Skylarking [Corrected Polarity Edition]
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My first impression is how gorgeous this sounds, lush, full, broad, deep, expansive........aw its just delicious....sorry, Im listening as I type.
So, expanded version with all the tracks on it including the one they thought might offend ( dear God), the cover in all its unadorned shamelessness ( how the heck this was considred risque back in the day ...ah well).
Many reviews will comment on the music, suffice to say I really do consider this album a classic, its an oft over used hyperbole, but it happens to be true, this album has stood the test of time.
Its no mistake that this album represents the psychedelic( esque) pinnacle of XTC, and, given the releases either side of it were Dukes Of Sratotsfear albums kinda confirms it.
I still dont fully understand the 'polarity' issue, but all I do know is that this album sounds utterly stunning......it is part of a body of work that it still largely underepresented in a lot of music collections of my friends( and probably generally too); but they are all gonna be forced to listen to this little beaut.
edit....it was 28 years ago!!! old!
Obviously, there will always be those who still aren't completely satisfied, but as a former (average) musician I tend to glaze over when I hear studio nerds banging on about 'compression' etc. and try to listen as a fan of great music and assess its emotional impact, not nit pick the audio quality. That being said, I am very glad it's been 'corrected' and it is still an album with an impact - emotional and musical - few others have.
As to the music, I can't think of a single song of the 15 on it that isn't a standout.
This record was really an achievement for the band and its producer.
Whatever the internal politics of the making of this record, it remains a fantastic listen and it hasn't dated at all.
Extremely highly recommended.
From the recorded sounds of 'Summers Cauldron' to catchy stomp of 'Earn Enough For Us' to the acoustic shimmer of 'Mermaid Smiled', there is not one track that isn't brilliant. There is plenty of variety too. It moves from foot-tapping pop (the wonderful superman referencing 'That's Really Super, Supergirl' and 'Season Cycle) to reflective and somber ('Dying' and 'Sacrifcial Bonfire') without losing any flow. The vocals always sound passionate and the more upfront bass gives a great backbone to most of the songs.
Skylarking was XTC showing their brilliance once again. Along with Black Sea and English Settlement, this is another superb piece of work. There's plenty on offer here and this is a perfect gateway into the band due to its pop sensibility. It's a shame that XTC aren't usually mentioned as one of the great British bands of the their time, because albums like this show that when on form they were as good as anyone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's funny to think that when this came out it sold just 15,000 copies and peaked at 94 in the charts. I was one of those few who bought it and it was a lonely experience. Read morePublished 21 days ago by WOOLLY MAMMOTH
Vast improvement over the original CD. Not only is 'Dear Mr. God' included. The "Corrected Polarity" is a vast sonic improvement over the anemic original CD. Read morePublished 5 months ago by P. Etschmayer
I apparently had the "incorrect polarity" lp? The cd is a fresh surprise to the ears and as the lp was worth 5 stars then this should have 6 as the experience was... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael J. Hawkins
Getting to enjoy this more as I listen to it over the weeks.Published 8 months ago by Mr P A Lalgee