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Laughing Stock (album) by Talk Talk

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Laughing Stock
Laughing Stock by Talk Talk (1991)
Overall rank: 207th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 668 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 10 albums of 1991 (9th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1990s (47th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (207th)

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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 175 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 15,723.

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Members who like this album also like: Spirit Of Eden by Talk Talk, Loveless by My Bloody Valentine and Doolittle by Pixies.

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Laughing Stock track list

Overall chart historyOverall chart history The tracks on this album have an average rating of 87 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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1.Myrrhman
 85/100 (140 votes)
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2.Track pickAscension Day
 89/100 (152 votes)
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3.Track pickAfter The Flood
 89/100 (150 votes)
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4.Taphead
 85/100 (135 votes)
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5.Track pickNew Grass
 89/100 (147 votes)
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6.Runeii
 84/100 (131 votes)
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Laughing Stock rankings

Laughing Stock ratings

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Rating:  
85/100
Favourite track: "After The Flood"
Least-liked track: "Myyrhman"
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From Paule
Mark Hollis forever!
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85/100
Darker, edgier, jazzier than what came before it. After the Flood is a true highlight.
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From JulianR
Ya, so I changed my mind. This is one of the greatest albums of all time. Hollis and Friese-Greene, along with a cadre of session musicians, were able to create an album that seems to exist completely separate of all other music, except of course Spirit of Eden. It still remains unparalleled and not even properly imitated.

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From AAL2014
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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100/100
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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From JulianR
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
"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
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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Rating:  
95/100
From Yann
Both minimalist and prog: quite an achievment! And it still sound fresh and modern. Fantastic
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2. Loveless by My Bloody Valentine
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