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Laughing Stock (album) by Talk Talk 

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Laughing Stock
Laughing Stock by Talk Talk (1991)
Overall rank: 217th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 571 votes)
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Accolades: Top 10 albums of 1991 (9th)
Top 50 albums of the 1990s (48th)
Top 500 albums of all time (217th)

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Talk Talk bestography

Laughing Stock is ranked 2nd best out of 13 albums by Talk Talk on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Talk Talk is Spirit Of Eden which is ranked number 178 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 13,726.

Talk Talk album bestography « Higher ranked (178th) This album (217th) Lower ranked (584th) »
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Members who like this album also like: Loveless by My Bloody Valentine, Spirit Of Eden by Talk Talk and Doolittle by Pixies.

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Laughing Stock track list

Overall chart history The tracks on this album have an average rating of 86 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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1.Myrrhman
 85/100 (114 votes)
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2.Track pickAscension Day
 89/100 (119 votes)
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3.Track pickAfter The Flood
 88/100 (119 votes)
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4.Taphead
 86/100 (111 votes)
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5.Track pickNew Grass
 88/100 (123 votes)
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6.Runeii
 84/100 (108 votes)
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Laughing Stock rankings

Laughing Stock ratings

Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 571 votes)
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95/100
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From AAL2014 12/04/2017 19:21
Is this what happens when you mix Peter Gabriel's So and Miles' In A Silent Way?

Just listening to these guys for the first time. Very beautiful stuff, going to need multiple listens though to be able to digest all of these gorgeous nuances.
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From sidneyfranklyn 11/07/2017 10:17
Though their shared 6-track, 40-or-so minute format results in Slint's Spiderland often being lumped together with this album under the umbrella label of 'post-rock', a quick venture into its opening 17 seconds of amplifier hiss tells you you're a million miles away from the bustling carnival of Breadcrumb Trail. Right from the offset, the idea that the two albums are opposite sides of the same coin is clear: where Slint's guitars screech, Talk Talk's lull; where McMahan's voice screams, Hollis' quivers. Spirit Of Eden is considered by many to be the culmination of Talk Talk's transformation from the new wave sound they first emerged with, and there's no denying the quality in tracks like Eden and I Believe In You. But for me, their swansong Laughing Stock captures the manic brilliance of the band right at the moment of their dissolution.

Take opening track Myrrhman for example: Hollis' obscure and muted lyrics punctuated by dissonant and shapeless instrumentation might seem baffling, or even over-indulgent at first; I certainly used to think so. But by the end of its delicate and pained string section it becomes clear that the reason Talk Talk disorientated you was just so they could pick you apart all the more easily.

Most of this is copied from the description of the album in my overall chart, do check it out if you have the time!!
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75/100
From JulianR 10/09/2017 20:01
a slow burner for sure. it seems to sparse to me to warrant the praise it gets, but I might change my mind
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From badger 08/31/2017 11:36
"Before you play two notes learn how to play one note - and don't play one note unless you've got a reason to play it." - Mark Hollis

The greatest ever bed-time album, process and wash the day away under it's hypnosis. It's easy background music, but also an unmatchable listen with ears fully engaged. Very few albums are as intimately detailed and pay such respect to the idea of silence as this and it's sister album.

B-Sides, Colour of Spring and the groups pop output are all worth exploring too.
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From WJA 06/23/2017 07:30
What a way to end the Talk Talk era. I am still thankful to them for releasing their two final gems.
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95/100
From Yann 06/09/2017 11:24
Both minimalist and prog: quite an achievment! And it still sound fresh and modern. Fantastic
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From Yann 05/29/2017 11:23
It's "it's my life" completely deconstructed. "it's my life" free-jazzed. Very subtle music.
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From F1Aaron 03/29/2017 01:59
One of the most mysterious and fascinating records I've ever heard. From usage of silence and uncertainty to the religious undertones in the lyrics. This is what happens when you let a man have full freedom to use his imagination and creativity in the music.
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From sethmadsen 05/09/2016 22:48
First listen: Somehow super musically intriguing and boring at the same time.

Probably needs and deserves a re-listen.
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65/100
From GeorgeW49 03/04/2016 15:39
After the first listen, Laughing Stock seems to be composed of pleasant songs that would make nice background music but does not have much of an edge. The songs ultimately lack progression. I do intend to listen to the album again in a different setting to try to appreciate it. The one standout track, in my opinion, was After the Flood.
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