At this point, it's not even fair to bring up Spirit of Eden or Laughing Stock, albums which would completely re-define what one should expect from platinum selling pop artists (or musicians in general). And it's clear from the departure of It's My Life that The Colour of Spring functions as Talk Talk's "transition" album, as far as the sound they are striving to achieve. But early Talk Talk was filled with great pop songs, and this album is that same pop songwriting applied to the nuanced, beautiful post-rock one should associate with Talk Talk. This is challenging, heady stuff with a heart of gold, an ass that shakes, and a mind twice as smart as any top 40 pop artist. One of three classics.
It's hard to discuss Talk Talk's earlier output without mentioning their groundbreaking, later releases. The last album to exercise their romantic approach to synthpop, experimental outbreak was already starting to show; Mark Hollis' extravagant leadership wasn't yet the main component of his songwriting. The slow dirge Chameleon Day could have been a outtake from Laughing Stock. At times, the music sounds a little firmly rooted in typical 80s pop excess. The bright and bouncy Living in Another World falls danger to this but is saved because the songwriting is so open and joyous. Life's What You Make It is iconic on its own, and other highlights such as Time It's Time or Give It Up demonstrate Hollis' burgeoning musical scope. By no means a recommended album before the latter two, The Colour of Spring is still an essential album that embodies the spirit of the band.