What does it sound like?:
I’m not too sure why these two albums from the Talk Talk back catalogue have been reissued on vinyl at this particular juncture, especially as they are identical to the original releases from 1982 and 84 respectively, with no extra material on offer.
It’s certainly rather a strange experience hearing them again after so many years. It’s hard to see any signs of the band that would go on to produce The Colour Of Spring, Spirit Of Eden and Laughing Stock, three albums that endure to this day. Indeed, the sound of these two sets is quite dated, lots of synths and fretless bass underpinning Mark Hollis’ almost Ferryesque vocals, giving a very typical early eighties sound. The first of the two albums, the band’s debut, The Party’s Over, could almost pass as a Duran Duran album, leading off with poppy self titled single. Musically, it’s not that exciting, but is a solid if unremarkable debut. The follow up, It’s My Life, appeared two years later, and there is certainly evidence of some musical development on here. The title track, Dum Dum Girl and Such A Shame all have something special going for them, and it’s the more experimental pieces that are the most successful, leaving the straight ahead pop songs in their wake, and pointing the way to the path they were to take with their next album, the remarkable The Colour Of Spring.
What does it all *mean*?
The journey from synth pop to post rock starts here.
Goes well with…
80s synth/art pop groups.
Might suit people who like…
It’s not clear to me who these reissues are actually aimed at. Most fans will have these albums already, and there’s nothing here really to attract a new audience.