Friday, November 30, 2007

XTC - SKYLARKING (1986)


WHAT WE DID ON GRASS...
ARTIST`````````````XTC
ALBUM`````````````SKYLARKING

GENRE`````````````ALTERNATIVE POP/ROCK
YEAR```````````````1986

MY VIEW
I agree with this: "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 remains loyal over two decades after their first records."

ALBUM REVIEW

Each song is a small gem, marrying sweet, catchy melodies to decidedly adult lyrical themes, from celebrations of love ("Grass") and marriage ("Big Day") to skepticism about maturation ("Earn Enough for Us") and religion ("Dear God"). Moulding's songs complement Partridge's songs better than before, and each writer is at a melodic and lyrical peak, which Rundgren helps convey with his supple production. The result is a pop masterpiece -- an album that has great ambitions and fulfills them with ease. [The initial release of Skylarking didn't feature "Dear God," which was originally the B-side of "Grass." After "Dear God" became an unexpected hit, "Mermaid Smile" was pulled from the album so the hit single could be added.]

DOWNLOAD XTC HERE

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Many thanks!
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Panda Stuffer said...

Enjoy Stratis.

Kyle said...

Thank you very much. I've been wanting to listen to this album for quite a while.

David said...

Hey! Many thanks for the album! I love XTC!

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