Of Eden' in this, but for me this is definitely a bit of a tough one to call.

Turrican, Friday, 17 February 2012 23:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was listening to these albums again for the first time in a while recently. I still rate them both about equally, but would give LS the slight edge because of "New Grass". The last ninety seconds of that song is the most profoundly moving passage of music I've ever heard, although even saying that is to banalise it, without wishing to be too lofty. :)

Freedom, Saturday, 18 February 2012 17:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

I may have mentioned it somewhere upthread, but I'd heard that song so many times before I ever really even noticed the bass line. It was one of the closest things I've ever had to a true musical epiphany. Now I turn it way up and get lost in the low end.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 18 February 2012 20:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Something I wrote about that song in my blog a couple of years ago:

Talk Talk - New Grass
This is the song I'd play to someone just about to kill himself. No. Maybe that should say that's the song I would play to myself if I was about to leave this world on my own. The beauty of this song transcends the appeal death could have for someone who has lost all hope. It is the warmest, most caressing, most soothing song on Laughing Stock. It's a holy song, the lyrics use Christian terminology: sacrament, Christ, heaven, vow. Mark Hollis is English, if he had been from India he would sing about Vishnu or Krishna, the words and names don't matter. It's all about the music. What reaches our brain via the ears directly without the interference of the ratio. Call it truth, love or anything. I think I would call it trust.

alex in mainhattan, Sunday, 19 February 2012 08:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

both equally overrated

Poliopolice, Sunday, 19 February 2012 08:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

I first listened to Spirit of Eden at a time of crisis in my life. It was the year I graduated college and my first love/first relationship ended. I was at rock bottom. Spirit of Eden was the most deeply moving and spiritually cathartic album I had ever heard.

Around the same time, I had also listened to similar albums such as Hex (Bark Psychosis) which became one of my favorite albums and is, for me, perfect late-night listening and the quintessential winter album. At this time, I listened to Laughing Stock, as well, and, although its instrumental complexities were entrancing, it simply did not speak to my emotions the way Spirit of Eden did.

Spirit of Eden is still the album I go to when I'm at my lowest and searching for my path.

It's one of my Desert Island albums, alongside
A Storm in Heaven (The Verve)
No Other (Gene Clark)
Lazer Guided Melodies (Spiritualized)

Graveyard Poet, Monday, 25 February 2013 09:35 (1 year ago) Permalink


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