Achingly gorgeous and hauntingly stark, Mark Hollis' self-titled debut picks up where he left off with Talk Talk's Laughing Stock seven years earlier, re-emerging at the nexus point where jazz, ambient, and folk music collide. It's quite possibly the most quiet and intimate record ever made, each song cut to the bone for maximum emotional impact and every note carrying enormous meaning. Hollis paints his music in fine, exquisite strokes, with an uncanny mastery of atmosphere that's frequently devastating. And if anything, his singularly resonant voice has grown even more plaintive with the passage of time, which -- combined with the understated artistry and minimalist beauty of tracks like "The Colour of Spring" and "Watershed" -- makes Mark Hollis a truly unique and indelible listening experience. His obvious understanding of the power of silence aside, one prays he doesn't again wait for the seven-year itch to strike before returning.
Performance CreditsMark Hollis Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Henry Lowther Trumpet
Martin Ditcham Percussion,Drums
Mark Feltham Harmonica
Chris Laurence Bass
Robbie McIntosh Guitar
Dominic Miller Guitar
Melinda Maxwell Cor anglais
Andy Penayi Flute
Iain Dixon Clarinet
Laurence Pendrous Piano,Harmonium
Tim Holmes Clarinet
Julie Andrews Bassoon
Technical CreditsMark Hollis Arranger,Producer
Warne Livesey Arranger
Phill Brown Engineer
Phil Ramacon Composer
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Never has an album touched me in such a whisper. Listen in a dark room. Feel the guitar strings squeak, let Hollis' voice send shivers down your spine...