Laughing Stock

Talk Talk

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Laughing Stock is the fifth and final studio album by Talk Talk. Released in 1991, it was the only album the band released on the jazz-based Verve Records, after acrimoniously leaving EMI. Like its predecessor, Spirit of Eden, the album featured improvised instrumentation from a large ensemble of musicians, including as many as seven violists on occasion, with lyrical themes that are often religious. The recording sessions have attained near-mythical status among underground music fans; Tape Op magazine ran an extensive article detailing the demanding recording sessions, marked by Mark Hollis’ perfectionist tendencies, and his use of candles and incense to set the mood. Engineer Phill Brown stated that the album, like its predecessor, was “recorded by chance, accident, and hours of trying every possible overdub idea.” However, compared to prior Talk Talk albums, he goes on to note that “Laughing Stock is a different beast. I am very proud of the album, it’s probably one of my best projects…. but I find it dark and claustrophobic.”

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Track Listings

Side 1
Myrrhman (5:33)
Ascension Day (6:00)
After The Flood (9:39)

Side 2
Taphead (7:30)
New Grass (9:40)
Runeii (4:58)

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