10 Releases From A Departing Year – Xiu Xiu – Women As Lovers

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Tracklist:

I Do What I Want, When I Want

In Lust You Can Hear The Axe Fall

F.T.W.

No Friend Oh!

Guantanamo Canto

Under Pressure

Black Keyboard

Master Of The Bump (Kurt Stambaugh, I Feel The Soil Falling Over My Head)

You Are Pregnant You, You Are Dead

The Leash

Child At Arms

Puff And Bunny

White Nerd

Gayle Lynn

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Women As Lovers is a sixth studio outing of CA band Xiu Xiu, which was released on January 29 by Kill Rock Stars label. Title of the album is an English name of the novel “Die Liebhaberinnen”, written in 1975 by Austrian feminist writer Elfriede Jelinek. The album was described as being “more approachable or communicative on a basic human level” than any of band’s previous releases. The album includes of David Bowie/Queen song “Under Pressure” performed with Michael Gira (Swans, Angels Of Light).

Mike McGonigal from Amazon wrote abou the album – “You might say that this is Xiu Xiu’s Dub Housing, or that it sounds like the Arcade Fire scoring a David Lynch film. Either way, it’s amazing.” Wireless Bolinger website gave the album 41 points out of 100 and characterized it as “a mish-mash of vocals, “art” noise and instruments” and pointed out that “It leaves the listener having to work hard, forcing them to delve deep within its many levels to find any form of conventional song structure and underlying message – something which seems necessary for the overwrought nature of this music.”. Other sites gave the album the following scores/ratings:

Pitchfork – 7.9 out of 10

Popmatters – 8 out of 10

Drowned In Sound – 6 out of 10

The A.V. Club – B+

Tiny Mix Tapes – 3 out of 5

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