Few could've predicted the flowery, experimental path that UK art-pop ensemble Talk Talk (and later, a solo singing Mark Hollis) would take in its long, colorful career. Songs would lengthen, keyboard-plush arrangements would thicken like trellised ivy, and the group's initial hit-single schematics--so evident on this nicely textured debut album, in definitive cuts like "Talk Talk"--would get lost in the orchestral shuffle. Which is not to say that this nugget from '82 isn't crucial listening. Hollis has one of those inimitable, almost otherworldly voices that sound great in any musical framework. Even in this only slightly cerebral setting. --Tom Lanham
Import remastered pressing of their 1982 debut album. Features the hit singles 'Talk Talk' & 'Today'. EMI.