Oranges & Lemons (Remaster)

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Skylarking was an ambitious yet concise record, one that recalled such graceful concept albums as Pet Sounds and Sgt. Pepper, so it wasn't entirely a surprise that XTC embraced psychedelia on its double-album follow-up, Oranges & Lemons, especially if their celebrated Dukes of Stratosphear side project was taken into consideration as well. Oranges & Lemons lacks the singular focus of Skylarking, but at its best, it's just as impressive as its predecessor. Instead of revelling in the form of psychedelic pop, as they did with the Dukes, XTC bring the genre's sensibility to the mature pop of Skylarking, spiking it with a wry, occasionally absurd sense of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Skylarking was an ambitious yet concise record, one that recalled such graceful concept albums as Pet Sounds and Sgt. Pepper, so it wasn't entirely a surprise that XTC embraced psychedelia on its double-album follow-up, Oranges & Lemons, especially if their celebrated Dukes of Stratosphear side project was taken into consideration as well. Oranges & Lemons lacks the singular focus of Skylarking, but at its best, it's just as impressive as its predecessor. Instead of revelling in the form of psychedelic pop, as they did with the Dukes, XTC bring the genre's sensibility to the mature pop of Skylarking, spiking it with a wry, occasionally absurd sense of humor missing from its predecessor. The result is a record exploding with details, not the least of which are backward guitars, sound effects, and head-spinningly eclectic arrangements. It's sonically rich and filled with immaculately crafted songs, but Oranges & Lemons falls just short of being a tour de force, since each song feels like an island -- they work well as individual tracks, but they don't form a cohesive statement. However, that's a minor complaint, because Colin Moulding and Andy Partridge in particular are in peak form, contributing some of their very finest songs in "Garden of Earthly Delights," "The Loving," "One of the Millions," "Merely a Man," "Pink Thing," and the elegiac "Chalkhills and Children." Such songs make the relative weaknesses of the album well worth enduring.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2002
  • Label: Caroline
  • UPC: 724385068324
  • Catalog Number: 50683
  • Sales rank: 63,272

Album Credits

Performance Credits
XTC Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Andy Partridge Guitar, Vocals, Musician
David Gregory Musician
Pat Mastelotto Drums
Colin Moulding Musician
Technical Credits
XTC Producer
Ken Ansell Cover Design
Paul Fox Producer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Pat Mastelotto Programming
Ed Thacker Engineer
Ian Cooper Remastering
Adrian Partridge Cover Design
David Dragon Cover Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    maybe some day i'll introduce you to a female pink thing

    I heard this album at a friend's house and thought, "Who the hell are these guys?" A great love song that you may have heard on the radio fifteen years ago, a politcal statement, a song about a gentleman who bears his soul to the world. Then, from the depths of peotry on love and war, there's a song about both an infant child and the penis of one lead singer. This album is serious and fun ant the same time. If you like to laugh and think and 80's rock, buy this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Crisp, Witty, Poetic! What More Do You Want?

    XTC is a band of humble, funny, talented English Gentlemen who never take themselves too seriously. They are one of my favorite bands because they march to the beat of their own drum (and sound a bit like the 'Beatles of today' would sound). Each song on Oranges And Lemons is tight, crisp, intricate, and highly original. Andy Partridge is at his peak on "King For A Day" and "Merely A Man". Everything here is unique and highly musical. First-timers will find Oranges And Lemons more accessible than the group's earlier work. XTC is truly a band who has evolved with the times, but has sold-out to the mass-market machine. They continue to get better into the new age of music and technology.

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