AOTY 2020

English Settlement

XTC - English Settlement
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1982 Ratings: #39 / 137
User Score
Based on 77 ratings
1982 Ratings: #17
Liked by 3 people
February 12, 1982 / Release Date
LP / Format
Virgin / Label
New Wave / Genres
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Such a great follow-up to Black Sea, with a nice playful soundscape whilst the lyrics truly stick with you throughout it's 70 minute run time and during those 70 minutes the album never gets boring and has some of XTC most underrated songs such as Down in the Cockpit and Knuckle Down.

Track Review

Runaways 8.5/10.
Ball and Chain 9/10
Senses Working Overtime 10/10
Jason and the Argonauts 8.5/10.
No Thugs in Our House 9.5/10
Yacht Dance 7.5/10.
All of a Sudden (It's Too Late) 7.5/10.
Melt the ... read more
I really love this one. It’s rare that a record’s instrumentation outshines its vocal melodies and hooks right out of the gate, but the textures of English Settlement are some of the richest I’ve heard on a new wave album. The way acoustic and electric guitars intertwine with each other and then weave through the mesmerizing drum patterns on each track is consistently engaging. The double version is a bit TOO long, with some songs not sticking out like others, but even on ... read more
'English Settlement' is inexplicably overrated, especially for a good band like XTC. I listened to the full version with 15 tracks, and man, ehh, it's really not that good. Most of it is listenable, ok, but the only song I enjoyed was "All of a Sudden (It's Too Late)", which still isn't so great. "Ball and Chain", "No Thugs in Our House", "Yacht Dance", "Melt the Guns": all poor. The rest is not bad, but mediocre, for sure. I don't like much of ... read more
This 'UK only' double album can be a slog. Seek ye the worldwide 10 track version for a concise and spikey new wave experience.
While they retain their bright craftsmanship, they make a serious step inwards, facing with exemplary maturity the creation of a sophisticated, pop song.
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Track List

  1. Runaways
  2. Ball and Chain
  3. Senses Working Overtime
  4. Jason and the Argonauts
  5. No Thugs in Our House
  6. Yacht Dance
  7. All of a Sudden (It's Too Late)
  8. Melt the Guns
  9. Leisure
  10. It's Nearly Africa
  11. Knuckle Down
  12. Fly on the Wall
  13. Down in the Cockpit
  14. English Roundabout
  15. Snowman
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Added on: April 14, 2013