Q magazine, July 1999 No.154
The Chill-Out Albums Of All Time
- the essential dozen 17. Chill-Out
Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden
After 1986's chart-busting Colour
Of Spring, Talk Talk could have been stadium rockers. Their disillusioned
leader Mark Hollis had other ideas. He retreated to an abandoned church
Kennedy, double bassist Danny Thompson and the Chelmsford Cathedral Choir to emerge with
this introverted, career-knackering album. It's difficult to work out what instruments are playing,
while Hollis's mumbling renders lyrics impenetrable. He suggested it's best listened to "in a calm
mood, with no distractions": succinct advice for all great chill-out albums.
Best tracks: Eden, I Believe In You, Desire.
Best moment: The appearance
of the cathedral choir midway trough Desire, like the sun poking
out behind dark clouds.