The Air Force

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  • Summary: Deerhoof's Greg Saunier produced this fifth album for the experimental Bay Area band led by Jamie Stewart.
Score distribution:
  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. The goal of Xiu Xiu's confessional, confrontational music is to shake their listeners out of complacency and make them think and feel; once again, they accomplish this mission beautifully.
  3. Here, Jamie Stewart and his crew of arty innovators use the penchant for sonic deconstruction they honed last time round to take their project of disemboweling pop songs to a new plane.
  4. The Air Force may signal that Xiu Xiu isn't as jarring and bewildering as they once were, but there's more than enough fortitude and craft present to ensure that Stewart will always be a good handful of steps ahead of everyone else making "experimental" pop.
  5. Each Xiu Xiu song is a little hothouse where the forbidden grows, not free, but safe.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
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  1. JasonM
    Sep 18, 2006
    10
    great!!!
  2. JFracis
    Sep 17, 2006
    9
    Another success
  3. AramisG
    Sep 21, 2006
    8
    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 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
    8
    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 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