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Talk Talk: Laughing Stock

Betty Page, Vox, October 1991

BACK IN 1981, Talk Talk were a laughing stock. Branded "the new Duran Duran", their melan­choly pop was largely ignored. They survived the '80s by having a measured success in Europe, which enabled main man Mark Hollis to venture into more experimental areas. This cul­minated in their last album, the extraordinary Spirit Of Eden, about as removed from their pop beginnings as Ornette Coleman is from Spandau Ballet.

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