Submitted by ip33 on 12 December 2013 - 1:59pm
What's it called?:
Nonsuch (CD+Blu-Ray 5.1 Surround Edition)
What does it sound like?:
The first of a series of expanded and re-mixed surround sound 5.1 editions by sound wizard Steven Wilson, Nonsuch is the last of the Virgin albums before the groups 'strike', released in 1992 and named after Henry VIII's grandest building project. As always with XTC the quality of song-writing and music is second to none. This edition brings a totally new dimension with the multi-layered tracks really jumping from the speakers. The stereo mix is stunning but the 5.1 is amazing with Peter Pumpkinhead booming out, Dave Mattacks drums cracking the plaster and the piano lead on Wrapped in Grey sounding crystal clear, it sounds like you are with them in the studio. I find it impossible to pick out favourites but if forced to 'The Disappointed' is a stunning pop song which any group would be proud to have written but only Andy P can and 'Bungalow' is Colin M's best I think, with the English melancholy that he does so brilliantly. Thanks to Declan@Panegyric,Bargepole.
What does it all *mean*?:
It should have meant that XTC had some huge hits in 1992 but of course the cloth-eared public didn't buy enough! This edition means that you can really hear everything, Steve Wilson has really worked his magic on this. Roll on Drums & Wires!
Goes well with …:
A Winters afternoon, a crackling fire, a House on the South Coast and a half-decent surround system.
Might suit people who like …:
Quality, quality and more quality.