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Editors’ Notes

1982's English Settlement was XTC's commercial and artistic pinnacle. While tunes like the slam-bang rocker "No Thugs in Our House" and the jittery, ska-fueled "Down in the Cockpit" harken back to the band's postpunk beginnings, a more complex art-pop vibe rules the realm here. But the serpentine melody of "Jason and the Argonauts" or the whisper-to-a-scream dynamics of "Senses Working Overtime" (later covered by everyone from The Trash Can Sinatras to Mandy Moore) don't just represent increased musical sophistication; a startlingly high number of irresistible pop hooks teem from nearly every track.

Customer Reviews

Greatest Album Ever by Far!

This is one of the greatest albums of all times. It’s a must have. One of the best!

my favourite xtc album

this to me is quintessential xtc: pop genius hooks, acoustic and electric guitars, great drums, thoughtful lyrics. if you buy one xtc album, make it this one...

English Settlement

English Settlement: commentary on settling-in and fear of complacency, XTC had found themselves and documented every pain and particular in the process. Worth checking out everything that lead up to this bit of brilliance. Nothing else like it!


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...
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