The Colour of Spring

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The Colour of Spring
Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring.jpg
Studio album by Talk Talk
Released February 1986
Recorded 1985
Genre Art rock
Length 45:40
Label EMI
Producer Tim Friese-Greene
Talk Talk chronology
It's My Life
The Colour of Spring
Spirit of Eden
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Q 4/5 stars[2]

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 (i.e. UK), where it reached No. 8 - and stayed in the UK charts for 21 weeks.[3] 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 #58. 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 a greater focus on guitars, pianos, and organs 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.

Album cover[edit]

The album cover was designed by James Marsh, who also designed the band's other albums.

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"   4:29
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


Talk Talk[4]
Additional personnel[5]



Year Chart Position
1986 UK Album Chart 8[citation needed]
1986 The Billboard 200 58[citation needed]


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