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Spirit of Eden
     

Spirit of Eden

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by Talk Talk
 

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Compare Spirit of Eden with any other previous release in the Talk Talk catalog, and it's almost impossible to believe it's the work of the same band -- exchanging electronics for live, organic sounds and rejecting structure in favor of mood and atmosphere, the album is an unprecedented breakthrough, a

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Compare Spirit of Eden with any other previous release in the Talk Talk catalog, and it's almost impossible to believe it's the work of the same band -- exchanging electronics for live, organic sounds and rejecting structure in favor of mood and atmosphere, the album is an unprecedented breakthrough, a musical and emotional catharsis of immense power. Mark Hollis' songs exist far outside of the pop idiom, drawing instead on ambient textures, jazz-like arrangements, and avant-garde accents; for all of their intricacy and delicate beauty, compositions like "Inheritance" and "I Believe in You" also possess an elemental strength -- Hollis' oblique lyrics speak to themes of loss and redemption with understated grace, and his hauntingly poignant vocals evoke wrenching spiritual turmoil tempered with unflagging hope. A singular musical experience.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2001
Label:
Nettwerk Records
UPC:
0077774697729
catalogNumber:
46977

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Talk Talk   Primary Artist
Henry Lowther   Trumpet
Nigel Kennedy   Violin
Hugh Davies   Shozygs
Martin Ditcham   Percussion
Mark Feltham   Harmonica
Tim Friese-Greene   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Harmonium
Lee Harris   Drums
Mark Hollis   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Christopher Hooker   English Horn,Cor anglais
Robbie McIntosh   Dobro,12-string Guitar
Paul Webb   Bass,Electric Bass
Hugh Davis   Shozygs
Danny Thompson   Bass,Double Bass
Michael Jeans   Oboe
Andrew Marriner   Clarinet
Andrew Stowell   Bassoon
Choir of Chelmsford Cathedral   Choir, Chorus
Simon Edwards   Bass,6-string bass

Technical Credits

Phil Brown   Engineer
Tim Friese-Greene   Composer,Producer
Mark Hollis   Composer,Producer
Rob Crane   Artwork
James Marsh   Illustrations,Cover Painting,Cover Illustration
Phill Brown   Engineer

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Spirit of Eden 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm hard pressed to name another release that even approaches this music. mark Hollis sings as if he's standing on eggshells. The music is staggering in complexity, grandeur, and scope. "Laughing Stock" should be purchased as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Talk Talk started to sound like a different band after Its My Life.....Ive always thought this is who influenced Radiohead.....Spirit of Eden was a record that set a new bar for bands to aspire to....few have.This is a record that everyone should own....I would pay anything to see this record performed live.....Talk Talk can always look back at this release and know they recorded one of the best records in history....Talk about falling on deaf ears......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago