Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fear and Self-Loathing in My Own Little Sacramento (Music Review)

First impression Music Review
Xiu Xiu - Dear God, I Hate Myself B+

Xiu Xiu has always sounded like a band on the brink of a nervous breakdown and I love them for that. On the title track frontman Jamie Stewart sings "I will always be nicer to the cat than I am to you" with complete sincerity. While on the opening track "Gray Death" he promises to be extra outrageous. He delivers... as always.

Dear God, I Hate Myself is a peek inside the mind of a serial killer, a scorned lover and a hopeless romantic. It's perversely exquisite and delectably creepy... at least that's how their albums always come off to me within the first few listens.

There are three songs in the middle of the album that slightly disappoint, but overall this is an exciting and terrific outing for Jamie Stewart and his ever changing band mates. I can't wait to see these guys live next week!

Standout Tracks - "Chocolate Makes You Happy", "Cumberland Gap", "House Sparrow", Dear God, I Hate Myself", "Apple For A Brain" and "Gray Death".


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