Review: XTC – Easter Theatre (Pop)

This review covers the pop track XTC – Easter Theatre.

This track was released in 1999 on the album Apple Venus Volume 1.

The track starts off with strings and a drum roll. Vocals then come in backed by some light instrumental elements.

After that, the vocals lead the track into the main chorus. At the end, the guitar comes in. This leads to a short guitar solo.

The vocals then enter the track for a verse backed by some brass. Shortly after, the vocals take the track into the main chorus. After a brief instrumental section, the vocals continue. Brass returns to the track along with a guitar. This is capped off with a brief instrumental heavy with strings.

From there, the vocals take the track back into a main chorus. Backup vocals are also present. The track then pulls back a bit. Some non-lyrical vocals then randomly appear. The track then gradually fades out.

I have to say, the first thing that comes to mind for me while listening to this track is cringe. It’s hard to really find much that is even remotely enjoyable in this track. The main chorus for brief periods makes this track tolerable, but that’s about it.

Some of the instruments hit some pretty sour notes part way through. They do so on multiple occasions as well. It just makes for a real nails on chalkboard sound.

The backup vocals also hit some very awkward high notes that just gives this track an overall amateurish sound.

In addition to this, there is just no flow. Elements pop in and disappear almost seemingly at random at times. So, that overall musical flow is just badly broken up.

Overall, it’s hard to find anything positive about this track. It does have some tolerable moments during the main chorus. Beyond that, it is a track that should have been dropped onto the cutting room floor. Various instruments hit some really awkward notes, the backup vocals are just awkward with some of their high notes, and there simply is no flow. This is a very painful track to listen to and I look forward to never hearing it again.


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