"She lives in the place in the side of our lives where nothing is ever put straight."
On their brilliant debut, The Psychedelic Furs offered up a relentlessly dark collection of songs occupying the intersection between Punk aggression and Post-Punk angst; however, peeking through the gloom on occasion was the band's clear talent for writing memorable, off-kilter pop songs, "Sister Europe" being the most obvious example of this. On their second LP, Talk Talk Talk, The Psychedelic Furs made the fateful decision to pursue this approach more consistently, though the band's sound still retains its rough edges pretty much intact. In addition, Richard Butler's detached Bowie-esque vocals sound more confident than on the debut, which aids in making the songs a little more accessible. On "Dumb Waiters," a strangely compelling mash-up of Punk and Kraut-Rock elements, Butler's sneering vocals, which here sound something like a more tuneful Johnny Rotten, and Duncan Kilburn's fractured sax give the song both its memorable hook and its attitude. While the original version of "Pretty in Pink" is indeed a classic on all levels, Talk Talk Talk contains many lesser-known gems, not the least of which is the stunning "All of This and Nothing," one of the best tracks The Psychedelic Furs ever recorded. Opening with a beautiful though completely unexpected acoustic guitar arpeggio intertwining with Kilburn's sax, the song quickly morphs into an epic rocker knocking around the empty corners of a dissolving relationship. This album is, without a doubt, The Psychedelic Furs' finest moment.
Talk Talk Talk (2002 Remastered and Expanded Edition)
1. Dumb Waiters (5:05)
2. Pretty in Pink (3:58)
3. I Wanna Sleep with You (3:19)
4. No Tears (3:17)
5. Mr. Jones (4:03)
6. Into You Like a Train (4:35)
7. It Goes On (3:52)
8. So Run Down (2:54)
9. All of This and Nothing (6:23)
10. She Is Mine (3:53)
11. Mr. Jones (Single Version) (3:26)
12. So Run Down (Early Version) (3:05)
13. All of This and Nothing (Demo) (9:02)