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Released in 1986. Produced by Todd Rundgren. In interviews, Andy Partridge has often said that the Rundgren was difficult to work with and that he disagreed with Rundgren's choices during the recording – but upon reflection is very happy with the way the album turned out.

This album has a very "Beatlesque" feel to it. Often cited as XTC's best album.

Initially released with "Mermaid Smiled" in the UK, but then new pressings had "Dear God" added after it became… read more



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  • There are many many albums in a large variety of genres that I absolutely love... This is the only one I consider absolutely perfect, easily my favorite album of all time.
  • lovely album, but I wish last.fm would put the pubic bush cover up instead
  • Pure pop gold
  • I treasure my vinyl copy of this, even if I was lucky enough too pick it up for £2 from a charity shop!
  • I wish more radio pop bullshit was this fucking good, then. I mean, jeez, talk about dumb things to say. [2]
  • A long, long way from Drums and Wires - a maturation from quirky to masterful.
  • A lovely album, hadn't listened to it in a while and was pleasantly reminded how good it is.
  • best
  • If only Todd had done an album this good by himself in the 80s
  • That's really super guys.

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