My Top 10 Albums of All-Time ~ 3. Talk Talk - Laughing Stock (1991) ~ Where to start... Mark Hollis is a master of space & silence, and Laughing Stock is more like a symphony than a rock album. Orchestration, not energy, is at the heart of each composition. Every sound serves a distinct purpose, has its own contextual meaning. Talk Talk had a few big hits in the 80's as a new wave band, and appeared to be on their way to stardom. EMI surely thought so -- they gave the band complete creative control. Laughing Stock (like Spirit of Eden before it) produced no singles, and there was no tour following its release. As Hollis explained, it would be impossible to duplicate on stage the sound they perfected in the studio - especially with so many musicians involved. Thus, Laughing Stock served as the conclusion to Hollis' brilliant, two-part "Fuck You" to the music industry. Well played, sir. Well played.