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XTC | Apple Venus (Cooking Vinyl)
At last! And I had no idea I was going to like it this much. Okay, so I may be a little biased. I've always been a fan. But I have a theory; I believe that XTC don't spew out any old album. It has got to be this good to pass through. And thank you XTC for thinking of me. I mean, how did they know what I wanted to hear? River of Orchids is just so perfect from start to finish. I don't think I've been inspired like this since In An Aeroplane Over The Sea. Oh, it's so nice. Just listening to Andy Partridge tell me how much he'd like that and... those harmonies... It's just so wonderful. Touches all the right places.... And then the trumpet comes in... and we are Frivolous Tonight. From the darkest moment of Your Dictionary to the flirtatious Fruit Nut I've been carried away on a grand ship with velvet banners and sparkling rhinestones by the Knights In Shining Karma. Off to the Harvest Festival in The Last Balloon and I don't know how long it will take, but I intend on enjoying every minute of flight time. Every song is a treasure uncovered now that I've got the map.

Tracy Lee Jackson
CWAS #4 - Winter 1998/9 - The Lost Issue