The Colour of Spring

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The Colour of Spring
Studio album by Talk Talk
Released 1985 (Germany) (Netherlands)
1986 (other countries)
1990 (re-issue)
Recorded 1985
Genre Art rock, baroque pop
Length 45:40
Label EMI
Producer Tim Friese-Greene
Talk Talk chronology
It's My Life
(1984)
The Colour of Spring
(1986)
Spirit of Eden
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Q 4/5 stars link

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.[1] 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.

With its international hit "Life's What You Make It", Talk Talk expanded their fan base, and it earned the band the third of their three American hits, along with 1984's "It's My Life" and "Such a Shame".

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.

The song "Living In Another World" was covered by the Canadian musician Lights and producers Darkstars in 2012.

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." [2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tim Friese-Greene and Mark Hollis

No. Title Length
1. "Happiness Is Easy"   6:30
2. "I Don't Believe in You"   5:02
3. "Life's What You Make It"   4:28
4. "April 5th"   5:51
5. "Living in Another World"   6:58
6. "Give It Up"   5:17
7. "Chameleon Day"   3:20
8. "Time It's Time"   8:14

Personnel[edit]

Talk Talk[3]
Additional personnel[4]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1986 UK Album Chart 8
1986 The Billboard 200 58

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