MARK HOLLIS – MARK HOLLIS (1998)

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MARK HOLLIS

“One song among us all”

Artist: Mark Hollis
Released: 26 January 1998
Genre: Chamber Folk, Chamber Jazz (+ light touches of Post-Rock)
Label: Polydor
Producer: Mark Hollis
Length: 47:00
Best Track: The Colour of Spring

TRACKS: 1) The Colour of Spring; 2) Watershed; 3) Inside Looking Out; 4) The Gift; 5) A Life (1895 – 1915); 6) Westward Bound; 7) The Daily Planet; 8) A New Jerusalem

To commemorate the memory of Mark Hollis (1955 – 2019), I will be reviewing Talk Talk’s last three records, as well as his self-titled solo album, so as to explore his experimentation in the genre of post-rock.

Previous reviews include: The Colour of Spring (1986), Spirit of Eden (1988), Laughing Stock (1991)

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TALK TALK – LAUGHING STOCK (1991)

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LAUGHING STOCK

“Reflected in returning love you sing”

Artist: Talk Talk
Released: 16 September 1991
Genre: Post-Rock
Label: Verve (offshoot of Polydor)
Producer: Tim Friese-Greene
Length: 42:57
Best Track: Runeii

TRACKS: 1) Myrrhman; 2) Ascension Day; 3) After the Flood; 4) Taphead; 5) New Grass; 6) Runeii

To commemorate the memory of Mark Hollis (1955 – 2019), I will be reviewing Talk Talk’s last three records, as well as his self-titled solo album, so as to explore his experimentation in the genre of post-rock.

Previous reviews include: The Colour of Spring (1986), Spirit of Eden (1988)

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TALK TALK – SPIRIT OF EDEN (1988)

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SPIRIT OF EDEN

“Everybody needs someone to live by”

Artist: Talk Talk
Released: 16 September 1988
Genre: Post-Rock, Art Rock
Label: Parlophone (subsidiary of EMI)
Producer: Tim Friese-Greene
Length: 40:28
Best Track: Wealth

TRACKS: 1) The Rainbow; 2) Eden; 3) Desire; 4) Inheritance; 5) I Believe in You; 6) Wealth

To commemorate the memory of Mark Hollis (1955 – 2019), I will be reviewing Talk Talk’s last three records, as well as his self-titled solo album, so as to explore his experimentation in the genre of post-rock.

Previous reviews include: The Colour of Spring (1986)

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TALK TALK – THE COLOUR OF SPRING (1986)

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THE COLOUR OF SPRING

“As bad as bad becomes it’s not a part of you”

Artist: Talk Talk
Released: 1986
Genre: Art Pop
Label: EMI
Producer: Tim Friese-Greene
Length: 45:44
Best Track: Time It’s Time

TRACKS: 1) Happiness Is Easy; 2) I Don’t Believe in You; 3) Life’s What You Make It; 4) April 4th; 5) Living in Another World; 6) Give It Up; 7) Chameleon Day; 8) Time It’s Time

Talk Talk’s primary lineup comprised vocalist/lead songwriter Mark Hollis, drummer Lee Harris, and bassist Paul Webb. Though they are known for hit pop singles such as “It’s My Life” and “Life’s What You Make It”, they are also considered one of the forefathers of post-rock, with their final releases Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock being two of the earliest albums of the genre.

To commemorate the memory of Mark Hollis (1955 – 2019), I will be reviewing Talk Talk’s last three records, as well as his self-titled solo album, so as to explore his experimentation in the genre of post-rock.

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RUSH – ROLL THE BONES (1991)

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ROLL THE BONES

“Playing for time, don’t want to wait for heaven”

Artist: Rush
Released: 5 September 1991
Genre: Progressive Rock, Hard Rock
Label: Anthem
Producer: Rupert Hine, Rush
Length: 48:07
Issue Date: 1991
Best Track: Bravado

TRACKS: 1) Dreamline; 2) Bravado; 3) Roll the Bones; 4) Face Up; 5) Where’s My Thing? (Part IV, “Gangster of Boats” Trilogy); 6) The Big Wheel; 7) Heresy; 8) Ghost of a Chance; 9) Neurotica; 10) You Bet Your Life

For most of their existence, Rush have consisted of vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer/lyricist Neil Peart. With almost 20 studio albums over 30 years, they were a very notable case of a progressive rock band retaining their identity throughout their entire career — even through the 1980s, where other acts of that genre had faltered due to commercial pressure. Many of their defining characteristics are highly recognizable: these include their mix of complex musicality with hard rock hooks, their exploration of sci-fi/fantasy topics, and the individualist undertone that runs through a lot of their lyrics.

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MICHAEL JACKSON – DANGEROUS (1991)

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DANGEROUS

“Don’t try to understand me, because your words just aren’t enough”

Artist: Michael Jackson
Released: 12 November 1991
Genre: Pop, New Jack Swing
Label: Epic
Producer: Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Bruce Sweden, Bill Bottrell
Length: 1:17:00
Best Track: Black or White, Give in to Me, or Gone Too Soon

TRACKS: 1) Jam; 2) Why You Wanna Trip on Me; 3) In the Closet; 4) She Drives Me Wild; 5) Remember the Time; 6) Can’t Let Her Get Away; 7) Heal the World; 8) Black or White; 9) Who Is It; 10) Give in to Me; 11) Will You Be There; 12) Keep the Faith; 13) Gone Too Soon; 14) Dangerous

Michael Jackson (1958 – 2009) is potentially the most recognizable artist in the entire history of recorded music. Though his legacy rests only on a handful of studio albums, each contains a multitude of massive hits that are an integral part of the 1980s/90s pop landscape. Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous, and HIStory: Past Present and Future – Book I (1995) all rank among the best-selling albums of all time, with Thriller taking the top spot.

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PILOTREDSUN – ACHIEVEMENT (2016)

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ACHIEVEMENT

Artist: pilotredsun
Released: 29 March 2016
Genre: IDM, Sequencer Music
Label: n/a
Producer: pilotredsun
Length: 45:13
Issue Date: 2016 (Digital download from Bandcamp)
Best Track: fat cat

TRACKS: 1) greetings; 2) fat cat; 3) casino night; 4) warsaw; 5) canals; 6) sadpad; 7) 8-train; 8) bodybuilder; 9) funny animals; 10) snow day; 11) deathly; 12) thanks

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