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XTC are are brilliant and also their own biggest enemy. Andy Partridge has a way with words that are matched by few in any musical genre. He can paint pictures that go from pastoral to incredibly personal yet always insightful and with his heart on his sleeve. Colin’s no slouch with words either. The band is so very English and never translated well in North America (well, America at least). Dear God was a one-off, afterthought, B side. After the first few years they didn’t tour (Andy’s stage fright) and that ensured the band would remain on the outside. The album’s strong from start to end and the songs are big and roll along beautifully, unlike the very sharp, angular songs they are known for. Some fantastic orchestral bits too. I listened to this non-stop when it came out - favourites: Easter Theatre, Greenman, Your Dictionary (an incredibly biting song that is darkly funny yet cathartic), The Last Balloon (very wistful).

Exceptional album

One of XTC's best albums without a doubt!


Formed: 1976 in Swindon, Wiltshire, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

XTC was one of the smartest -- and catchiest -- British pop bands to emerge from the punk and new wave explosion of the late '70s. From the tense, jerky riffs of their early singles to the lushly arranged, meticulous pop of their later albums, XTC's music has always been driven by the hook-laden songwriting of guitarist Andy Partridge and bassist Colin Moulding. While popular success has eluded them in both Britain and America, the group has developed a devoted cult following in both countries that...
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