It's My Life (album)

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It's My Life
It's My Life (Talk Talk album) coverart.jpg
Studio album by Talk Talk
Released February 1984
Recorded 1983
Length 43:26
Label EMI
Producer Tim Friese-Greene
Talk Talk chronology
The Party's Over
It's My Life
The Colour of Spring
Singles from It's My Life
  1. "It's My Life"
    Released: 13 January 1984
  2. "Such a Shame"
    Released: March 1984
  3. "Dum Dum Girl"
    Released: 1984
  4. "It's My Life (reissue)"
    Released: 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[2]
Mojo 2/5 stars[3]
Q 3/5 stars[4]

It's My Life is the second studio album by Talk Talk, released in 1984.


It's My Life was released in February 1984 by record label EMI.

It was a Top 5 hit album in several European countries,[5] thanks to the big international success of its singles (notably "Such a Shame"), but only reached number 35 in the UK Top 40 chart.[6] In the United States, the album just missed the Top 40, reaching number 42.[citation needed]

It's My Life was particularly successful in Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany where the album peak-charted at numbers 2, 3 and 4, respectively. In the Netherlands, the album stayed in the charts for 64 weeks between 1984 and 1986.[5]


The cover to the album was produced by James Marsh, incorporating elements of The Boyhood of Raleigh by John Everett Millais.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dum Dum Girl" Tim Friese-Greene, Mark Hollis 3:51
2. "Such a Shame" Hollis 5:42
3. "Renée" Hollis 6:22
4. "It's My Life" Friese-Greene, Hollis 3:50
5. "Tomorrow Started" Hollis 5:57
6. "The Last Time" Ian Curnow, Hollis 4:23
7. "Call in the Night Boy" Simon Brenner, Lee Harris, Hollis, Paul Webb 3:47
8. "Does Caroline Know?" Friese-Greene, Hollis 4:40
9. "It's You" Hollis 4:41


Additional personnel



Year Chart Position
1984 UK Albums Chart 35
1984 The Billboard 200 42[7]


  1. ^ Woodstra, Chris. "It's My Life – Talk Talk". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2009). "Talk Talk". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199726363. 
  3. ^ Eccleston, Danny (May 2012). "Lost Horizon". Mojo. London: Bauer (222): 100. ISSN 1351-0193. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (October 2000). "Talk Talk: It's My Life". Q. Archived from the original on 11 October 2004. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Talk Talk - It's My Life". Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  6. ^ "ChartArchive - Talk Talk - It's My Life". Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "It's My Life - Talk Talk - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 August 2015.