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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.

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