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Xiu Xiu


Latest from Jamie Stewart's experimental rock project, with production from John Congleton, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, and Angela Seo

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  1. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Things are less avant and more electro-pop here, and traditional song structures replace wild flights of experimental fancy, but it's all solidly written, and retains the band's edge, too
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  2. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Jamie Stewart’s vocal swerves from yearning to menacing, sometimes in the same songs, and the devastating Petite is a highlight.
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  3. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

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  4. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    One of the band’s tightest and most consistent works yet, its grimness belied yet also supported by the impeccable pop framework sustained throughout
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  5. 7.6 |   Earbuddy

    Xiu Xiu's latest album doesn't FORGET how to be weird even if it's weirdly accessible
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  6. 7.5 |   The 405

    Despite all the strong components of pain and misery latched to Xiu Xiu, they have managed to keep reinventing and FORGET recaptures parts of what influenced them in previous releases
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  7. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    The album will probably disappoint Xiu Xiu’s more cerebral followers as too smooth and straightforward for their liking
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  8. 7.0 |   Beardfood

    This may be their most accessible album to date
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  9. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Electronics switching from twinkling and melodic to antagonistic industrial clangs. Print edition only

  10. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Effectively manages to capture the chaos associated with some of this band's other records and focuses their intensity into a more cathartic experience for the listener
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  11. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Forget is Xiu Xiu’s purest pop record, though that doesn’t make it any more accessible
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  12. 6.4 |   Pitchfork

    Consolidates several of the band’s strengths—mixing hooks, cacophony, and stellar production. Individual moments shine, but the album can lull you into a state of absentmindedness
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  13. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Stewart’s latter-day Scott Walker vocals are paired with phalanxes of mangled synthesiser and decaying rhythms to make for a characteristically complex – albeit rewarding – listen
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