La Foret - Xiu Xiu
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Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

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  • Summary: The experimental indie-rockers led by Jamie Stewart return with album number four.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. 100
    These are songs about horrible times in horrible lives; hearts are rotten long before they break and the sounds they make are awful and haunting and beautiful.
  2. La Forêt has the sort of courage-minus-contrivance that is exceedingly (and ironically) rare in music of its dramatic and thematic ilk.
  3. It sounds a whole lot like you’d expect the new Xiu Xiu album to sound.
  4. The mood is always unsettled and unsettling, either furious or fragile. [#258, p.67]
  5. Even more than some of the group's other albums, La Foret seems guided by dream logic, flowing and crashing unexpectedly.
  6. While these experiments don't always quite work, at the very least the group isn't falling into a rut.
  7. Unfortunately, the mere manufacture of unique sounds isn’t enough to rescue them on La Forêt.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Aug 6, 2014
    10
    "La Foret" is perhaps my favorite Xiu Xiu album. These songs are brilliant, subversive, confessional gems, constantly hurtling over the edge into uncomfortable, brutal truth in the best possible way. "Muppet Face" remains my favorite Xiu Xiu song. The range of styles, the turns from soft to abrasive, and Jamie's gorgeous, wavering voice--it's just so good. Expand

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