The best album by Xiu Xiu is A Promise which is ranked number 3,815 in the overall greatest album chart with a total rank score of 428.
Across its ten pristinely-produced tracks, Xiu Xiu comes off as challenging as ever, equally comfortable pumping out clangorous hellscapes (“Jenny Go Go”) as they are glitchy pop-songs (“Wondering”).
It’s because of the latter type of tracks that a number of critics have dubbed the record the band’s most accessible to date, something that annoys Stewart, a professed pop fan, to no end.“Accessibility is totally relative,” he said.
But while some have been turned off by Stewart’s preoccupation with disturbing themes like degradation, sexual violence, and extreme depression, a not insignificant number of fans have been drawn in because of that.
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While Stewart doesn’t take the band’s 15 years for granted, his main focus is what’s to come.
“I’m very interested in continuing to work and not feel nostalgic or look back in any way,” he said.
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I think people think it’s accessible because there are fucking songs on it.” is most definitely a Xiu Xiu album — joyous yelps and creepy whispers abound — but never feels like simply more of the same.
The band feels energized especially on twisted works of beauty like early record highlight “Get Up.” A saga in miniature ending in a rousing guitar solo, the song at once feels of a piece with “Clowne Towne,” a standout from the group’s 2003 masterpiece Like so much of the album, it gives a nod to the group’s roots, while never getting stuck on it.
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