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  • Summary: the 11th full-length release for the Los Angeles-based experimental band led by Jamie Stewart and was co-produced by Angela Seo and Deerhoof's Greg Saunier.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Feb 11, 2019
    90
    For going on 20 years, when Xiu Xiu have put out an album, it’s one of that year’s best. It’s no small thrill to see this trend continue.
  2. Feb 8, 2019
    80
    Affecting, cathartic and unsettling, Girl with Basket of Fruit reflects that while the edge to Xiu Xiu's music has changed with time, it never dulls.
  3. Feb 12, 2019
    80
    Girl With Basket of Fruit is the only record Xiu Xiu could've possibly made after what was the impossibly positive, yet unsure-sounding Forget back in 2017. The music contained on the album is hyper-aggressive, manic, even unpredictable at times, but that's the magic of what Jamie Stewart is doing, for better or worse.
  4. Feb 8, 2019
    75
    For the most part, Girl with Basket of Fruit holds together with a strange logic.
  5. Feb 13, 2019
    75
    Girl With Basket of Fruit proves there is no one quite like Xiu Xiu, and because their musical uniqueness may rub listeners the wrong way like a piece of sandpaper against the surface of aged metal, they are better and particularly special for this reason.
  6. Feb 13, 2019
    60
    After that early-onset dizziness subsides, Girl With Basket of Fruit loses its power and makes little impact, as if these songs were menacing storm clouds that simply drift into and out of town without leaving a trace. It is heavy but hollow, muscular but oddly meaningless, built with streams of images that, however vivid, are the lyrical equivalent of inert gas inside combustion chambers.
  7. 35
    Unfortunately Girl realistically functions as little more than a jumbled hodgepodge of colorless notions, and another notch on the wall.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Feb 11, 2019
    8
    One of the best albums I have heard this year, there are suprising amount of catchy melodies hidden in the supposedly random sound clips, veryOne of the best albums I have heard this year, there are suprising amount of catchy melodies hidden in the supposedly random sound clips, very engaging listen Expand
  2. Feb 11, 2019
    3
    Overwrought, self-tortured naked emperor of the decade Jamie Stewart slides out his latest approximation of a Seventies acid trip that he'llOverwrought, self-tortured naked emperor of the decade Jamie Stewart slides out his latest approximation of a Seventies acid trip that he'll never have, greasier than a young Trump hairdo and nonsensical as a Shaggs tribute album sung in Croatian. Let's-throw-this-in-too sound collages grate, yet it's the hipster melodrama of the shouted/goth-warbled, random-phrase vocals that make you finally give up. "Smile and then don't!", he orders at the end of one "song" (like, no problem, dude), throws in an Alan Vega-esque backing track on the next one (on and off), then features a female voice listing bugs on the next. Surely this is the soundtrack to a documentary about The Last Man-Bun. It's very telling that the Xius' two-person cover of a ZZ Top song (and anything on the last album) wipes the floor with this mess. Focus, James, focus. Expand