English Settlement

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All Music Guide - Chris Woodstra
Andy Partridge's discovery of the 12-string guitar set the tone for English Settlement, an album that moved away from the pop gloss of Black Sea in favor of lighter, though still rhythmically heavy, acoustic numbers with more complex and intricate instrumentation. There are plenty of pop gems -- "Senses Working Overtime" stands as one of their finest songs -- but the main focus seems to be the more expansive sound; most of the songs are drawn out to near-epic length, ultimately taking some of the impact of the songs away. Despite several terrific tracks, English Settlement seems more a transitional album than anything else, although the textural sound of the album is ...
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All Music Guide - Chris Woodstra
Andy Partridge's discovery of the 12-string guitar set the tone for English Settlement, an album that moved away from the pop gloss of Black Sea in favor of lighter, though still rhythmically heavy, acoustic numbers with more complex and intricate instrumentation. There are plenty of pop gems -- "Senses Working Overtime" stands as one of their finest songs -- but the main focus seems to be the more expansive sound; most of the songs are drawn out to near-epic length, ultimately taking some of the impact of the songs away. Despite several terrific tracks, English Settlement seems more a transitional album than anything else, although the textural sound of the album is quite remarkable, indicating the direction they would take in their post-touring incarnation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • Label: Caroline
  • UPC: 724385066023
  • Catalog Number: 50660
  • Sales rank: 29,969

Album Credits

Performance Credits
XTC Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Andy Partridge Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals, Brass, Korg, Angklung, Prophet 5, Guitar (12 String Acoustic), Animal Sounds
Terry Chambers Drums
Hans Devente Vocals
David Gregory Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Korg, Fuzz Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Colin Moulding Bass, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Fretless Bass Guitar, Korg
Hugh Padgham Vocals
Dave Percussion, Background Vocals, spanish guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric), Guitar (Nylon String), Prophet 5
Trans DeVente Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
XTC Producer
Ken Ansell Artwork
Art Dragon Illustrations
Colin Moulding Composer
Hugh Padgham Producer, Engineer, Vocal Support
Trans DeVente Vocal Support
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    This is the best CD from XTC. It really shows them at their best. It's not punk like their earlier stuff. It's not soft rock like most of "Skylarking." It's great pop music. The four best songs are: 1. No Thugs in our House 2. Jason and the Argonauts 3. Senses Working Overtime 4. Ball and Chain. For those three songs alone it is worth buying. All of the rest of the songs are also really good. There isn't one bad song here.

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