I know there are a number of Talk Talk fans on here that may appreciate the steal of a price for this.
Mark Hollis is a self-titled album by the former Talk Talk frontman Mark Hollis. It was released on Polydor on 26 January 1998, then reissued on Pond Life on 13 March 2000. The album was recorded as part of the two-album contract with Polydor, the first of which was used for Talk Talk's Laughing Stock in 1991.
Achingly gorgeous and hauntingly stark, Mark Hollis' self-titled debut picks up where he left off with Talk Talk's Laughing Stock seven years earlier, re-emerging at the nexus point where jazz, ambient, and folk music collide. It's quite possibly the most quiet and intimate record ever made, each song cut to the bone for maximum emotional impact and every note carrying enormous meaning. Hollis paints his music in fine, exquisite strokes, with an uncanny mastery of atmosphere that's frequently devastating. And if anything, his singularly resonant voice has grown even more plaintive with the passage of time, which combined with the understated artistry and minimalist beauty of tracks like "The Colour of Spring" and "Watershed" makes Mark Hollis a truly unique and indelible listening experience. His obvious understanding of the power of silence aside, one prays he doesn't again wait for the seven-year itch to strike before returning.
Review from Allmusic.
Sadly the 7 year itch has long passed, some 11 years later and Mark Hollis appears to have retreated altogether from music (at least publically and commercially) Perhaps he accomplished what he set out to do from the new romantic beginnings of Talk Talk through to their Radiohead inspiring post rock endings, following on with this minimilistic piece.