Q magazine, July 1999  No.154

The Chill-Out Albums Of All Time - the essential dozen 17. Chill-Out

Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden
Parlophone, 1988

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 with Nigel
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.
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