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Wasp Star (Apple Venus, Pt. 2) Image
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 100
    Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2) finds Partridge and Moulding at the top of their game, making the collection a fitting match for past XTC triumphs...
  2. 90
    XTC proudly displays its roots while subsuming them into a larger sound, one that is wholly their own.
  3. One of the most unassuming, instantly pleasing efforts of XTC's career.
  4. It's a great bunch of songs, and it solidifies the notion that XTC are back from the wilderness and ready to rock the show.
  5. Its boisterous, melodic rock is invigorating to hear from a storm-weathered, 24-year old band.
  6. This record is really nothing more than a collection of sharp, witty, well-constructed pop songs.
  7. 40
    The balance of the album is crammed to capacity with placeholders for more fully developed ideas.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. JimRobson
    Dec 17, 2001
    10
    One of the ORIGINAL trendsetter bands from the '70's who have continued thru to this very day as an example of HOW to write clever, witty, exceptionally precise yet the loose groovers they would like to remain. They continue to inspire my very own songwriting styles. I flips me lid to 'em. -Jim Robson. Expand
  2. WillyP
    Dec 20, 2005
    10
    Partridge is the rare artist whose songwriting abilities continue to grow into middle age.
  3. HappyM.
    Jan 3, 2006
    10
    One of XTC's best!
  4. TravisC.
    May 22, 2002
    8
    While more pedestrian by XTC's standards, it's still a stand out among the current crop of clone-rockers dominating the sales charts and radio stations nowadays. The absence of long time lead guitarist and overall utility man Dave Gregory stands out on a few tracks, most notably on "Stupidly Happy" and "We're All Light", however the brilliance of Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding helps shape another album full of top calibre songwriting. As usual, there are numerous stand out tracks, but "My Brown Guitar" probably ranks among XTC's all-time best. Expand

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