Poll's What You Make It: The Talk Talk / Mark Hollis Albums Poll

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RIP Mark. Surprised this hadn't been done yet here.

Poll Results

Laughing Stock (1991) 44
Spirit of Eden (1988) 35
The Colour of Spring (1986) 25
Mark Hollis (1998) 15
It's My Life (1984) 5
The Party's Over (1982) 4

octobeard, Saturday, 2 March 2019 10:10 (two months ago) Permalink

With 'first thought, best thought' in mind, I'll go with Laughing Stock.

pomenitul, Saturday, 2 March 2019 10:27 (two months ago) Permalink

The s/t would be second, with Spirit of Eden a very close third.

pomenitul, Saturday, 2 March 2019 10:28 (two months ago) Permalink

SoE is my first thought, but i’m slowly revisiting all of them at the moment so that might change

kolarov spring (NickB), Saturday, 2 March 2019 10:42 (two months ago) Permalink

I did spin the "Streets" comp yesterday

Mark G, Saturday, 2 March 2019 10:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Instinctively, Colour of Spring but it could be any of the final three Talk Talk records.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Saturday, 2 March 2019 11:53 (two months ago) Permalink

Laughing Stock. Nearly voted CoS.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 2 March 2019 22:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Write-in vote for London 1986.

Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 3 March 2019 13:37 (two months ago) Permalink



Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 3 March 2019 13:50 (two months ago) Permalink

Colour of Spring for me by a nose

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 3 March 2019 13:56 (two months ago) Permalink

The Colour of Spring as the key transitional album, part of the Songs from the Big Chair and So lineage but starting the retreat to quieter climes.

Let's have sensible centrist armageddon (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 3 March 2019 14:14 (two months ago) Permalink

Spirit of Eden

⅋ (crüt), Sunday, 3 March 2019 15:16 (two months ago) Permalink

...is the correct answer.

yugi ex, Sunday, 3 March 2019 15:29 (two months ago) Permalink

Laughing Stock. Nearly voted CoS.

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J. Sam, Sunday, 3 March 2019 18:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Spirit of Eden

Duke, Sunday, 3 March 2019 19:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Or Laughing Stock. Gaahh

Duke, Sunday, 3 March 2019 19:19 (two months ago) Permalink

I haven't heard the first two albums. CoS vs. SoE for me. Can't choose.

The Vangelis of Dating (Tom D.), Sunday, 3 March 2019 20:43 (two months ago) Permalink

Another vote for London '86, the version of Does Caroline Know? on this just floors me every time.

Fried Egg Sandwich, Sunday, 3 March 2019 20:53 (two months ago) Permalink

Mark Hollis' solo album seems a bit underrated here. I feel it's easily on a similar level to Laughing Stock at the very least. I haven't voted yet, but it's a tough pick between the last 4 records

octobeard, Monday, 4 March 2019 22:30 (two months ago) Permalink

idk y'all are we sure that colour of spring isn't the best one

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 04:23 (two months ago) Permalink

that's what I voted for

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 04:23 (two months ago) Permalink

i hope someone votes for it's my life bc it's great

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 04:24 (two months ago) Permalink

Mark Hollis' solo album seems a bit underrated here

I almost voted for it fwiw.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 09:40 (two months ago) Permalink

I voted for it.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 12:17 (two months ago) Permalink

same, the way the last tt records push towards their ends is feature not flaw but i can spend way more time in the s/t

lowercase (eric), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 12:47 (two months ago) Permalink

I would just like to say that for all my pooh-pooh'ing of Laughing Stock, Ascension Day is the best mixed song I've ever heard

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 13:04 (two months ago) Permalink

the colour of spring just edges out laughing stock for me i think

ufo, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 14:05 (two months ago) Permalink

Each brilliant, but it simply cannot be anything other than SPIRIT OF EDEN for me.

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 14:33 (two months ago) Permalink

i have to agree there, alex. if there would be only "i believe in you" on it, it would still win the poll for me.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 15:18 (two months ago) Permalink

between colour of spring and laughing stock for me, probably going with laughing stock for that incredible moment at the end of ascension day when it reaches peak intensity then abruptly stops, like all the musicians were raptured at that exact moment.

voodoo chili, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 15:23 (two months ago) Permalink

I went with The Colour Of Spring. Yeah the last two are master pieces but this one hits way more buttons and Time It's Time kills me every time

frame casual (dog latin), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 22:27 (two months ago) Permalink

I would just like to say that for all my pooh-pooh'ing of Laughing Stock, Ascension Day is the best mixed song I've ever heard

Holy crap, one thing amazing about this band is their productions are absolutely immaculate. Everything is just brilliantly engineered. Definitely an "audiophile" band

octobeard, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 01:34 (two months ago) Permalink

t for all my pooh-pooh'ing of Laughing Stock,

what? please explain.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 01:38 (two months ago) Permalink

This poll is really, really, really, really, really, really, really unfair. Zero guesses about what I eventually went with, though.

The Colour of Spring (deethelurker), Thursday, 7 March 2019 19:55 (two months ago) Permalink

it's between Spirit of Eden and Colour of Spring for me, but has to be SoE in the end

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 7 March 2019 19:57 (two months ago) Permalink

laughing stock. I've never heard the solo album mind

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 7 March 2019 20:19 (two months ago) Permalink

I ended up voting Spirit of Eden, even though I'm more likely to listen to Laughing Stock. The solo album is highly recommended, given that it very nearly came out as a Talk Talk album called Mountains of the Moon. Should have done, IMO.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 11 March 2019 18:44 (two months ago) Permalink

going with laughing stock by a hair over colour of spring

Neus Anneus (voodoo chili), Monday, 11 March 2019 18:54 (two months ago) Permalink

going with Spirit of Eden. The one I go to the most. The Colour of Spring is some of the most fun though

gman59, Monday, 11 March 2019 19:54 (two months ago) Permalink

Laughing stock or color of spring squad

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Monday, 11 March 2019 19:59 (two months ago) Permalink

Not sure I can vote this rn
My feelings about SoE and LS are still a bit murked up from reading Phill Brown's book which I just finished a couple of days ago
It is really something to know just how insanely dogged and grueling these sessions were - the two albums are masterpieces of consolation and transcendence but they came from a very dark process... my thoughts re: hollis' withdrawal have shifted away from the usual 'couldn't take the bullshit and the forced explication' and 'reached a sibelian ne plus ultra' and toward 'maybe he could not face going through his self imposed recording process anymore' (all three things are true I guess)

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Monday, 11 March 2019 20:09 (two months ago) Permalink

my thoughts on having to choose from one of the last three albums is that I can't take the bullshit and the forced explication and I cannot face going through this self-imposed exclusion process anymore.

Tim F, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 04:36 (two months ago) Permalink

Prob said, apols "I had the Mark Hollis solo one, did try it, didn't make any impression" (repeated for context)

Anyway, I did play "Laughing Stock" off Spotty, blimey it's a bit good! Will investigate further.

I didn't get through it all, I had that "I trawl the Megahertz" on first, not a million miles away, what you think?

(before that, it was Dr Alimantado "Best Dressed Chicken in Town" which *is* quite a few miles away..)

Mark G, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 07:15 (two months ago) Permalink

I ended up going with the Colour of Spring... after giving everything a go, that one stuck out as the best balance of the band's sound and as much as I love the next three, the drums on Spring really won me over.

octobeard, Sunday, 24 March 2019 20:48 (two months ago) Permalink

holy hell, it's like picking my favorite childhood pet.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Sunday, 24 March 2019 20:57 (two months ago) Permalink

What book are you referring to, Jon? "Are We Still Rolling"?

Duke, Sunday, 24 March 2019 21:23 (two months ago) Permalink

Reading the Amazon reviews has answered my question.. Must check it out

Duke, Sunday, 24 March 2019 21:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Gotta say, ordinarily I would argue my case for my pick but this is honestly the first poll I've participated in where I'd be equally happy with whatever garners the most votes, no matter the choice. Mark Hollis didn't release a lot of music throughout the years but each one was a masterpiece.

The Colour of Spring (deethelurker), Monday, 25 March 2019 17:19 (two months ago) Permalink

'Spirit of Eden' and 'Laughing Stock' are both top-100 all-time for me. But 'Mark Hollis' is top-10. All really changed my ears, and set my expectations the heights an album could reach.

Soundslike, Monday, 25 March 2019 23:37 (two months ago) Permalink

none of em set my heart a flutter like it's my life.

brimstead, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 01:14 (two months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 31 March 2019 00:01 (one month ago) Permalink

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

System, Monday, 1 April 2019 00:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Happy to see I wasn't the only 'Mark Hollis' chooser. But echoing folks above, I can't really be partisan in this mix--they're all amazing. Slightly surprised to see 'Laughing Stock' so separated from 'Spirit of Eden,' curious what the reasons will be.

Soundslike, Monday, 1 April 2019 00:14 (one month ago) Permalink

I was expecting to see either Spirit of Eden or Laughing Stock at the top, but I thought the number of votes between the two would have been much closer. These days I'm finding I get different things from these two records. Even though they were put together in a similar way, I find as time goes on I have a deeper emotional connection to Spirit of Eden, whereas Laughing Stock I appreciate on a more analytical level.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:51 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah, they're definitely quite different records in my mind these days. SoE is richer, more indulgent. Thicker somehow. It's like eating dessert without a main course, sometimes for me now. LS is spindly, harsher, more uneven. Arid at times, but not in a pejorative way.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 09:43 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm not at all surprised by the results of this poll. There aren't many of us out there who tend to lean more toward the first three albums, though I say that knowing that Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock are also perfect, perfectly satisfying albums. I must admit to not having heard the Mark Hollis solo album before, but I'll give it a shot and am sure I'll love it. (I'm guessing it's analogous to David Sylvian's Blemish or Dead Bees on a Cake, two albums of which I can never get enough.)

The Colour of Spring (deethelurker), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 20:48 (one month ago) Permalink

never really clicked with laughing stock. SOE or the self-titled. There's a coldness in laughing stock, a perfectness. I prefer the watercolour intros on spirit of eden. The feeling of group dynamics (despite what we know about the bitches brew type recording). Or the terrifying quietness of the s/t. the hum of the room, fingers sqeaking on the strings. westward bound is my favourite vocal by him, and i could almost do without his voice elsewhere, though not on I believe in you, the rainbow.

plax (ico), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 21:12 (one month ago) Permalink

wowww nearly 10 votes separating each album. wild.

gman59, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 21:53 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm more surprised at the participation... this had more votes than ballots for the EOY ballot poll.

octobeard, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 20:22 (one month ago) Permalink

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