White Music was actually my intro to the band weirdly enough. So I'm pretty fond of it. Almost all of side 1 is aces. It's only like 35 minutes long or something though, so I don't think it really needs much trimming. It could have done without All Along The Watchtower though (I'd swap it with Science Friction from their debut EP).
Go 2 is a weird album. Definitely among their weakest. Seems like a pretty clear case of Sophomore Slump to me (it was released in the same year as White Music). Barry Andrews' songs are just werid and some of the experiments are interesting but not really all that good. Meccanik Dancing and the bonus Are You Receiving Me are both awesome songs though.
Yeah people don't always think about how early on in the new wave years XTC started. They were right on the forefront of that whole movement.
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