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Dear God, I Hate Myself

Xiu Xiu

Dear God, I Hate Myself

Album number seven from the Californian experimental art rock band led by Jamie Stewart

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Kill Rock Stars
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  1. 8.0 |   music OMH becomes apparent that this is simply the only way Stewart knows how to make music. What a horrifying, but astonishingly honest and refreshing accomplishment
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  2. 8.0 |   Spin

    It's with his jarring mix of the banal and the brutal that Stewart shows his outrageous brilliance
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  3. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    ...a defining achievement from an accomplished, veteran group
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  4. 8.0 |   FasterLouder

    New Order are often mentioned as a touchstone for Xiu Xiu, and not without reason, but it’s probably Joy Division who are more of a reference point
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  5. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    It's remarkable how much mileage he's wrung out of basically melding New Order with the Suspiria soundtrack
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  6. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    While the songs tend to blur together on first listen, after a while their distinctness, and ragged beauty, emerges
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  7. 7.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Like Xiu Xiu releases before it, Jamie Stewart’s unique brand of discordant pop balances despair with optimism and loathing with empathy
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  8. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    While telling you this is not a unique or pretty thing, I must express that it is still a necessary object, beautifully constructed for its purpose
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  9. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    By most accepted yardsticks, this is still not an easy album to listen to. Its component sounds are less abrasive than much of Xiu Xiu’s catalogue, but the manner in which they’re arranged is crucial
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  10. 7.0 |   NME

    Print edition only

  11. 6.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    Despite being musically engaging and tuneful, it rings empty for me
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  12. 6.5 |   Blurt

    ...despite being musically engaging and tuneful, it still rings empty
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  13. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Print edition only

  14. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Xiu Xiu’s approach can in fact be distancing. The songs are frequently emotionally overwrought, usually due to Stewart’s delivery, to the point of ludicrousness, making it impossible to relate to the sentiments within
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  15. 6.0 |   Bowlegs

    This could genuinely have been a great album if the fat had been trimmed and the self-indulgence set to one side. Because there are some excellent tracks here
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