The Air Force - Xiu Xiu
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  • Summary: Deerhoof's Greg Saunier produced this fifth album for the experimental Bay Area band led by Jamie Stewart.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. The Air Force has a lot of good songs on it.
  2. It seems, in musical form, this album moves back and forth between sore tenderness and a violent turn - coercing the listener into adoring the beauty and open-wound vulnerability, but simultaneously pushing the same listener away with a dirty menace and obtuse lyricism.
  3. There aren’t any huge surprises or new developments on The Air Force;. Which, coming from a band that sounds like nothing else on the indie landscape, means that it’s another devastating collection of deluded, terrifying grandeur. [#15]
  4. Each Xiu Xiu song is a little hothouse where the forbidden grows, not free, but safe.
  5. The Air Force goes beyond music that you play to clear out a party; it's the album you play to let your invitees know that you actually hate them.
  6. While Jamie Stewart & co. succeed at replicating the fractured nature of their live shows – the mix of sparse and dense, broken and enraged, auxiliary percussion and programming, noise and melodiousness is all here – it's beginning to sound rote.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. JasonM
    Sep 18, 2006
  2. JFracis
    Sep 17, 2006
    Another success
  3. AramisG
    Sep 21, 2006
    Still a little inconsistant, but has some of my favorite new material since Knife Play. the solid material here is really really good. I love that this band puts an album (or two) out every year. Expand
  4. Andrew
    Oct 4, 2006
    The amputated beats in Buzz Saw made me remember all of a sudden how close to perfect Xiu Xiu can get without even seeing it. It's such a frustrating album -- really good, but it could have been better if it wasn't so... Xiu Xiu! Expand