COLOUR OF SPRING: THE POLL

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their best album

Poll Results

OptionVotes
"Living in Another World" 6
"Life's What You Make It" 5
"Happiness Is Easy" 4
"I Don't Believe in You" 3
"Give It Up" 2
"Time It's Time" 2
"April 5th" 0
"Chameleon Day" 0


Big Fate (as Alvin 'Xzibit' Joiner) (history mayne), Thursday, 15 April 2010 15:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

Still my favorite, and "Life's What You Make It" is a marvel.

Throwing Muses are reuniting for my next orgasm! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 15 April 2010 15:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ooh this is hard. It's down to "I Don't Believe In You", "April 5th", "Living In Another World" and "Time It's Time".

Tim F, Thursday, 15 April 2010 15:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

Not the cool answer (it doesn't "prefigure their mature phase") but I love "Living in Another World".

seandalai, Thursday, 15 April 2010 15:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

im going with "time it's time"

end of it has me welling up

Big Fate (as Alvin 'Xzibit' Joiner) (history mayne), Thursday, 15 April 2010 15:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

it doesn't "prefigure their mature phase"

think it was cutty who said this elsewhere (or maybe it's a thing already) but it's mad balearic

Big Fate (as Alvin 'Xzibit' Joiner) (history mayne), Thursday, 15 April 2010 15:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

xp Yeah if "Time It's Time" ends up being my choice what will have clinched it is the keyshift from OH NOES melodrama to final scene in first Star Wars film TRIUMPH.

Tim F, Thursday, 15 April 2010 15:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Happiness Is Easy"

Euler, Thursday, 15 April 2010 15:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Give It Up" -- but this is my favorite TT album, and one of my favorite albums ever. It's perfect.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Thursday, 15 April 2010 15:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

i'll just leave that there

dazzle shjips (Future_Perfect), Thursday, 15 April 2010 16:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

Interesting. Never heard this version!

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Thursday, 15 April 2010 16:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

Well then. On one hand she has the good taste to cover this song... on the other hand, it's Sarah McLachlan and she effectively half-asses the song and butchers it to all fucking hell.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Thursday, 15 April 2010 16:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

torn between:
i don't believe in you -- the synth/guitar/whatever solo gives me chills
living in another world -- "did i see tenderness where you see hell? did i see angels in the hand i held?" really pulls on my heart-strings. plus the song FUCKIN' ROCKS MAN! dig that harmonica
give it up -- not really sure what to say about this one other than the chorus really just nails it and i can't stop listening to it

dazzle shjips (Future_Perfect), Thursday, 15 April 2010 16:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

I like the idea of a transitional Talk Talk album, but CoS doesn't really appeal to me as a cohesive work. the way it jumps from gauzy, downbeat tracks like "April 5th" to relatively poppy fare like "Living in Another World" is just too jarring for my taste. a lot of the time I skip over the singles (which are great on their own) and listen to the dreamier stuff all at once, as sort of an EP-length precursor to Spirit of Eden.

I'm much more likely to listen to It's My Life (which deserves its own poll) straight through.

unregistered, Thursday, 15 April 2010 16:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

Tough to choose from this album. I prefer the extended version of "Life's What You Make It" to the original.

van smack, Thursday, 15 April 2010 16:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

Just listened for the first time in about a year and voting for 'Time It's Time' because that's the one that made my eyes water. But 'Don't Believe' and 'Give It Up' cut it real close.

BTW everyone voting in this poll needs to hear the live album from this tour, so awesome.

Literally love this band so much it hurts.

I Smell Xasthur Williams (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 15 April 2010 18:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

voting for 'Time It's Time' because that's the one that made my eyes water

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I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Thursday, 15 April 2010 18:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

This was one of the hardest polls to vote in, i had to play the album again to try and make a decision. I went for I Don't Believe in You but I could have picked almost any of the songs.

This is only my third favourite album of theirs but it's so perfect, It really shows what an amazing band they were.

Kitchen Person, Sunday, 18 April 2010 20:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

Living in Another World

babbylon falling (Curt1s Stephens), Sunday, 18 April 2010 21:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 23 April 2010 23:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

'Happiness Is Easy', one of my favourite opening tracks of all time.

Gavin in Leeds, Friday, 23 April 2010 23:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

every thing's aaaaaall right

jed_, Saturday, 24 April 2010 00:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

Voted for "Living In Another World", which is a great pop song that still would have sounded better with a fully (preferrably analogue) electronic backing.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Saturday, 24 April 2010 01:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

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and ya thought that shit played out in ILX (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 24 April 2010 01:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

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

System, Saturday, 24 April 2010 23:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

Needs more votes!

(i.e., album needs more listeners!!)

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Sunday, 25 April 2010 00:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

funny how the 2 tracks that didn't get any votes are the ones that most obviously "prefigure their mature phase".

screamin' lord sufj (unregistered), Sunday, 25 April 2010 02:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

Because they're so damn good at writing pop songs!

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Sunday, 25 April 2010 16:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

"April 5th" is one of my favourites on this album but I think ilxor basically gets at it - at this point they were still in pop songwriting mode and I think it's be very weird to really like this album and not route that appreciation through enjoyment of the songs qua songs. There's great atmospheric production here but it all comes together so well as these fabulously overwrought pop songs. Why not just listen to Spirit of Eden if atmosphere per se is what you want from Talk Talk.

By SOE/LS obviously they'd abandoned that and in some ways song polls of those albums would make less sense - I think of my love of those albums as love for the whole albums or for specific moments: the children's choir breaking in during "I Believe In You", the guitar solo in "Ascension Day", the woodwind climax of "Taphead" etc.

Tim F, Sunday, 25 April 2010 23:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

Well said.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Monday, 26 April 2010 00:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...

guys the moment when the recorder ensemble takes over from the choir at the end of Time It's Time ;_; ;_; ;_;

or at night (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 6 July 2017 21:04 (four months ago) Permalink

Crey 5ever

Tim F, Thursday, 6 July 2017 21:31 (four months ago) Permalink

'Happiness is Easy' is such a beautifully recorded piece of ear candy.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Thursday, 6 July 2017 21:33 (four months ago) Permalink

Time It's Time for me. No idea how they managed to make a recorder group sound so great and epic

Shat Parp (dog latin), Friday, 7 July 2017 08:15 (four months ago) Permalink

haha just saw Jon not Jon's post
* high fives over the internet *

Shat Parp (dog latin), Friday, 7 July 2017 08:15 (four months ago) Permalink

I spent a lot of time with this album last Autumn. It's perfect for that time of year. Nice to be revisiting it now. I should buy a hard copy of it.
Man, those piano chords and the various instruments that chime in and out of the mix at the start of Happiness Is Easy - it's got that stormy, 'come in for a mug of cocoa' vibe that's shared with other songs of around that time, like 'Running Up That Hill'.

Shat Parp (dog latin), Friday, 7 July 2017 08:35 (four months ago) Permalink

Do love this album so much. It would be their best album by far if they had stopped here. Somehow, they managed to get better.

This single has one of their best songs of the era on the b-side.

I did have this on an old external drive that crashed. I haven't heard it in a long time, but it's a fantastic document of the band in this era.

Austin, Friday, 7 July 2017 15:21 (four months ago) Permalink

All of the b-sides from this era are outstanding... It's Getting Late in the Evening, For What It's Worth, and apparently John Cope is a Colour of Spring-era track as well. Add April 5th and Chameleon Day and you end up with an transitional-period EP that's as good as Spirit of Eden or Laughing Stock.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Friday, 7 July 2017 15:34 (four months ago) Permalink

otm (but I did not know that about john cope -- makes sense!)

or at night (Jon not Jon), Friday, 7 July 2017 15:45 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I used to have that Asides Besides compilation, but somehow foolishly got rid of it for some no doubt idiotic reason. It was good, but the ratio of how much the last five tracks on disc two were played in comparison to the rest of the collection was totally lopsided.

Austin, Friday, 7 July 2017 16:14 (four months ago) Permalink

i generally play the whole of disc 2. Sadly, 'John Cope' on my copy has a bad scratch

or at night (Jon not Jon), Friday, 7 July 2017 17:28 (four months ago) Permalink

"John Cope" is such a great b-side. Paul Webb's bass rules. And the a-side is one of their best songs, probably their richest one. On the 33 series thread someone wrote about writing a book just on that one song. I totally get that idea. "I believe in you" is a miracle. I think it deserves a thread on its own.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 7 July 2017 20:53 (four months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

there's never been a decent documentary on these guys has there?

piscesx, Friday, 8 September 2017 18:07 (two months ago) Permalink


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