Skylarking (studio album) by XTC

Skylarking
Skylarking by XTC
Year: 1986
Overall rank: 381st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 521 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1986 (5th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1980s (50th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (381st)
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XTC - Skylarking - CD - 2001 Remaster - Virgin - CDVX2399 - EU -
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Time left: 5h 24m 13s
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XTC - Skylarking [CD]
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Time left: 9h 41m 6s
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XTC - Skylarking [Corrected Polarity Edition] [CD]
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XTC bestography

Skylarking is ranked as the best album by XTC.

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81/100 (from 521 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 81.1/100, a mean average of 80.0/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.7.

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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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55/100
From 08/19/2018 11:52
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From 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 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 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 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 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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85/100
From 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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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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