Apple Venus Volume One
Label: IDEA RECORDS
The less-pop record of XTC's two releases in 1999, Apple Venus 1 travels down an extremely baroque path. French horns, cellos and strings provide the backdrop for Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding's first album since '92s Nonsuch. As one might expect, it's an incredibly well-crafted, eccentric record with "Your Dictionary" and "Green Man" being highlights.