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Tha1ChiefRocka
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#1 | Posted: 02/12/2018 17:10 | Post subject: Best Album By XTC? Reply with quote
I have been milling this over for awhile now. I recently just put "White Music" on my greatest chart, then I saw how low it is compared to some of the others. While it may not be the objectively best album by them, it's my favorite at the moment.

Dammit, this song is just so damn catchy.


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#2 | Posted: 02/12/2018 17:25 | Post subject: Reply with quote
My favorite will always be Drums and Wires, it was the first one i heard and to me it is the most alien sounding. The writing was also pretty consistent on that album.

Black Sea is a close second but the tracklisting doesn't flow quite as well as D&W, and the production is a little bit heavy handed for me... heard as a whole it wares me down.
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#3 | Posted: 02/12/2018 22:13 | Post subject: Reply with quote
XTC are a band that I always respect, even if I don't love them. There's something about the absolute Englishness of the vocals that makes it a bit hard for me to enter into it.

I think Skylarking is ranked highest, but I don't particularly like it (which makes me question myself). I've recently enjoyed Black Sea, English Settlement, Oranges and Lemons, and Apple Venus Volume 1, for different reasons.
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#4 | Posted: 02/12/2018 22:42 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Skylarking is pretty remarkable, and tough to beat. Drums And Wires is a fine album.

But for me...Nonsuch.


Nonsuch by XTC

I think that this album gets forgotten, but it's got some great stuff on it. They were having a lot of problems with their label (the recording of Nonsuch was delayed for almost 3 years, and then the band went on strike against the label for 7 years after this came out), finding a producer, working with a new drummer, and not touring didn't help their sales along with Virgin's unhappiness with them.

But the songs here are great. In a perfect world, I think this could have been their biggest album. "The Disappointed" was the lead single, but "The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead", "The Smartest Monkeys", "War Dance" (clarinet riff!), "Books Are Burning", and especially "Dear Madam Barnum" are all hit worthy. And excellent, and fun. This is probably their most political album, and it may run a little long...but you've also got "Holly Up On Poppy", "Then She Appeared", and the pretty "Humble Daisy".

This track alone wins it for me:


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#5 | Posted: 02/13/2018 10:15 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Drums and Wires. But I like Black Sea almost as much. But I was always kind of baffled at how so many people prefer their music that came after English settlement. I don't like anything after that very much. Even after trying.
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#6 | Posted: 02/13/2018 11:21 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Nonsuch (1992) tie with Oranges & Lemons (1989)
(both ranked 28 in the UK chart Smile)
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#7 | Posted: 02/13/2018 18:09 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Haven't listened to all of their albums, but from what I have heard, Oranges and Lemons is my favourite

Oranges And Lemons by XTC
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#8 | Posted: 02/13/2018 19:10 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Apple Venus Volume 1 for me, with Skylarking as runner up. The Dukes Of Stratosphear side project is also great. XTC are at their best when their music is lush and psychedelic and/or baroque. Apple Venus Volume 1 does this style best, and the songwriting and vocals are more consistent than your typical XTC album.
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#9 | Posted: 02/13/2018 22:24 | Post subject: Reply with quote
I go back and forth between White Music and Skylarking. Definitely their best two albums, with perhaps the slight edge to Skylarking.
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#10 | Posted: 02/14/2018 00:17 | Post subject: Reply with quote
I like the studio based stuff - Skylarking then Apple Venus 1 for me.
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