MUSiC. January 3, 2014 by Jason.

XTC - Nonsuch
Source: CDDA
Genre: New Wave
Label: Caroline
Ripdate: 03.Jan.2014
Quality: avg. 250kbps / 44.1kHz / Joint-Stereo

Release Notes:
Patently incapable of making substandard records and equally hopeless at actually selling them, XTC's 10th studio album Nonsuch (produced by Gus Dudgeon and benefiting from the crisp drum work of former Fairport Convention sticksman Dave Mattacks) was yet another sublime, literate and unpredictable Anglo-pop masterpiece, brimming with tuneful deviousness, intelligent arrangements and interesting subject matter but nevertheless avoided by the public as if it were an approaching tramp with a personal hygiene problem. That quirky Canadians Crash Test Dummies actually had a hit with an exact replica of "Ballad of Peter Pumpkin" can only be attributed to their choice of deodorant. A similar injustice befell single "The Disappointed" (Andy Partridge's anthem for the amorously disenfranchised and surely one of their best ever recordings), which narrowly failed to win an Ivor Novello Award. Still, typically for a band who've never enjoyed the full rub of the green, some of the finest moments on Nonsuch deal with either underachievement (as on Colin Moulding's "Smartest Monkeys", which questions how mankind can get to the moon but can't solve problems of hunger and homelessness); such anti-showbiz mundanity as walking the dog ("Humble Daisy"); or aspiring to a retirement home by the sea (another forlorn Moulding number fusing Noel Coward with the Beach Boys' pocket symphonies). Other than "The Disappointed", the real must-hear is the anti-censorship "Books are Burning", inspired by the Salman Rushdie affair and by German poet Heinrich Heine's famous quote, and musically pitched halfway between "Hey Jude" and Leo Sayer's "When I Need You", ascending to a climactic duel between the frying guitars of Partridge and Gregory. --Kevin Maidment

01~ The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead 05:04
02~ My Bird Performs 03:57
03~ Dear Madam Barnum 02:54
04~ Humble Daisy 03:41
05~ The Smartest Monkeys 04:25
06~ The Disappointed 03:37
07~ Holly Up On Poppy 03:08
08~ Crocodile 03:59
09~ Rook 03:48
10~ Omnibus 03:29
11~ That Wave 03:46
12~ Then She Appeared 04:03
13~ War Dance 03:24
14~ Wrapped In Grey 03:47
15~ The Ugly Underneath 03:55
16~ Bungalow 02:52
17~ Books Are Burning 04:52
18~ Didn't Hurt A Bit 03:27
Total Time: 68:08 min

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