Excellent solo album from Talk Talk's Mark Hollis. Same price at Play but not in stock (if you want to save a few quidco pennies and wait a few weeks), but elsewhere:-
Talk Talk frontman Mark Hollis took his sweet time in releasing his 1998 solo debut. Then again, this is the man who said, "Before you play two notes, learn how to play one note--and don't play one note unless you've got a reason to play it". That spirit of minimalism certainly informs MARK HOLLIS,a masterpiece of reflection and restraint.
MARK HOLLIS revisits the holy, haunted realm of LAUGHING STOCK, Talk Talk's 1991 swan song. Hollis's tremulous tenor sounds as fragile and self-contained as ever, his Samuel Beckett-like lyric fragments illuminating the deliberate spaces left in the sensitive arrangements. Each of these eight songs is a revelation. Henry Lowther's brassy, braying trumpet suddenly ripplesthe reflective "Watershed". Woodwinds, harmonica, piano, guitar, and harmonium catch Hollis' words within a tilting kaleidoscope of instrumental colour on "A Life (1895-1915)" and"A New Jerusalem", much in the manner of Morton Feldman. "The Gift" and "The Daily Planet" are moments of pure pop-jazzepiphany, swaying in elegant, unhurried rhythms. Other highlights include the folky, dustbowl yearning of "Westward Bound", and the pensive grace of "Inside Looking Out" and "The Colour of Spring".
1. Colour Of Spring
3. Inside Looking Out
5. LIfe (1895-1915)
6. Westward Bound
7. Daily Planet
8. New Jerusalem