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Xiu Xiu
Dear God, I Hate Myself - Kill Rock Stars
FILTER Grade: 77%

By Sam Roudman on March 25, 2010


Xiu Xiu

Mixing classic composition, free jazz, techno, post punk, 
the occasional folk traditional, gamelan, and probably many more things most of us have never heard of, Xiu Xiu has sliced a schizoid bent so peculiar, so abrasive, that it’s sure to inspire some combination of allegiance, disgust and confusion. There’s so much distraction and digression in Xiu Xiu, it’s easy to forget that when songwriter Jamie Stewart sits down to write a pop song—clenched falsetto and T.M.I. psychosexual torments notwithstanding—he kills it. More wedded to techno than its jazz leaning previous album, Women as Lovers, Xiu Xiu’s Dear God has at least three memorable post-punk anthems, including album opener “Gray Death.” For the most part, though, the album is a series of challenges, most notably the scattered “Hyunhye’s Theme” and “Falkland Rd.” While a number of songs are produced in part with a Nintendo DS, Dear God sounds more obsessive and self-loathing than playful. “If you expect me to be outrageous, I will be extra outrageous,” admonishes Stewart at the album’s start. Dude, we get it. In fact, we’ve come to expect it.

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