Skylarking (Remaster)

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Working with producer Todd Rundgren didn't necessarily bring XTC a sense of sonic cohesion -- after all, every record since English Settlement followed its own interior logic -- but it did help the group sharpen their focus, making Skylarking their tightest record since Drums & Wires. Ironically, Skylarking had little to do with new wave and everything to do with the lush, post-psychedelic pop of the Beatles and Beach Boys. Combining the charming pastoral feel of Mummer with the classicist English pop of The Big Express, XTC expands their signature sound by enhancing their intelligently melodic pop with graceful, lyrical arrangements and sweeping, detailed ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Working with producer Todd Rundgren didn't necessarily bring XTC a sense of sonic cohesion -- after all, every record since English Settlement followed its own interior logic -- but it did help the group sharpen their focus, making Skylarking their tightest record since Drums & Wires. Ironically, Skylarking had little to do with new wave and everything to do with the lush, post-psychedelic pop of the Beatles and Beach Boys. Combining the charming pastoral feel of Mummer with the classicist English pop of The Big Express, XTC expands their signature sound by enhancing their intelligently melodic pop with graceful, lyrical arrangements and sweeping, detailed instrumentation. Rundgren may have devised the sequencing, helping the record feel like a song cycle even if it doesn't play like one, but what really impresses is the consistency and depth of Andy Partridge's and Colin Moulding's songs. Each song is a small gem, marrying sweet, catchy melodies to decidedly adult lyrical themes, from celebrations of love "Grass" and marriage "Big Day" to skepticism about maturation "Earn Enough for Us" and religion "Dear God". Moulding's songs complement Partridge's songs better than before, and each writer is at a melodic and lyrical peak, which Rundgren helps convey with his supple production. The result is a pop masterpiece -- an album that has great ambitions and fulfills them with ease. [The initial release of Skylarking didn't feature "Dear God," which was originally the B-side of "Grass." After "Dear God" became an unexpected hit, "Mermaid Smile" was pulled from the album so the hit single could be added to the record. Meanwhile, the U.K. release didn't cut "Mermaid Smile," instead just pasting "Dear God" to the end of the album. Skylarking was also released with a bonus track, "Dear God."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2002
  • Label: Caroline
  • UPC: 724385069024
  • Catalog Number: 50690
  • Sales rank: 14,345

Album Credits

Performance Credits
XTC Primary Artist
Andy Partridge Guitar, Vocals
David Gregory Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, chamberlain
Colin Moulding Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Beech Avenue Boys Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Todd Rundgren Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Concept, Orchestral Arrangements, Continuity
Andy Partridge Composer
David Gregory Contributor, String Arrangements
Colin Moulding Composer, Contributor
Prairie Prince Contributor
Prarie Prince Contributor
Cindy Palmano Sleeve Photo
David Dragon Illustrations, Drawing
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  • Posted February 9, 2011

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    Welcome to an alternate reality

    Welcome to and alternate reality, one where music is valued for its originality and craft, where the ability to move you to tears or compel you to dance is the determinating factor for success, and where lyrics are poetry, funny and sad and perfect.

    In this world, Skylarking is the highest selling album of all time, and XTC are multi billionaires.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    "Dear God" is the only hit. "Earn Enough for Us" is good. The other songs sound weird. The lyrics are really weird. To hear a chorus of the word grass and people rolling over clovers is just weird. Meet you at the meeting place also is a very weird and stupid song. This album is just too weird.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love this album!

    start to finish just beautiful. I do like that they have restored the original song "mermaid smiles" in the correct order. This was left off the first release and Dear God was substituted. One of those albums you can put on and just relax and listen to all the way through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not good

    XTC has so much talent, but I just don't see it on this album. We all know "Dear God" is a big hit. That, however, is the only one on this album. All of the rest of the songs are slow and don't make any sense. I guess they were trying to be artistic, but it didn't work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You can't go wrong here

    This is perhaps one of the best albums to come out of the 1980's. Fluid and beautiful string arrangements with thoughtful lyrics make it an intellectual's dream play. This is the one that gave us the poignant ''Dear God'' as well as the atmospheric ''Sacrificial Bonfire.'' This album is truly XTC's best. I Hightly Recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly a Masterpiece

    Anyone looking for a contemporary Sargent Pepper's or Pet Sounds should check this album out. The production is absolutely brilliant. It's also rare these days to listen to an album that is written with musical and lyrical themes that weave across the songs (as opposed to a collection of singles).

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