As their career progressed the English band Talk Talk drifted further and further from their initial pop sound. By the time Spirit of Eden was recorded they were doing something entirely new. The album was more closely related to experimental and ambient music than to Duran Duran or Erasure. In the decades to come we would have a framework for this–post rock–but at the time the album was a commercial failure. With the benefit of hindsight this is a gorgeous, textured album that rewards careful listening, and I’m glad Mark Hollis continued down this path.