Apple Venus Volume 1
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These venerable English pop artisans eschew rock electricity in favor of subtler acoustic and orchestral textures, with compelling results. -- Entertainment Weekly
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This was to be Andy Partridge's unplugged orchestra album. Sometime in the 1990s he admitted that he was miffed that Elvis Costello (i.e., his "Juliet Letters") beat him to his goal of an all orchestra album. Undaunted, and on strike from Virgin Records, the project stayed afloat, however tenuously (XTC did not have an active record label through most of the 1990s, which is astonishing). Miraculously, at the cusp of the new millenium, a new XTC album appeared sporting a new contract with a sparkly new label. It had been a long constipated wait since 1992's "Nonesuch", but the wait was ultimately worth it.
Volume 1 of the Apple Venus diptych is the mellower more beautiful of the two volumes. "Wasp Star" or Volume 2, is where the amplifiers and distortion come out to play with our auditory canals.
Strings and acoustic guitars abound here. "River of Orchids" - a lusty utopian dream of no cars no pavement walk on hands into town - begins the album with a single "plop". This plop segues into a rhythm which is joined by a trumpety sound which is joined by other instruments all accompanied by Partridge's self-harmonized vocals. "I'd Like That" - a lusty dream of a more salicious and delicious sort - bangs in the acoustic instruments and innuendos. These two songs set the tone for the album brilliantly.Read more ›
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ONE OF THE BEST ASSEMBLED RECORDS IN THE HISTORY OF ROCK, NO WEAK POINTS, ALL SONGS ALL WELL CRAFTED AND BEAUTIFULPublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
Apple Venus Volume 1 (1999) was the long-awaited album from England's XTC following a "strike" with Virgin Records. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Todd7
This one slipped under my radar when it first came out and I only recently got around to buying it and hearing it for the first time. Well, I'm impressed. Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Donald E. Gilliland
I come back to AV Vol 1. again and again. If you're on the fence, go ahead and get it - you won't be disappointed.Published on June 1, 2011 by Nicole D.
i am shocked by the talent of one andy partridge. my HERO! his voice is sooooo good. his songwriting is beyond anyone alive today. really not even close. Read morePublished on March 30, 2010 by elliott smith
I think this is an album that grows on you with each listen. Lush, introspective, a natural progression for Andy Partridge & XTC. Read morePublished on June 8, 2009 by chicvibe
I didn't know much about XTC when a family member talked me into buying this CD shortly after it came out. Read morePublished on February 22, 2009 by John Stodder
XTC has been going steadily downhill since Oranges & Lemons. This album is the end of Andy Partridge's songwriting career and easily one of the worst albums I've every tried to... Read morePublished on December 21, 2008 by Mugwomp McGillicuddy
The punk-turned-Britpop group XTC released this fine album in 1999 on the independent TVT label following a seven year "hiatus/strike" with their former label. Read morePublished on October 4, 2008 by Moldyoldie