Spirit of Eden

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/1998
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724385712920
  • Catalog Number: 571290
  • Sales rank: 31,795

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Rainbow (9:05)
  2. 2 Eden (6:37)
  3. 3 Desire (7:08)
  4. 4 Inheritance (5:19)
  5. 5 I Believe in You (6:08)
  6. 6 Wealth (6:35)
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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
Hugh Davies Contributor
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic

    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......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One Of The Most Unique

    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.

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