The Colour of Spring is Talk Talk's third album and was released in 1985 in Germany, and then 1986 in other countries. It became the band's highest selling non-compilation studio album, reaching the Top 20 in numerous countries (topping the Dutch charts), including their homeland, where it reached No. 8 and stayed in the charts for 21 weeks. It did not quite match the sales of its predecessor in the United States, but was nonetheless their last album to enter the Billboard Top 200, reaching the Top 75.
Musically, The Colour of Spring was a major step away from the synthesised pop of early Talk Talk, with the focus on such songs as "Life's What You Make It", "Living in Another World" and "Give It Up". It had a sound described by the band as much more "organic" than their earlier records, with the improvisation that was to dominate on their later works already apparent in the recording process.
Pitchfork Media listed The Colour of Spring as 83rd best album of the 1980s. Slant Magazine listed the album at #96 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s."