"The refernce to Eden in the title is very appropriate. There is something primal about the music on this Cd, a kind of stripped down beauty only hinting at the power it possesses, the power of nature itself. Talk Talk discarded almost everything that made them recognisable as a band, eschewing programmed synths and predictable song structures, in fact all the trappings of the lacklustre new romantic movement, and forged ahead into new, organic territory. The record is warm and extremely spacious, with a plethora of instruments sprinkled throughout the lengthy pieces, each player neglecting virtuoso performances and instead contributing to the overall dynamic, the massive group sound the album is geared towards. Its hardly surprising that this album took 14 months to record, that it was done in a deserted church or that, of course, the record label dropped them after being unable to find anything even approximating to a single on here. The six songs conatined here essentially defy any kind of description, as there is little ground for comparison with any music I've heard yet. They are pften long, often seem to meander into each other and rarely include the same type of instrumentation. Each piece is mellow and relaxing, with guitar used very sparingly, a strategy that is most effective on the second track, 'Eden'. Hollise's plaintive vocals retain some of the new wave incompetence and general incoherence, but he has an extremely powerful voice which fits the delicate, rambling nature of the dongs perfectly. Not that the songs are directionless though, as repeated lisrens reveal structure but very little that is predictable. The epic opener 'The Rainbow' starts out with some careful jamming and descends into a miniscule verse and a chorus that leaves one drained as it fades away. 'Desire' has a jaw dropping percusive section right in the middle, which melts back into the chorus so easily its hard to comprehend how clever what youv'e just heard really is. 'Wealth' the closer, is almst too plaintive, with Hollis baring his heart over hardly any instrumentation.
This is progressive, forward thinking music in its most raw, pure form, done exactly as it should be done: without a hint of pretension, with skill used effectively, creating music that is challenging but ultimately very accessible and never boring. This Cd is utterly unique and that seems reason enough to recommend it to everyone to me. It will reward careful repeated listens by open minded people who are willing to give a chance to something new and pretty. Powerful, cathartic, raw, pure emotional, experimental, relaxing, essential. An incomparable experince, and simply one of the best albums yet recorded." amazon
1. The Rainbow / 2. Eden / 3. Desire
5. I Believe In You
Lee Harris - drums; Paul Webb - electric bass; Tim Friese - Greene-harmonium, piano, organ, guitar; Mark Hollis - vocal, piano, organ, guitar; Martin Ditcham - percussion; Robbie Mc Intosh - dobro, 12 string guitar; Mark Feltham - harmonica; Simon Edwards - Mexican bass; Danny Thompson - Double bass; Henry Lowther - trumpet; Nigel Kennedy - violin; Hugh Davis - shozygs; Andrew Stowell - bassoon; Michael Jeans - oboe; Andrew Marriner - clarinet; Christopher Hooker - cor anglais ; Choir of Chelmsford Cathedral.