XTC - Skylarking
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Based on 3 reviews
1986 Ratings: #4 / 102
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Based on 262 ratings
1986 Ratings: #11
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#97 Of Jamal's Top 100 Albums

Been aware of XTC but never gave them any interest untill Jamal's list
This interesting psychedelic pop album from the 80s has it highs and lows and but more important is the catchy tracks thru out the album


There's something amazing about Skylarking. It's hard to pinpoint what it is and also what the album sounds like. Because it's a bit of a mixed bag. It just doesn't sound like much else, really? I guess that's why the only tag here is psych pop, which is very misleading in my opinion. As a whole at least. Sometimes it sounds like alternative Beatles mixes from the late 60's, sometimes it sounds like Belle & Sebastian, sometimes it sounds like REM. Very weird, but I'm loving it.

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As it was the hottest day in the UK recently i decide to play Skylarking one of the best psychedelic pop records for summer and just sat in my garden with a cigar and some whiskey. It was a good time. Drawing from sunshine pop from the 60's bring it into 80's style gives the album a more nostalgic feel whilst not relying too much upon it to creat arguably one of the better summer albums from the 80's (like seriously i can only listen to this when the sun is blazing my skin to a crisp)

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I really did not enjoy this record, the vocals were just to annoying for me to enjoy the music. The instrumentals on a few of the songs we’re quite nice but every single song was pretty much forgettable.


This is SO Spring.


I was introduced to XTC in college and this sunny album in particular got me through many hours of writing art history papers. I absolutely adore it. Nothing overstays its welcome in the track list, each track is fresh and varied and most importantly, fun. I feel transported to another realm, a happier and carefree place that reminds me of childhood. Maybe that's why it feels so familiar in a comfortable way.

Summer's Cauldron: 100
Grass: 100
The Meeting Place: 100
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Track List

  1. Summer's Cauldron
  2. Grass
  3. The Meeting Place
  4. That's Really Super, Supergirl
  5. Ballet for a Rainy Day
  6. 1000 Umbrellas
  7. Season Cycle
  8. Earn Enough for Us
  9. Big Day
  10. Another Satellite
  11. Mermaid Smiled
  12. The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul
  13. Dying
  14. Sacrificial Bonfire 
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Added on: February 27, 2013