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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for The xx bassist/singer Oliver Sim features a guest appearance from Jimmy Somerville and was produced by Jamie xx.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Sep 7, 2022
    100
    ‘Hideous Bastard’ sees Oliver take on both these past and present realities with a candour that surprises even him.
  2. 90
    Hideous is able to straddle the line between a celebration of sexuality, whilst going beyond themes purely of self-love and physical exaltation that have come to dominate feel-good pop music in recent years.
  3. Uncut
    Sep 6, 2022
    80
    The xx duo eagerly depart from the templates that have served their band so well, thereby imparting Hideous Bastard with a spontaneity that complements the courage and candour in the lyrics. [Oct 2022, p.34]
  4. Sep 6, 2022
    80
    “Run the Credits” rejects the notion that life fits into a neat, three-act narrative, and Hideous Bastard serves as a frank, compelling chapter in Sim’s.
  5. Sep 13, 2022
    80
    At times, you do miss Romy providing the balance to Sim’s vocals, but this is, in its own way, as successful an xx side-project as the In Colour album has been. As an antidote to the long wait until the next album by the full band, this is a must listen.
  6. Sep 15, 2022
    72
    Although sonically the production can feel repetitive – especially towards the album’s middle – what ultimately anchors this project is the lyricism. He manages to explore his experience as a gay man and all its accompanying troubles and triumphs, yet also frame them in the universal understandings of heartbreak and alienation.
  7. 60
    This adds welcome colour to the xx cinematic universe, but it’s no blockbuster.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Sep 17, 2022
    10
    I don’t know how the album hasn’t received all round 5 stars. Such an important record, so beautiful and meaningful. The man is a silent icon
  2. Sep 14, 2022
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Hideous, Sensitive Child, Unreliable Narrator, Saccharine, Fruit are my stand outs. Music for queer healing. Hideous though must go down as one of the most important queer songs in history. Expand
  3. Sep 17, 2022
    0
    Não gostei. Achei Ruim demais, não supriu com minhas expectativas, é a minha opinião galera!!!!