Laughing Stock

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Virtually ignored upon its initial release, Laughing Stock continues to grow in stature and influence by leaps and bounds. Picking up where Spirit of Eden left off, the album operates outside of the accepted sphere of rock to create music which is both delicate and intense; recorded with a large classical ensemble, it defies easy categorization, conforming to very few structural precedents -- while the gently hypnotic "Myrrhman" flirts with ambient textures, the percussive "Ascension Day" drifts toward jazz before the two sensibilities converge to create something entirely new and different on "New Grass." The epic "After the Flood," on the other hand, is an atmospheric ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Virtually ignored upon its initial release, Laughing Stock continues to grow in stature and influence by leaps and bounds. Picking up where Spirit of Eden left off, the album operates outside of the accepted sphere of rock to create music which is both delicate and intense; recorded with a large classical ensemble, it defies easy categorization, conforming to very few structural precedents -- while the gently hypnotic "Myrrhman" flirts with ambient textures, the percussive "Ascension Day" drifts toward jazz before the two sensibilities converge to create something entirely new and different on "New Grass." The epic "After the Flood," on the other hand, is an atmospheric whirlpool laced with jackhammer guitar feedback and Mark Hollis' remarkably plaintive vocals; it flows into "Taphead," perhaps the most evocative, spacious, and understated piece on the record. A work of staggering complexity and immense beauty, Laughing Stock remains an under-recognized masterpiece, and its echoes can be heard throughout much of the finest experimental music issued in its wake.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/1991
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 042284771726
  • Catalog Number: 847717
  • Sales rank: 21,623

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Myrrhman (5:33)
  2. 2 Ascension Day (6:00)
  3. 3 After the Flood (9:39)
  4. 4 Taphead (7:30)
  5. 5 New Grass (9:40)
  6. 6 Runeii (4:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Talk Talk Primary Artist
Henry Lowther Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Levine Andrade Viola
Martin Ditcham Percussion
Mark Feltham Harmonica
Tim Friese-Greene Organ, Piano, Harmonium
Wilfred Gibson Viola
Jack Glickman Viola
Lee Harris Drums
Mark Hollis Organ, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Garfield Jackson Viola
Paul Kegg Cello
Ernest Mothle Bass, Acoustic Bass
George Robertson Viola
Stephen Tees Viola
Dave White Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet, Contrabass (Vocal)
Gavyn Wright Viola
Roger Smith Cello
Simon Edwards Bass, Acoustic Bass
Technical Credits
Tim Friese-Greene Composer, Producer
Mark Hollis Composer
James Marsh Cover Illustration
Phill Brown Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Highly evocative music

    I'm delighted and a bit surprised to be the first to write a review for this record. It's obviously been overlooked: maybe it is too smart for its own good, or maybe slightly misplaced historically since 1991 seems like a washer between the base and the bolt. Like most, I assume, first listening to Talk Talk was simultaneously challenging and safe--the conceptual records &amp amp quot this one included&amp amp quot are not your traditial nineties fare, but they've been discussed and praised enough that you don't necessarily feel out on a limb listening to them. The music here is spacious. Too, Laughing Stock brings with it that wonderful nineties ethos of an overeducated youth in a world not quite ready for them, yet it also feels optimistic and somehow immediate. It's transcendent presence now is probably part conscious, deliberate craft, and a bit of nostalgia on the part of the reviewer. Either way, the album is highly evocative and thoughtful. If you'd like to hear the nineties beyond what you already know and love--Pixies, Pavement, etc.--listen to this record.

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