Laughing Stock

Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
1991 Ratings: #55 / 421
User Score
Based on 648 ratings
1991 Ratings: #4
Liked by 51 people
September 16, 1991 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor, Verve / Label
Tim Friese-Greene / Producer
Post-Rock / Genres
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A work of staggering complexity and immense beauty, Laughing Stock remains an under-recognized masterpiece, and its echoes can be heard throughout much of the finest experimental music issued in its wake.

The world needs to hear this album, even if you haven’t liked post rock before, because I guarantee that this is not the type of music you think of when you think post rock. Unfortunately, it should be.

Laughing Stock was Talk Talk at their most demanding, and when listening to the spectral free jazz squeal of "Taphead", you understand why it was saddled for so many years with the "difficult" epithet.

Their voyages always took them close to the edge, often with stunning results. ‘Laughing Stock’, though, is the sound of captain Hollis and his crew finally disappearing over the horizon.
"It was first a study. I wrote silences, nights, I noted down the inexpressible. I arrested dizzy falls."

Arthur Rimbaud (A Season in Hell, 1873)

Talk Talk's latest album is a mystery. I hesitated for a long time before I started to write this clumsy review... After all, if there is ONE record whose music is self-sufficient... if there is one album that can work without words about it, it is "Laughing Stock". In front of this aerial and vaporous monument, we can logically ... read more
Mark was a visionary and this was his masterpiece work. Difficult and dragged, but wholly inviting. Make peace with death and you'll never have to be afraid again.
I ask myself a lot of questions. Where do I go from here? Where can I go? Should I even continue on?
I’ve managed to stay alive this long, but at what cost?

If I died how much music would I miss out on? I would never get to see my favourite bands live ever again. Would I be ultimately happy if I wasn’t alive?
I think we know the answer to that question, but not often does an album make me ask these questions, because an album so beautifully captures both life and death. Laughing ... read more
Rest in peace Mark. This album had a huge impact on my life and music taste just when I needed it. Thank you.
I'm sorry but this was so painfully boring, I can't help but feel indifferent
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Added on: October 13, 2012