Talk Talk – “The Rainbow” from Spirit of Eden 
Talk Talk used to be another Duran Duran until they holed up in a church and refused to let EMI hear anything from their fourth LP (Spirit of Eden). Imagine, if you will, a horrified record executive listening to this commercially unpalatable nonsense, flabbergasted at a lack of anything resembling a single and no way to put on a successful world tour.
In any case, Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock (their final LP) are important records, the products of fertile and talented musical imaginations (most notably that of Mark Hollis), records that transcend genre and time. If someone put out this record last year, it would be hailed as a triumph. If they had put this album out in the seventies, it would be a hidden gem.
But this is a post about harmonicas, and I have never heard a harmonica sound like this. All distorted and anguished and writhing, a beast of a thing, a perfect introduction to this brilliant “fuck you” of an album. I mean seriously, harmonicas from a band that used to be just another new wave band? Brilliant.
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