Spirit Of Eden (studio album) by Talk Talk

Spirit Of Eden
Spirit Of Eden by Talk Talk
Year: 1988
Overall rank: 143rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 836 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1988 (3rd)
Award Top 20 albums of the 1980s (19th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (143rd)
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TALK TALK SPIRIT OF EDEN 1988 PARLOPHONE 064 7 46977 1 EUROPE HOLLAND
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Spirit Of Eden is ranked as the best album by Talk Talk.

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Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 836 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 84.5/100, a mean average of 83.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 84.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.1.

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95/100
From 06/23/2020 20:10
Spirit of Eden has a heart of jazz with the brain and tendencies of art rock. It's continuous twists and turns genuinely had me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was listening to this album. I don't much care for Mark Hollis's voice, but the emphasis is most definitely on the music on this album. This album's influence is still ever present on music today. Spirit of Eden has proved it can stand the test of time.
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80/100
From 06/09/2020 14:56
Was surprised to see this one ranked as their best, but still incredible (my personal 2nd favorite by them)
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75/100
From 05/14/2020 11:30
At its best, superb. Occasionally it drifts a little, but I can forgive it that. Creative, and at times quite beautiful.
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From 12/22/2019 12:55
One of the standout mind-blowing albums I've listened to. Helped create the post-rock genre and influenced countless others.

10/10
Favorite track: The Rainbow
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From 09/22/2019 14:39
Sitting down in a dark room and listening to this with headphones is always an amazing experience. I was blown away the first time I listened to this, and it's only gotten better since.
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90/100
From 07/20/2019 11:46
I have so much respect for bands or artists which morph their sound throughout their career. Like many of the greats, the beatles, radiohead ect, Talk Talk also achieve this. in Spirit of Eden the band drops pop structures and creates a unique piece of art which lives up to its name.

You encounter a kind of mystical spirit through the dynamic instrumental and vague vocal elements, leaving you feeling moved in a way which you can never quite forget and is replicated in their other masterpiece Laughing Stock.
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80/100
From 03/09/2019 15:17
Favourite track: "The Rainbow"
Least-liked track: "Wealth"
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90/100
From 02/07/2019 04:49
Beautifully creative! I prefer The Colour of Spring on the whole but I can't deny this album's power. I can see why people say this album was a key influence on post-rock: it's an exercise in timbre and texture over form, with intriguing results.
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From 10/17/2018 21:19
totally original, stunningly creative and pretty meandering and unmemorable. Cant say that the whole amounts to anything more than a interesting atmosphere but points for being so different and ahead of its time.
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From 04/01/2018 16:15
A complex and beautiful album where the approach with the instrumentation is of 'less is more' and it works. The silences form a part of the whole listening experience. There is more of a 'mood' to this album than 'The Colour of Spring'.
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