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Skylarking (album) by XTC 

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Skylarking
Skylarking by XTC (1986)
Overall rank: 370th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 411 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 1986 (5th)
Top 50 albums of the 1980s (49th)
Top 500 albums of all time (370th)

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XTC bestography

Skylarking is ranked as the best album by XTC.

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Members who like this album also like: The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths, Loveless by My Bloody Valentine and The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses.

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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 411 votes)
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80/100
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78/100
 
80/100
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70/100
 
95/100
04/11/2018 15:24
77/100
 
90/100
04/02/2018 05:25
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85/100
03/28/2018 19:28
89/100

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95/100
From Rich150 02/05/2018 15:59
There is no doubt that this is their most accomplished album, in my mind, and as has been said already the track flow seems almost, if not, perfect. Individually all the tracks are 85-95, apart from "Dying", but as a whole it comes into its own and is an album everyone should try. Having said that I don't love it quite as much as I do their debut album, two totally contrasting styles, the best of their melodic pop versus the best of their punk pop, and, old bloke that I am, my heart goes with the early one.
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From planetneutral 01/20/2018 15:04
I am left to wonder how much I would like this if I hadn't heard it dozens of times before. As it is, it's amazing.
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From JCB94 09/25/2017 21:26
Produced by Todd Rundgren, Skylarking bridges the gap between college rock and neo-psychedelia. Without a doubt, this is the finest XTC album, and contains stellar tracks like "Summer's Cauldron" and "Grass." Bandleader Andy Partridge proves himself capable of composing quirky but well-crafted pop tunes like "That's Really Super, Supergirl" and the Beatle-esque "Earn Enough For Us."
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From Onater 09/17/2017 17:23
The halfway point between the Beach Boys and Stone Roses. It's a shame Dear God was cut from the original release of the album, it's one of the best songs of the 80s.
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From mjgentile 05/24/2017 05:28
An album that I've been listening to for a few months. I was blown away on my first listen at how well the album flowed from song to song. Skylarking is a true masterpiece of Pop, Psychedelia and Baroque tinged songs while having a unique Pastoral feel.
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From Drzozzy 02/12/2017 11:06
I bought Skylarking by XTC on 15/07/1987 from Record & Tape Exchange on CD for £6.00 The version I have is on the record label Virgin catalogue number CDV 2399 It entered the UK charts on 08/11/1986 and got to number 90 spending a total of 1 weeks on the chart.
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From WindowAbove 01/10/2015 02:00
A beautiful 80s-updated version of 60s-influenced sunshine pop. The first two tracks are among the best 80s pop songs.
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From Mdemauri 11/14/2014 16:18
I haven't listened to this album in a long, long time. I had forgotten how good it is. Not only Sgt. Pepper era Beatles, but a touch of Joe Jackson too. One of the best mid 80s albums.
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From mlongenbach 01/05/2014 22:10
Perhaps my favorite album from 1986. Skylarking is XTC's Sgt. Pepper....literally. Andy Partridge was obviously OD'ing on mid 60s Beatles when he wrote this perfect album. No rock fan's collection should be without this gem!
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From benpaco 12/10/2013 07:08
This album has the best flow of any album I've ever heard. When burning from a vinyl, my auto recognition software couldn't separate the songs as they just linked so well, it all just burned side A as one track. Truly beautiful.
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