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Record Reviews: Pop

XTC: Apple Venus (Cooking Vinyl). Seven years since XTC's last album, this LP - a truly enchanting collection - has slipped out with no advance publicity at all: typical of a band who are destined to dodge success. They could claim to be the archetypal Britpop combo, but they stayed out of sight for the whole Britpop era. They rediscovered Sixties psychedelia years before anyone else, but they've now shelved it in favour of acoustic strumming and George Martin-inspired chamber orchestras. On Apple Venus, XTC have been nibbled down to the core duo of Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding, but they retain their love of wordplay, lulling melodies, and lyrics about cycling to country pubs for a glass of stout. If anything, they're more bucolic than ever, with the opening track advocating the conversion of motorways into "rivers of orchids", and Partridge's high, swooping vocals recalling Sting. Apple Venus is as lovely as a sunset, if hardly likely to make XTC millionaires. Nothing's changed, then.

Pop: Out on his Todd again

Todd Rundgren is a pioneer. His eclectic albums were the benchmark for a decade, his innovative studio techniques one step ahead of the music industry. So now he's bypassing it altogether.

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Trevor Travel takes a big trip

IF I WERE God, or a parent, or the producer of The Truman Show, I would create a character called Trevor Travel. The point of his existence would be to take the perfect holiday.

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IN 1996, when the Bluetones appeared on a TV show called The Noize, they decided to swap places with each other. "And as they all look pretty similar," boasts their press release, "only their fans could tell!"

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Edinburgh pulls up the drawbridge as TV rivals dig in for Hogmanay

Edinburgh will become a walled city tonight to reduce the risk of a Hillsborough-style tragedy at its Hogmanay celebrations. But restricting the number of New Year revellers won't diminish the challenge facing rival television networks endeavouring to bring the party atmosphere to viewers across Britain, finds Media Editor Rob Brown.

Records: Bryan Adams Unplugged (A&M 540 831 2)

This, surely, makes a nonsense of the "acoustic" tag suggested by the term Unplugged. Sure, Adams and band may be playing acoustic instruments on this collection of rehashed moments from his back catalogue, but they're fed through such an array of limiters, compressors, reverb units and the like that these versions sound, if anything, louder and denser than the original "electric" ones.
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