Skylarking (studio album) by XTC

Skylarking by XTC
Year: 1986
Overall rank: 364th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 621 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1986 (5th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1980s (48th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (364th)
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Skylarking XTC CD 1987 Geffen IN BRAND NEW CASE SCRATCHED BUT RESURFACED TESTED
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XTC Skylarking LP Vintage Vinyl Record 1986 Geffen Records
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Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 621 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.1/100, a mean average of 79.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.4.

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75/100
From 02/09/2024 00:57
Great freak pop record!
Endless inspiration.
There are some obvious influences on a couple songs (McCartney etc) but you can also hear their influence on Blur for instance.
When they hit that perfect pop equilibrium is just great!
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80/100
From 01/15/2023 15:50
I'm not the biggest XTC fan, but this album quite impressed me with a lot of 60s influences and vocal harmonies. I really like the arrangements and first couple of tracks are magnificent, but it suffers of being too long with second half weaker than the first one.
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75/100
From 09/07/2022 01:08
Alright record
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Rating:  
80/100
From 02/09/2022 13:23
Very Beatlesy, hmm not bad
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95/100
From 07/01/2021 06:40
Pet Sounds in 1980s
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80/100
From 03/21/2021 19:23
Resgate da loucura sessentista, mas sem se tornar uma caricatura da época. Incrível.
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90/100
From 01/06/2021 23:42
I'm not sure why it took me so long to get to this. Bit of a masterpiece, though I will need to dig in deeper, because I just know this album can offer a lot.
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80/100
From 03/21/2020 22:43
77/100

Pieza interesante y con ligeros destellos de grandeza, los cuales siempre se agradecen.
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90/100
From 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 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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