Few acts have had the type of quietly influential reach of Talk Talk
. In their span of just nine active years, they shifted dramatically from background players in the new romantic movement to being credited with laying down the foundations of post-rock on their last two sprawling, atmospheric albums. Essential
takes a compacted look at all the phases of Talk Talk
's varied career, beginning with dance-pop singles "Talk Talk" and "Today" and non-album single "My Foolish Friend." The collection also delves into highlights from the comparatively extended later-period albums The Colour of Spring
and Spirit of Eden
. Their biggest hit, "It's My Life" (issued as a single twice during their run and later a hit for No Doubt
in 2003) finds the middle ground between the new-wavy synth pop of Talk Talk
's beginnings and the spectral ambient rock experimentation of the band's later work.