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Counterbalance: XTC’s ‘Skylarking’

You might not hear of bands talking about XTC as a big influence, but they were certainly in the mix that became the music that was to come.

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The Black Angels: Indigo Meadow

Promisingly, their fourth album boosts aggression, their finest quality, while it tempers the menace of what remain nearly unparalleled presentations of a bold update of venerable '60s sounds on their first albums.

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Jim Moray: A Beginners Guide

Whatever he might say to the contrary, Jim Moray has married into folk music. His excellent albums represent a series of innovatively renewed vows.

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The Dukes of Stratosphear was a side-project of XTC in the mid-‘80s meant to pay tribute to the ‘60s psych pop of their youth.

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8 Jun 2007 // 3:37 AM

Rocking the boat on rock band reunions

After the Smashing Pumpkins broke up at the end of 2001, leader Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin joined up with three other musicians to form

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18 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Andy Partridge: Monstrance

Now, as middle age meanders across Partridge's considered cult career, it's obvious he's looking for another, more solemn outlet for his talent.

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27 Oct 2006 // 4:47 AM

“Having worked for years in a hinterland between obscurity and popularity, Andy Partridge has finally hit the fulcrum as he’s gained his artistic freedom,

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The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul

Having worked for years in a hinterland between obscurity and popularity, Andy Partridge has finally hit the fulcrum as he's gained his artistic freedom, and recognition of his band XTC's influence on pop history has suddenly blossomed.

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20 Feb 2003 // 11:00 PM

XTC: Skylarking

So, as an album, Skylarking is beautiful and whole and just shy of perfection enough that it doesn’t come off as too clean.

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Andy Partridge: Fuzzy Warbles, Vol. 1 / Fuzzy Warbles, Vol. 2

For fans of Andy Partridge and his music, these first two Fuzzy Warbles are a wonderful way to pass the time until the next official XTC release.

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XTC: A Coat of Many Cupboards

Cult status or no, XTC’s raw deal at the hands of Virgin Records is slightly rectified herein, and helps repair a rift of under-representation that spanned decades and resulted in a bruising industry battle.

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XTC: Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2)

Wasp Star is the kind of album that can reinvigorate the listener in the belief that pop music is wonderful and hasn’t degenerated into carbon copy boy bands.

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XTC, Apple Venus Volume 1 / Transistor Blast

Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding used their time off well, lavishing extra care and attention on this set of tunes that rank among the best music they have ever produced.

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