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XTC - Go 2 (2001) Retail CD
Originally released late in 1978, Go 2, XTC's single-less second album (although the concurrent single "Are You Receiving Me?" is included here), was also the last to feature the Swindon combos' original line-up. Within three months of Go 2 hitting the racks (and the album charts at Number 21) keyboard player Barry Andrews--at loggerheads with Captain Andy Partridge over the exclusion of several of his songs from the album--was packing his bags (he soon teamed-up with Robert Fripp in League of Gentlemen) and thus began XTC's slowly pleasurable evolution from burping, convulsive art-punk splutterersmore… into the quintessentially tuneful English pop bards we know today. With hindsight, this isn't one of XTC's greatest albums (the excruciating knob-gag innuendo of Barry Andrew's "My Weapon" being a case in point), but don't let that detract from the textural uniqueness of the material on offer. Colin Mouldings' sliding, twanged elastic-band bass-guitar sound, for example, subsequently found an attentive admirer in Blur's Alex James (in fact, you can even hear a Blur protype emerging in "Jumping In Gomorrah") whilst the mouth-frothing mania of "Red", the hilariously robotic "Meccanik Dancing" and the ascending, nursery-rhyme keyboard simplicity of "The Rhythm" are all the unmistakable sound of a one-off band doing their one-off thing--for the very final time. --Kevin Maidment
|1||Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go)|
|2||Battery Brides (Andy Paints Brian)|
|3||Buzz City Talking|
|8||Life Is Good In The Greenhouse|
|9||Jumping In Gomorrah|
|12||I Am The Audience|
|13||Are You Receiving Me|
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