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Hideous Bastard

Oliver Sim

Hideous Bastard

Debut album from The xx bassist/singer featuring a guest appearance from Jimmy Somerville was produced by Jamie xx

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  1. 10.0 |   DIY

    Oliver takes on both past and present realities with a candour that surprises even him
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  2. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A celebration of the imperfect, of the times in which we don’t always feel our best; in a world that encourages us to constantly feel our most beautiful, Hideous shows us that our worth is not bound to our physical identities
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  3. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The xx duo eagerly depart from the templates that have served their band so well, thereby imparting Hideous Bastard with a spontaneity that complements the courage and candour in the lyrics. Print edition

  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Sim's painful journey also feels like catharsis, and packs a vivid statement of musical intent. Print edition

  5. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Musically, Hideous Bastard engages in a dialogue with the past, whether it’s Sim’s youth or the last half century of music and cinema
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  6. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A heartfelt journey towards self-acceptance, told through raw, minimal inversions of the classic pop sounds Bronski Beat pioneered decades ago
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  7. 8.0 |   NME

    A powerful record that finds him purging his demons
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  8. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Away from his Mercury Prize-winning band, Oliver Sim’s own identity comes into focus
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  9. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    On The xx vocalist’s solo debut, produced by Jamie xx, it’s comforting to hear that haunted, fragile spectral sound even while the lyrical content surprises
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  10. 7.2 |   Beats Per Minute

    Hideous Bastard proves a stirring, uncomfortably honest and ultimately inspiring portrait of Oliver Sim and his internal conflicts
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  11. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    The xx’s Oliver Sim goes solo with Hideous Bastard, which deals with deconstruction and learning to surrender to desire as a means of a resurrection
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  12. 6.5 |   Pitchfork

    The solo debut from the xx vocalist is a quiet work of personal exploration. Rife with growing pains, it occasionally hints at real beauty
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  13. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Though he struggles to match the devastating lead single, Sim reveals new emotional range
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