Combine One Part Pop, One Part Quirk, Stir Well

For those brave souls who gritted their teeth through the hellish nightmare of mid-70�s art-rock, the term art-pop may seem like just another thinly veiled dip into the abyss. But XTC blissfully balances the art-pop—the �art� part means that their hooks just happen to be consistently weird, and the �pop� part of it is that the weirdness is so catchy, it hardly ever seems selfconscious.

June 1, 1982
Jim Farber

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