Their eponymous album, released several years after being recorded, has a less frantic tone, but just as much enthusiasm and witty pop intelligence. Bittle and Jones individually write songs that encompass a lot of stylistic ground, from romantic sophistication to a wackiness that variously resembles XTC and the B-52's. Without adding anything inappropriately slick, Dixon (working here with Mitch Easter) gussies the band up a tad and makes the LP a ton of fun.
More mature and varied, yet no less enticing, Love and Politics is the X-Teens' final release; in 1985, they divided in half to form two new groups. The only thing really missing here is the lyrical silliness, downplayed in favor of more straightforward prose. An excellent pure pop album utterly free of guile and bogus commercial compromises. ~ Phillip Ewing, 80s Retro Music