Laughing Stock

Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1991 Ratings: #54 / 408
User Score
Based on 205 ratings
1991 Ratings: #5
September 16, 1991 / Release Date
LP / Format
Verve, Polydor / Label
Post-Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

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.

100
Sputnikmusic
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.
100
Pitchfork

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.

99
Coke Machine Glow
You, listener, have a choice: admire this music from afar…or really open up to it and allow the glow it reflects to seep into your pores. Listen to this music and be impressed, or listen to this music and be transformed. I recommend the latter.
50
NME
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.
luna128
90
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.
fakeplasticrose
98
Rest in peace Mark. This album had a huge impact on my life and music taste just when I needed it. Thank you.
Strangelightsyd
75
I don't know why, I just don't really vibe with Talk Talk that much rip.
ThrowBackG
94
Recorded entirely in the moment in a dark studio adorned with dim candles and burning essence. It's less of a musical statement and more of a journey. If "Spirit of Eden" is breezy and soothing then this is foreboding and dreary. Nothing like it then and nothing quite like it today.

Rest in peace, Mister Hollis. Stay safe out there, wherever you are.
Atrocityblubber
88
Rest in peace mark
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Track List

  1. Myrrhman 
  2. Ascension Day 
  3. After The Flood 
  4. Taphead
  5. New Grass 
  6. Runeii
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