Skylarking (album) by XTC

Skylarking
Skylarking by XTC (1986)
Overall rank: 372nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Award Top 5 albums of 1986 (5th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1980s (47th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (372nd)

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Skylarking is ranked as the best album by XTC.

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90/100
From Junomoogmello 05/22/2019 21:04
Having just got this on vinyl, I am really happy with my decision. I can tell that this is an album which will reveal more with each listen. Excellent musicianship and production. Quite a diverse album which makes it fresh even in 2019, some thirty plus years after its release. I particularly like the Jazz/Progressive feel of 'Man Who Sailed Around His Soul'. The production is superb throughout the whole album.
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From Sandinistar 10/07/2018 02:03
Brilliant production from Todd, excellent songs from the band, and they mesh together wonderfully. The best song on this album is "Dear God," though that's not technically on the album. "Grass," "Ballet for a Rainy Day," and "Earn Enough For Us" are all top tracks as well, and there isn't a weak spot on the record, though it slows down a bit by the second half. Great work by a good band.
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55/100
From Brad1770 08/19/2018 11:52
I'll be honest it took me 3 full listens to understand fully this Tod Rundgren produced album

It is apparently a concept album of sorts around the 4 seasons and the life cycle from birth , growing up and eventual death

Let's start with the really good in "1000 Umbrella's" , "Season Cycle" , "Earn Enough For Us" , "Sacrificial Bonfire" and the classic "Dear God" ( yes I'm including it as it should have appeared on the original release)

However this album is severely let down by tracks that blow , of course I'm referring to the terrible "Supergirl" , "Ballet for A Rainy Day" , "Mermaid Smiled" and the completely annoying "The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul"

So over all its a real mixed bag unfortunately - sprinklings of good , plenty of ok and a bunch of bad

55 Recording Studio Tantrums Out Of 100
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70/100
From arialblue 07/13/2018 23:13
Whilst I can appreciate the craftsmanship that has clearly gone into making this album, there is something that doesn't click for me. I think I find the melodies a bit cheesy. Love the arrangements, lyrically it's strong, but if you don't have a strong hook... That's not to say I don't enjoy it - it's a good album. But that's where the plaudits stop for me. At 'good'. Less than the sum of its parts, I'm afraid to say. Best tracks: Grass, The Meeting Place, Another Satellite.
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85/100
From emptysquares 06/09/2018 22:55
Swindons finest are forced by management to team up with the legendary Todd Rundgren resulting in a spontanious clash of ego followed by endless fighting, bickering and mutual disrespect.
Perhaps all albums should be made this way?
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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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95/100
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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Best Albums of 1986
1. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
2. Master Of Puppets by Metallica
3. Graceland by Paul Simon
4. So by Peter Gabriel
5. Skylarking by XTC
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