- Released: June 11, 2001
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Caroline
Spin - p.104
"New wave gets refined..."
Spin - p.102
"If these guys were the Beatles of new wave, this is their REVOLVER..."
Q - 7/01, p.1393 stars out of 5
- "...XTC were a motherlode of rampant imagination...Here they began to find themselves in thwacking rock..."
CMJ - 1/5/04, p.6Ranked #20
in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1980".
- 1.Making Plans for Nigel
- 3.Day In Day Out
- 4.When You're Near Me I Have Difficulty
- 5.Ten Feet Tall
- 6.Roads Girdle The Globe
- 7.Life Begins At The Hop - (bonus track)
- 8.Chain Of Command - (bonus track)
- 9.Limelight - (bonus track)
- 10.Real By Reel
- 12.That Is The Way
- 13.Outside World
- 14.Scissor Man
- 15.Complicated Game
- 16.Life Begins At The Hop - (bonus track)
- 17.Chain Of Command - (bonus track)
- 18.Limelight - (bonus track)
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
This third album marks a significant personnel change for XTC. Organist Barry Andrews departed and was replaced by guitarist Dave Gregory. While neither of the two wrote songs for the band, the change effectively removed the most "New Wave" element in XTC's original sound, ultimately setting the stage for a magnificent sonic expansion over the following several albums.
Opening with one of their biggest hits, "Making Plans For Nigel," the album finds the Partridge-Gregory guitar interplay exploring the rich fields of Captain Beefheart (the tag to "Day In Day Out" is pure Magic Band). The relative quiet of "Ten Feet Tall" sounds positively pastoral after the nonstop energy of the last two albums. With "Life Begins at the Hop" Colin Moulding was emerging as XTC's hit-bound writer, but since these charting entries he's remained pretty much in the shadows of the more prolific Andy Partridge.