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  • Summary: Dear God, I Hate Myself is the art-rock band's first release featuring new band member Angela Seo (keys). The album also features contributions from producer/Deerhoof member Greg Saunier.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
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  1. Referencing everything from OMD’s Dazzle Ships (on the Speak-&-Spell-esque “Apple For A Brain”) to Tears For Fears’ The Hurting (on the digital-acoustic “Gray Death”), Stewart and Seo have twisted an admittedly dated retro-synth chic into something far more evocative and, yes, progressive.
  2. 80
    But it's with his jarring mix of the banal and the brutal ("I will always be nicer to the cat / Than I will be to you") that Stewart shows his outrageous brilliance.
  3. Dear God… is as engagingly weird as anything before, but flows so much better by incorporating the customary sonic terrorism into verse-chorus-verse songs, rather than breaking off for performance poetry about living in the shadow of suicide, or (say) war as legitimate barbarism for jocks.
  4. 70
    At the very least, Dear God, I Hate Myself marks a new level of maturity and self-awareness for the band.
  5. Most of the remaining 11 songs on Dear God, I Hate Myself are built around sequencers and beats rather than guitars, and while they’ve by no means called off their flirtations with dramatic bursts of noise, they are only intermittent over the 38 minutes
  6. Deliriously drunk in its own eccentricities, “Dear God’’ is unlikely to win over new fans, and Stewart’s unhinged vocal acrobatics can get grating without former band member Caralee McElroy backing him up.
  7. The one unique thing about Stewart's lyrical style (a sort of homage of shallow, U.S. suburban vernacular that paints a very specific picture to those of us from the suburbs) seems to be missing on Dear God, I Hate Myself. Sure, maybe it's even tongue-in-cheek, but I sure hope he's not joking.

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  1. Oct 29, 2010
    very beautiful and talented record. frightens and touches deeply. somehow unnoticed and underrated. reminds me of early depeche mode - voice, emotions and pretty melodies Expand