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  • Summary: This is the third full-length album for the challenging, intensely personal Bay Area post-punk outfit led by Jamie Stewart.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. It’s no mystery that the band’s most focused, intelligible, and pop-oriented record is also its best.
  2. They now trade in a world of startlingly bleak, matte-black liquid-crystal experimental pop perfection pitched somewhere between John Cage's frightening austerity and the bittersweet squall of Swell Maps. Art-pop doesn't get any more accessible than this.
  3. Even if you haven't liked the group in the past, you might very well find yourself won over by Fabulous Muscles.
  4. Listening to Xiu Xiu, we become nosy neighbors with our ears pressed against the wall separating us from lives infinitely more fascinating and tragic than our own.
  5. The type of minimalism employed by Xiu Xiu creates masterpieces of avant-garde restraint that truly haunt the mind.
  6. Musically, Fabulous Muscles is Xiu Xiu's finest hour.
  7. The musical parsimony, cultural insularity, moral certitude, and histrionic affectations of these lo-fi artier-than-thous promise indie ideologues whole lifetimes of egoistic irrelevance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. AramisG
    Feb 23, 2005
    After Skinny Puppy released Last Rights back in 1992, there has been very little that is actually "new" going on in pop music. IDM was and continues to be cool but very little of it feels organic, emotional or dynamic (Autechre conintues to try though). There have been plenty of great bands since then but they have all been tied in one way or another to other older bands. That is the one great risk none of them seem to want to take which is fine as long as they make good music. But here is Xiu Xiu, wow! Noise, and good noise at that, mixed with snippets of melody and hooks. I can't believe a band is making the type of pop music I actually want to hear. If you think this is too pretentious or noisy then there are plenty of less dynamic bands for you to roll with and they will tap any nostalgic bone you have for $18.00. However if you feel like something is desperately missing from pop music, like how you expected your kids music in the future to be louder and noisy than your music and not this pussy ass crap kids listen to these days, then Xiu Xiu is there for you. Expand
    Mar 8, 2004
    xiu xiu proves where music goes. their latest is an innovation to boring music scene. they may be the pioneer of what music should be in the future. the posterity: listen carefully xiu xiu (shoe shoe). Expand
  3. tweedledee
    Mar 18, 2004
    Jamie gets better every time. I luv the cd OH!
  4. David
    Mar 2, 2004
    good album
  5. BenjaminBunny
    Mar 16, 2004
    The best and most accessible album yet from what very well might be the most important band in music today. Xiu Xiu's music is unflinchingly emotional and sonically and structurally unusual, fascinating and beautiful. No other record right now sounds like this, or feels like this. Xiu Xiu still makes music that will scare the sh*t out of you, but this time around they maintain a consistant, overwhelming loveliness that compliment their harsh emotional theatrics. If you want to be in the know, you will own this album. Expand
  6. JohnB
    Mar 3, 2004
    more melodies, and fuller instrumentation compared to his earlier work. more accessible, yet loses none of his style.
  7. dgddgdf
    Mar 5, 2004
    What? U cal dis moosic? i's sure deont

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