The Colour of Spring is the third studio album by English band Talk Talk, released in February 1986. Musically, The Colour of Spring was a major step away from the synthesised pop of early Talk Talk, with a greater focus on guitars, pianos, and organs on such songs as "Life's What You Make It", "Living in Another World" and "Give It Up". It had a sound described by the band as much more organic than their earlier records, with the improvisation that was to dominate on their later works already apparent in the recording process.Wikipedia
You need to be in the right mood for this one, but if you are, it's great. You can really lose yourself in it.
I'd never heard of Talk Talk or this album before today, but I'm so glad I now know who they are. This album is gorgeous! I wish I had more time to digest the lyrics, but this review will mostly focus on its sonic characteristics. This album showcases a wide range of moods. "Chameleon Day" is almost startlingly heartbreaking, with the singer's voice changing abruptly from soft and melancholy to loud and splitting. The track is spacious and empty, accompanied only by occasional piano notes and a soft woodwind outro. In contrast, a song like "Living In Another World" combines acoustic guitar, harmonica, driving drums, rock organ, piano, and funky bass to create a lush sonic landscape. Can I comment on that organ a bit? This album is full of it, giving it a grand, religious tone. The first and maybe second tracks are obviously religious in nature, though I don't know exactly what the singer is trying to comment on. But whatever it is, it sounds great. The final song, a long, gorgeous ballad called "Time It's Time", is a fitting end to such a lush and varied album. I really never got bored over the course of these long tracks, and I'll definitely be coming back to see what more I can get from this thing. 7/10
“The Color of Spring” by Talk Talk (1986) A good album that has its flaws, mostly conceptual. In those places where the message tiptoes close to meaning (tracks 1 and 2), we find categorical moralizing without substance—they clearly want someone to feel bad, but who? Somebody wants to say something, but band mates (or managers) smother that baby in the bassinet. For the rest, there are only hints of feeling for another; only small attempts at expressing soul. But the music is good, well executed, incorporating elements of jazz, and effectively utilizing silence in distinct layers of the mix. Good dynamic contrast. Lead vocals are decent, successfully avoiding distracting from the soundscape (which, along with the excellent rhythm section, is the real musical feature here). The synthesizer arrangements were done by someone who really knows the instruments, creating sounds which merge well with the mood. Lots of free-form melodies and chord structures—but could use more harmony. Nothing jarring or out of place. Anxiety free music. This would be a good album to play in the background while working on the more routine aspects of a creative project. But I couldn’t figure out why the color palette of the cover (brown, yellow, orange) was used on an album entitled “The Colour of Spring”. I’m content to let it go. 3/5
The true artist chooses from the seemingly infinite possibilities of notation, rhythm and instrumentation to create a song so infused with the spirit and intention of its purpose that the lyrics couldn't possibly be anything else. That's alchemy.
Haven't listened to Talk Talk before, and am seriously regretting it now. Fantastic, dream-like songs that have fantastic melodies and are slightly reminiscent of late era Pink Floyd. Definitely listening to more. Favorite Song: I Don't Believe In You
This album is amazing, but I very much love this band. As such, this album must be graded on a curve. Since 5 is the best I can give, I’m forced to give this a 4. Really a 4.5, maybe even .7. The problem is, Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock are so absolutely amazing, that the 5’s are reserved for them. This album has Life’s What You Make It. So damn good
Lots to love about this. A few months ago I became pretty obsessed with the follow-up 'Spirit of Eden'. The production on both albums is incredible. Every note, tone and strum fits perfectly. The craft and dedication to create and structure the songs is something I can only praise. On top of this is the introspective and existential lyrics.
Many consider this album to be the transitonal album between prior synthpop and successive post-rock, but I believe this album stands on its way own. Indeed, Mark Hollis one said he wanted each album to be a new and different experience for his listeners, and I believe he accomplished that. With full creative control, Hollis has ditched the synths in favor of a more experimental orchestral sound. And after listening to Depeche Mode, I've grown to better appreciate elements of orchestral pop. Each track is solid and distinct, providing an engaging listen all throughout. And of course being a pop album, there are several tracks that you could just sing over and over again, with the biggest example being "Life's What You Make It." This album accomplishes what it intends to do and leads the way not just for the post-rock they end up doing, but also the orchestral pop others will follow.
This band pushed and pulled at the limits of 80s New Wave and Synth Pop in the same way that Radiohead did with 90s alt rock and Bon Iver did with 00s/10s indie rock. I’m kind of amazed I never heard of them until Mark Hollis died two years ago.
J'ai adoré cet album, je suis en revanche un peu déçu par l'attitude du chanteur sur la 5ème piste de cet album. En effet, apres de solides prestations sur les 4 premières pistes, ce dernier s'est senti poussé des ailes. Il est en effet devenu absolument intenable. Les efforts des autres membres du groupe pour tenter de le ramener a la raison furent vain, il était absolument déchainé, et ne revint dans un calme relatif qu'a la fin de la chanson. Une belle frayeur pour tous les auditeurs du générateur, qui n'entâche en rien la qualité exceptionnelle de cet album.
This esoteric, sometimes challenging record from Talk Talk bears a lot of rewards worth reaping, as it marked their divergence from straight-lace new wave into something a little more sprawling. I should start by saying how much I adore “Life’s What You Make It”. An absolute killer groove, constructed by drum machines (I think?), a live kit (possibly?) and shakers (definitely). That glorious four-note piano bass figure (you know the one)! The keyboards and soaring guitar lines layering over it are transcendental, and the lyrics (even if a bit Hallmark) are given such significance and weight by the power of the arrangement. It’s the all time great track on here and has long been a favourite of mine, earning at least two and a half of these stars on its own. Nothing else can quite match up to its power, but then it seems apparent that the band weren’t aiming for chart appeal on the same level for most of these songs. “April 5th” and “Chameleon Day” are both very sparse and take time to unfold over subtly shifting chord progressions, very tasteful woodwind or acoustic guitar ornamentations and drip-fed vocals. They’re soothing but don’t always hit me in the right place. More reliable is the gentle closer “Time It’s Time” and the urgent propulsion of “Living In Another World”, both suitably epic and dense in their scope and arrangements. While the rest of the songs aren’t constantly gripping, they’re at least flavoured by intriguing elements: “Happiness is Easy” with its jazz chords and a children’s choir backing the chorus, and “I Don’t Believe In You” for its sublime guitar solo in the second half. This has the feel of assured, intelligent and ambitious musicianship. It’s a bit lofty, at times even suggesting a new flavour of prog-rock excess in the mid 80s, but much more palatable than Talk Talk’s later work (which has yet to work its magic on me completely). Give me that opening of “Life’s What You Make It”, any day.
Very interesting. I like the sparsness, its an element I havent seen a lot in New Wave type music.
Un début très agréable jusqu'à ce que le chanteur devienne totalement incontrôlable au début de la cinquième piste. On se retrouve alors en tant qu'auditeur plongé au milieu d'une scène de négociation entre ledit chanteur et les forces de police rapidement arrivées sur les lieux. Les discussions aboutissent finalement après quelques minutes, le chanteur acceptant de terminer l'album vêtu d'une camisole et attaché à son siège.
Interesting album, and by interesting I mean boring. Very 80’s slow vibe you’d hear in some weird transition during a boring Bond movie. Might be the epitome of lack of effort 80s slow album
Yet another mediocre new wave band on the list. I'm not even surprised by it anymore. I just expect to get at least one a week. Like ALL the other so far, this is ignorable bordering on annoying. At least the singer's voice is half-decent. That earns it a two star review.
Pretty Nice music Just not in the mood
Incredible piece of work
Might even be better than Spirit Of Eden.
Descubrimiento. Tiene todo lo bueno de los ochenta. Art pop de largos desarrollos con notas de blues o jazz, que sin dejar atrás la New Wave la sobrepasa yendo un poco más allá. La línea de bajo es de Rustin Man. El cantante, Hollis, se sale. Genial.
ну наконецта лучший музыкальный жанр на свете! Хотя не знаю, насколько это можно назвать именно синтипопом, ибо попа собсна тут как будто и не особо (танцевать под это сложно, по крайней мере). Но вообще-то, если вы присмотритесь ко мне, то сможете увидеть меня, например, идущим по улице с работы домой или сидящим в офисном кресле, или лежащим на диване. Улавливаете? никаких клубов, никаких танцев. Поэтому мне так даже лучше. А альбом между тем охуенный. Тоже ловится некий ПетШопБойз вайб, но здесь, мне кажется, он скорее реверсивный — несмотря на общий год основания, чувствуется, что Толк Толк на них как минимум не меньшее влияние оказали. В общем мне очень зашло, припевы супер мелодраматичные, вокалист очень харизматичный, что удивительно зашёл даже симфоник-хор в последней песне — а я себе такое нечасто позволяю. По-настоящему не проперся только от открывашки — какая-то она чутка бесформенная, голоса эти детские не в тему, хз. Но все, что после — очень увлекательно. 9/10
Killer 80s album. I'm a bit particular about my synthwave, but these guys nailed it.
Was für wunderbare Musik das hier ist, noch auf dem Höhepunkt ihrer Popstarkarriere aufgenommen und sich dem ganzen Rummel ja schon deutlich verweigernd in ihrer zarten Versponnenheit und der weitsichtigen Melancholie, die zwischen und neben den großen Pop-Entwürfen (Life’s What You Make It; Living In Another World) überall durchscheint. Aber wie es trägt und beruhigt, dabei wach ist und klar wie ein Morgen mitte März: Big Love dafür, für alles! Talk Talk sind sicher nicht unterschätzt, aber soweit ich beurteilen kann noch nicht ausreichend gewürdigt. Muss dringend geändert werden.
I am not familiar with the TALK TALK’s THE COLOUR OF SPRING; however, I do have TALK TALK’s previous album, IT'S MY LIFE (1984) and it did not make a strong impression upon me when I got it, like around 2.5 or 3.0 After listening to THE COLOUR OF SPRING and reading about the band, I realize now how and why TALK TALK are considered important. I wasn’t aware of its significance upon the post-rock genre. Now I can see the band in a different perspective and appreciate what THE COLOUR OF SPRING brings to the table, but it took multiple listens to get there. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, THE COLOUR OF SPRING is the only album included. Rate Artist: TALK TALK (0.0) Rate Album (Year): THE COLOUR OF SPRING (1986 Original) (0.0) Ranking of TALK TALK - THE COLOUR OF SPRING songs 01) "Happiness Is Easy" 6:30 09.5/10 02) "I Don't Believe in You" 5:02 09.5/10 03) "Life's What You Make It" 4:29 10.0/10 04) "April 5th" 5:51 09.0/10 05) "Living in Another World" 6:58 10.0/10 06) "Give It Up" 5:17 10.0/10 07) "Chameleon Day" 3:20 08.5/10 08) "Time It's Time" 8:14 09.5/10 Original 1986 Release 76.0/80 = 95.0 / 2 = 4.75
A piece of art
Oh c'est vraiment une belle surprise cet album. Superbe production. Quelque part entre Peter Gabriel et Kate Bush. Avec des écouteurs c'est merveilleux.
Приятный и красивый альбом, побольше бы таких.
Very interesting album, I'll be listening to it again
Damn, what a unique and full-sounding album. Not every song works, but the sheer diversity of instrumentation in a lot of these songs just blew me away. The singing is top-notch and the hooks just take you in, can't stop listening to Living in Another World. Great underrated album.
Something new, yet very interesting. Similar to Depeche Mode, like it a lot
Nice! Bra prodd
Really good album that fits squarely into my wheelhouse stylistically. I listened to this mostly in the background, so I didn't pay particular attention to the lyrics, but really liked the sound. 4 stars.
A very impressive piece of New Wave/art rock. It's a bit long winded but I really like it after my first listen.
Hyvin samantyyppistä kasarielektroa kuin Duran Duran, ja sokkokuuntelussa nämä bändit oliskin voinut sekoittaa keskenään. Ehkä Duran Duran luottaa enemmän tarttuviin melodioihin, kun taas Talk Talkilla on hieman taiteellisempi ote tekemiseen. Erittäin positiivinen yllätyshän tämä oli. Aiemmin bändistä oli tuttua ainoastaan nimi, ja musiikkigenre oli tiedossa etäisesti. Mukavaa että listalta on alkanut löytymään enemmän tällaisia uusia tuttavuuksia joita varmasti tulee kuunneltua myöhemminkin.
Really cool sound and I had fun listening to a new band
Production: 15/20 Songwriting: 14/20 Innovation: 16/20 Bangers: 5/20 Emotional response: 14/20 =64 enjoyed
Son los de It's my life, y otras canciones conocidas.
cool drum pattern to start off Happiness Is Easy. Life's What You Make It is a good pop single. though some tones on that track come out of nowhere. This is good laundry folding music, or back yard barbequing music. Chameleon Day is very, very different from the rest of the album. Not a big fan of an 8 minute operatic ending on an album fueled by synth pop hits
Weird voice but eerily pleasant. A nice mellow ride all the way through
Bandu nie znam, nie kojarze, pierwsze widze, pierwsze slysze, ale oczywiscie brytyjska grupa z lat 80, albumik zaliczylbym do soft rocka lub artystycznego rocka, pozytywne wibracje leca przez cale 45 minut krazka, o dziwo wyspiarski wokal, a strasznie mi siadl, chociaz nie ma go zbyt wiele, bo niektore tracki sa czysto instrumentalne, ale jak jest to nie psuje kompozycji instrumentow i to jest jak dla mnie najwazniejsze, troche poor boyowe lub joelowe skojarzenia z nim mam, na plejke wrzucam opening happienes is easy oraz living in another world, trzeba bedzie sprawdzic reszte albumikow talk talka
Brilliant 80s album
For me, it's a very good album. However, it's bettered by their last albums Spirit Of Eden and Laughing Stock.
Well, that took me back and I knew I’d love it ! Especially Life’s what you Make It. ****
It's this interesting transitional album between their synthpop phase and their genre-defining post rock records
Very good album
slightly wild and very ambitious. I really liked the quick "zaps" of sounds we get coming from acoustic guitars and synths throughout the record; they get the passion across. sounds something like talking heads crossed with peter Gabriel. reminds me of a precursor to Destroyer. 7/10 rounding up.
Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Life's what you make it, Living in another world,
nostalgic good listen
Dig Talk Talk I guess!
Title track is great. I like the style a lot, the mix of instruments at the front and dominant bass makes me think of Tame Impala at times
The 2 albums they made after this are incredible, never heard this one before. Amazing they gave up pop music and started doing this
I love this band… and this album does not disappoint!
A really solid album. There’s some great melodies here and a sombre, contemplative mood throughout, which feels perfect for autumn. There’s a couple of stand out tracks (Life’s What You Make It, Give It Up) which somewhat define the British new wave sound.
Dug this a lot. Cool 80’s vibes without being too heavy on the synthesizer & electronic drums.
I've only heard Laughing Stock by these guys, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect here. I think I actually prefer this album. I have a thing for 80's music and this is right down my alley. Especially the song "Living in Another World", which is my favorite off this whole record. I will definitely listen to this one again.
Divan album. Veliki sam fan Talk Talk-a, pogotovo njihova zadnja predivna, presavršena albuma (Laughing Stock i Spirit of Eden). Ovaj album je taman prelazak u žanru glazbe. Na ovom albumu još je najglasniji taj art-pop sa naglaskom na progresivni pop sa njegovim umiljatim glasom i zašećerenim laganim jazzom. Poslije ovog albuma, nailaze dva njihova magnum opusa i s time završavaju karijeru. Da bar većina artista naprave veliki boom, nešto drugačije od onog što inače rade, i osjete da je to to, ne moraju se više pokazivati i završe karijeru.
Transcendentalno, hipnotizirajuce, graciozno i Bwitish. Talk talk can talk the talk and walk the walk.
The follow-up to It's My Life came with a sound change - less synthesizers were used, but Mark Hollis' characteristic voice and beautiful, moody, yet never boring songs make this still a true Talk Talk album. Standout: I Don't Believe in You. 4/5
A slow groove but not a plodder, deliberate impetus; jazz themes and dreamy strums and keyboards, crafted airy vocals. This does feel like a world waking to a new season. Not entirely free of 80s tropes but almost a 90s indie record.
Like a caterpillar metamorphosing into a butterfly, this is a beautiful transitional album for Talk Talk. Mark Hollis is slowly moving the band from their early synth-pop to a more progressive, atmospheric sound and they’re getting there on this album. They will peak with their later albums, Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock but this is a fine effort.
This album is immaculately constructed. The way the music builds and complements itself is masterful. Each instrument is clear and the whole is spacious and atmospheric. The production is crisp though it sounds a bit dated. Overall, I really enjoyed this album though a lot of it sounds similar.
The Colour Of Spring is something of a bridge album for Talk Talk. The prior two albums would feature a distinct synthpop sound; not especially notable but still fitting for the 80's. It would be this album, their third, that would indicate a pivot in sound. We start to see more acoustic instrumentation and a concise focus on songwriting, utilizing these instruments to layer sounds in such a way that it feels like a moving collage (imagine the album cover, but animated). In doing go, Talk Talk creates more delicate, refined sonic textures that are well-crafted. Just superb. These new songwriting skills would carry over into their following two album, in which we would see the beginnings of post-rock as a genre. As such, we should regard The Colour Of Spring as an important stepping stone for Talk Talk as they explore more sonic pallets.
I didn't immediately connect with this album on the first listen, but it grows on you. Some really lush, sophisticated arrangements, leagues beyond what Talk Talk's peers were doing at that time. Much of the album has a lingering pace, so you do really need to be in the right mood for it. Fave Songs: Time It's Time, Living in Another World, Life's What You Make It, I Don't Believe in You, Chameleon Day
I didn’t know this album at all, even though I had heard “Life’s What You Make It” a few times before. It never struck me that it was Talk Talk. This is one of the joys of this list - the lost treasures.
Not listened to this album for a long time. 'It's my life' and 'Life's what you make it' are the stand out tracks.
The moments this album loses me are the slower ones. It's already a very relaxed album, so the slower moments ("April 5th", "Chameleon Day") are so slow they border on catatonic. Still, despite the semi-yuppieness of this record, it's a fun, textured, catchy listen that I'll come back to. Favorite tracks: "Happiness Is Easy", "Life's What Your Make It", "I Don't Believe In You", "Give It Up"
a lovely, new wavey, easy listen
I was only familiar with a few Talk Talk songs before this, and I don't think any from this album which is a shame - this is great. It's 80s without sounding *too* 80s (in a dated way) - the songs are all catchy without being saccharine, a great mix of dynamics and instruments. A keeper. 8/10 4 stars.
New wave, 1986. A really well done pop album of the 80s with impressive and tasteful productions. The songs are all very intelligent in every aspect of them and the vocals match perfectly with the instruments. Nice job!
An uneven album, undoubted quality musicianship and songwriting, especially Life's what you make it, but overall tone and tempo a bit downbeat and one or two unmemorable numbers. Life's what you make it, earns an extra star
A beautiful album that sounds like nothing else around the same time. It really wasn't very fashionable to display your Pink Floyd influences back in 1986, especially after you had been wrongly been placed in a second rate Duran Duran pigeon hole. Life's What You Make It is spectacular. It has the last of the driving rhythms from Talk Talk before the rhythm section was toned down on the next two albums. Time It's Time ends with a nursery rhyme like quality. I bought a £3 copy on eBay on the back of playing this again.
Great album. Great find.
This album hit the spot. Had no idea what to expect but the band was right the length was perfect at a tight 45mins and even the cover art was sweet. Was worried when I saw another Brit rock band from the 80’s but there was no needless drivel to drag this thing out. First track, Happiness is Easy along with Living in Another World were favourite tracks but there were no stinkers here in my opinion. 4.5/5
Good vibe album, but pretty 1 dimensional. A lot of the songs sound alike, with very slow breaks.
They didn't talk that much
Nicer 80s Sound. Gefällt mir so gut, dass ich mir den Katalog mal anhören werde.
Pretty solid. You can see the influence on Radiohead they had.
Not too much my cup of tea. Reminds me quite a bit of Depeche Mode, late 80s synth stuff.
I liked this one, so well done to these guys.
Kind of a nice lackadaisical album.
Quite alright. Life's What You Make It is the highlight here that even got a cover which was way more popular but oh well, that's how life works I guess.
Good album, heard some 90’s sounds coming through.
Some stellar Talk Talk on here, but too many misses to listen all the way through
sometimes reminds me of roxy music, but it doesn't really come close to that level of musical genius. it's fine, just a little repetitive, i guess, for my tastes.
It was ok, didn't really stand out.
Sophisticated indie pop from a time and age of cheesy synth pop and radio oriented sugary tunes. Only for that the band deserves a hats off. They did better records before and after though
Nice enough but they have better long players
again, nice but middle of the road and no need to re-listen
How are all these songs like 10 minutes long? I like it, but I like it at a tight 3 minutes per song.
Ну нет. Хотел благожелательно отнестись к альбому, но не выходит. Time It's Time неплоха. I Don't Believe In You тоже работает, в принципе. Альбом создаёт определённое настроение. Но всё очень скучно. Будет трек отсюда играть бы по радио в парикмахерской (куда я не пойду) - не обращу внимания. А если обращу, то не вспомню, что несколько раз прослушал ныне. Не раздражает, но вообще не то, что нужно.
It was okay. Maybe it gets better with time. 3 stars
More like background music. Didn’t really pay attention
This upbeat, new wave pop album was interesting to listen to and had all types of sounds and instruments. It seems to represent the 80's well with its unique flair and improvisation skills in the studio.
Ha estado bien pero se me ha hecho larguísimo que se bajen dos tonitos
I like this
Interesting intermediary sounding album between new wave and more experimental post rock sound of their later stuff. Some cool instrumental flourishes throughout.
Seems at first blush to be a synthesis of soft rock and baroque pop. I dig the instrumental palette. However, there are few hooks otherwise and the songs are subtle enough that I feel going below the surface is necessary. There did seem to be some symmetry, perhaps mirroring the cover.
Didn’t grab me.
Not bad throughout. Nothing standing out to make this album amazing. Do really dig the vocals
Opvallende, mooie hoes. De muziek is iets minder in het oog springend, maar wel goed
Talk Talk is a band that I really, really need to listen more. This is a great album, it's got some nice melodies going on, plus all those grooves that these guys were well known for.
Not feeling this one right now. Could be where I'm at in my life or something. The vocals just didn't hit how I feel they should have. Which is why I'm gonna recommend this one to my future self. Maybe it will feel different by then. We'll see I guess. Eitherway it's decent, just feela like I should like it more.
Звучит балдёжно, психоделично Но как-то однообразно
Although I do enjoy Talk Talk's music, it needs to be in doses. An album of the same, unadventurous vocals is too much.
I was never a big fan of Talk Talk's, even though I didn't mind its music. This one's not bad at all, yet I can see why, generally speaking, Talk Talk has faded away from public awareness more than some of its eighties compatriots that seem to be back on the public's agenda (for some odd reason or another).
Wie stark die Zurückhaltung, das gepresste in der Stimme, als müsste man die Gewalt & Kraft einhegen, die dieser Musik innewohnt. Alle scheint maximal kontrolliert übers minimal geöffnete Ventil in die Welt hinausgelassen. Das Tempo entsprechend - ein nahezu tantrischer Akt der Hingabe. Und in dieser großen Qualität wohnt leider auch eine Schwäche inne: zu häufig und selbst beim 2. und 3. Durchgang geht die Konzentration etwas auf Wanderschaft, mehrfach und immer wieder im Nachhinein fragen: wo bin ich grad? 3.4
Strong Crowded House vibes, and a bit of a jolt when Life's What You Make It popped up out of nowhere. Overall, inoffensive and pleasant enough. Fav new track: Happiness Is Easy
3.7 - Peak 80s adult contemporary. Reminds me of high end stereo equipment of that era. I could imagine a fancier showroom having this in the CD player to show off audio performance. It also would’ve been playing in my friend’s divorced dad’s car stereo - a nice convertible coupe with bucket leather seats, maybe a car phone.
Not bad, a few weird choices in the name of being experimental, like kids singing background vocals but overall enjoyable.
Easy listening but not very inspired
This album was fine, nothing I didn't like but it didn't stand out to me. Nothing I would save and listen to again, and but I wouldn't turn it off if it was on.
It was fine. It didn't really catch my attention too much, but there were some good tracks on it. It was a pretty reasonable 3. Favourite Tracks: April 5th, Give It Up
Really clean sound but can lead to tedium
Solid album. Nothing particularly noteworthy track wise. If I didn't know this was Talk Talk, I probably still would have guessed based on the vocals.
Some pleasantness here, nothing jumped out.
its a cool yet very different sound for sure
very generic 80's sound to me, not too terribly distinctive.
I like Talk Talk's final two albums: "Spirit of Eden" and "Laughing Stock," but I am largely underwhelmed by this one. It's a transition point for them, only hinting at the nearly genreless direction they were about to go in. This one's just kind of there and doesn't really grab me even after repeated listens.
They have a unique sound, I will give them that. It is just a bit blah as a whole though. Intrigued, but not yet impressed. Interested in their larger discography as it sounds like they made some significant shifts in their sound between albums.
If this album were a punctuation mark in the history of albums it would be a single comma, not all commas, just one - but a very pretty one at that. It's not game changing but it's a lovely listen - it's unique and it does have one transcendentally beautiful song in it's listing - 'Life is What you make it'. Enjoyed this one, enjoyed the space in mix in each of the songs - enjoyed the arrangements - and it does lend itself to multiple listens. But it's not a seminal album.
None of these songs stood out for me. Decent overall. Liked the last 2 minutes of the finale song with the recorders coming in, that was unexpected
Some songs were 4/5. Overall album was just kind of on in background though.
Nice to hear this band outside of "It's my life". Overall it didn't register that strongly with me, but it showed a little more breadth to them and their sound was overall pleasant and not too dated.
Očekivo sam da će mi bit super, a ono 🤧 nit smrdi nit miriši
This is ok, mostly sounds like a b-grade Icehouse to me though. Has a few moments where it gets up, but also lots of mopey introspective stuff. I think this deserves a 3 overall - 1 for sounding like Icehouse, 1 for the occasional song that rocks, 1 for being new wave that doesn't piss me off. 3/5.
Son los de It's my life, y otras canciones conocidas. Le puse un 4 la primera vez, pero esta vez me está aburriendo un poco. Le voy a dar un 3.
It was alright, don’t need to hear it again though I bet my parents would like some of this
I don't love this, but I'd much rather listen to this again than either of the albums that followed it.
I liked the mix of acoustic and electric guitar. At times it seemed like the bass, guitar and drums were playing different genres. Favorite songs - I don't believe in you, Life's what you make it
Muy meh aburrido y plano disco de cosa ochentera. No le encontré mucha gracia, aunque tampoco llego a disgustarme.
Popcito ochentero, mucho sintentizador. Entiendo por qué está en esta lista pero no me despertó admiración o interés en general. 2.5 que sube a 3.
I'm in the process of packing so I didn't have much time to listen to this. I like the guys voice and they're definitely a Roxy Music influence.
They have the sound that use to be really cool back in the day. As far as aging well goes, this is neither the best nor the worst. When the album finished, Spotify’s algo flipped me to Wang Chung’s Dance Hall Days. There’s a band I would have never thought about again. I could probably say the same about Talk Talk but it was a fun listen in a nostalgic way.
need to re-listen to get it more
A fine piece of 80’s new wave pop. Not the strongest entry by a very good band. Still worth a listen.
This album was really interesting. It had a lot of the typical 80s new wave qualities, but they really seemed to experiment here, playing around with the "limits" of what typically defines new wave. Particularly of note, there was a lot less synth and a lot more complex instrumentation. For whatever reason, new-to-me song Living In Another World particularly stood out; I went back to listen to it multiple times. It is just so masterfully composed with various layers of instrumentation, genres, effects, and vocals.
i enjoyed this album! it was a nice listen. i was expecting more synth in their new wave, though. i wouldn't call myself a huge fan of this album as a result. it was very beautiful and wonderfully crafted, don't get me wrong. but i couldn't get super into it. i did realize, after i saw steve winwood played the organ on several songs, that this album has some real winwood vibes.
Production très léchée, musique recherchée. Ce qui me titillait au départ a cependant éprouvé ma patience après les premières pièces : question de goût j'en conviens, j'aurais voulu que ça grafigne un peu. Mais non : Spic & Span. À ranger du côté des belles découvertes."
ágætis plata, var einhvernvegin öðruvísi en ég átti von á. Las að þetta hafi verið millibils plata í einhverri experimental þróun.
This really surprised me, I didn't know what to expect as it's my first time hearing this band and this album. I do have a penchant for 80s acts that write somewhat "cheesy" music but take it really seriously and they appear to fit that bill. Pros: - Great mood shifts in the music. The first song really is blowing my mind with the incredibly interesting layers. The piano starts to shift a pretty "grey" sounding track into happy and sad areas by just changing a few chords- then meandering- then going back to the "grey" and neutral mood. When the children come in in the chorus and sing the callback I was really impressed! Really unique all around. The name of the album is The Colour of Spring, and it's got me thinking about how true they have stuck to that idea and theme. Spring is of course the idea of awakening / rebirth / beauty / change. Across the album I can hear ideas that to me sound like "a fresh start", but I can also hear the rainy days that you get randomly scattered throughout Spring. If I have any critique it's that the vocals are a little low in volume in the tracks across the album. This might be purposeful as there is definitely a focus on the wide instruments. My standout tracks were: "Happiness is Easy", "April 5th" and "Living in Another World". Ultimately I really enjoyed this album. There wasn't a single track that I was bored with, and having a first song that starts out with some really cool mood changes along with instrumentation/voice changes made me have this feeling of "anything can happen" which continued throughout the album listen. Even their more jam-y songs, like "Life's What You Make It" was still interesting throughout. I LOVE the piano that comes in around 2:20.
Very cool! I especially like all of the choir parts, which really add to the epic, echoey, new wave 80's sound. They were certainly experimenting here, and I appreciate that.
The first song was fantastic but the rest didn't really grab me. Hints of greatness here and there, and it marks a big transitional period to their next two (far superior, yet somehow not on this list???) albums
7/10 Best Song - Life’s what you make it
Some fun new wave, probably wont come back to it though
A rather boring and unspectacular album. No song stood out and everything on this album has been heard many times from other artists
This album is one song chopped up into separate tracks. Leaves no impression. Good or bad, tomorrow forgotten.
Eminently pleasant as background music; full of hits; I didn't really notice when it went on to Spotify autoplay and kept on churning out 80s synthpop, though, so I wasn't gripped.
I'm confused, the album is called 'The Colour Of Spring' but the cover looks autumnal. Likewise, traditionally spring is light and airy, yet the music is dark and foreboding. The music is quite good, creating a moody soundscape which sounds both organic and synthetic. I especially enjoyed "April 5th", which has mellow vocals and a great organ sound. On the downside, I struggled to understand any of the lyrics and overall, although it tries hard, something didn't quite gel for me.
Definitely one of the more interesting New Romantic bands. This album had a lot more shades than others of the era.
Sort of moody and ominous, and interesting to hear the transition from their earlier synth-pop albums towards the experimental post-rock sound they apparently have on the next two albums. I enjoyed it, but 80s stuff is rarely a favourite for me.
chill background music
pretty standard new wave album i feel like it just goes on where "it's my life" left
I listened through twice but it was just a very plain rock album from what I could tell. Some songs were especially slow. Debated between 2 and 3, but I'm just giving it a 3 because I don't want to have to listen through again to see where the moderately interesting parts are to justify 3 stars.
I dig it, but not absolutely hooked - 3.5?
I had this on in the background while I was focusing on work, so I don't have many nuanced things to say about it. Regardless, I enjoyed it simply because I like this type of 80s music and the general sound of it. The guitars on the second half of the second track stood out to me.
Apparently Talk Talk invented trip hop in 1986, but no one noticed until DJ Shadow ten years later. Like the sparseness and the jazz elements, and 'Life's What You Make It' is wonderful, but doesn't really feel great as an album. Might have to put a bit more time into it myself, but right now it's a high 3.
I enjoyed it. I don't think it's a genre defining or outstanding album but it's a quality album. 3.5 stars.
Pop. Un poco a aburrido.
Pretty good art-pop, but pretty forgettable too, and my god is it slathered in 80's production tropes.
Not my style
The 80s were a mistake
The worst of the 80s
its the 80's but in a melancholic way
2 - bissle nichtssagend
Another one that grew on me. Massively 80's. I Don't Believe in You and Give It Up were good.
Not for me. All a bit 'nothing'
No es su peor disco, pero casi.
Does little for me
droning 80s new wave with vaguely ridiculous warbly vocals. Sounds like an Elvis Costello impersonator improv-ing over infomercial bkgd music. Some head-nodding beats here but one-dimensional overall.
Why is there so much Synth Pop?
Very 80's.was okay.
I liked a lot of the music but didn't enjoy the vocals
2.6 didn't care for this one tbh