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English Settlement
     

English Settlement

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by XTC
 

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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"

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/25/2002
Label:
Caroline
UPC:
0724385066023
catalogNumber:
50660

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

XTC   Primary Artist
Andy Partridge   Acoustic 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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English Settlement 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.