- Insanely good sound from start to finish, with all four sides rating a Triple Plus (A+++)
- You won’t believe how good this record sounds – on a Big System this is a sonic tour de force, a MONSTER Demo Disc
- This copy has huge amounts of open studio space and that Tubey Magical, rich, fat, dense British Rock Sound we love
- Includes the hit Senses Working Overtime – “The textural sound of the album is quite remarkable” — Allmusic, 4 stars
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This is an AMAZINGLY well-recorded album, with huge amounts of open studio space and that Tubey Magical, rich, fat, dense British Rock Sound. That sound isn’t easy to reproduce, but this copy absolutely nails it. Nothing else in our shootout came close to it!
If you have big speakers and the room to play them, this is quite the sonic tour de force. Credit Hugh Padgham, producer and engineer, who’s worked with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Genesis, The Police, Yes and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Those bands make the kind of music that make good use of Padgham trademark sound: wall-to-wall, deep, layered, smooth, rich and stuffed to the gills. XTC with Padgham’s help have here produced a real steamroller of an album in English Settlement.
The big hit on this album is one that most audiophiles will probably know: Senses Working Overtime. Even over the radio you can hear how dense the production is. Imagine what it sounds like on an original British pressing with Hot Stampers, played on a modern audiophile rig. Simply put, IT ROCKS. (more…)