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Mika: The Origin of Love

Mika's third LP The Origin of Love washes away the neon cartoon paint that made The Boy Who Knew Too Much too sugary, but in doing so it steps back from the goofy wit that made his debut so memorable.

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The Only Ones, Special View (1979)

Julia Yepes
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Patrick Wolf: The Magic Position

A bold, romantic album touched by a rare imagination and an indefinable magic -- pop music at its most deliriously inventive and exciting.

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Andy Partridge Retrospective

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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.

Gary Glauber
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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.

Patrick Schabe
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