Song of the Day, January 23: It’s My Life by Talk Talk

TalkTalkIMLifesingleToday’s song is the title track from Talk Talk’s stunning second album. Vocalist and band leader Mark Hollis teamed with keyboard player Tim Friese-Greene to completely reinvent the band. The result is a powerful set of synth-driven songs with complex instrumentation and meditative themes, all anchored by Hollis’ rich, distinctive vocals. It’s My Life is a perfect single to represent the disc. With eerie, birdlike synth riffs and driving percussion, it shows off the musical palette nicely. The main keyboard line rides under Hollis’ aching vocal, moving along this surging ode to non-conformity. Smart, sleek, dark, and ultimately optimistic, it’s a standout hit from the early 80s and a good showcase of the rapid musical evolution of this pair and their talented cohort.

Enjoy this great song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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