Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Sep 7, 2022
    ‘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. Sep 13, 2022
    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.
  4. 80
    Hideous Creature doesn’t possess the same pop immediacy of Sim’s day job, but it does feel like a record that needed to be made: vital and beautiful.
  5. The results are beautiful, moving and – regardless of subject matter – brilliantly inventive.
  6. Mojo
    Sep 6, 2022
    Sim's painful journey also feels like catharsis, and packs a vivid statement of musical intent. [Oct 2022, p.87]
  7. Sep 6, 2022
    “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.
  8. Uncut
    Sep 6, 2022
    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]
  9. Sep 15, 2022
    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.
  10. Sep 9, 2022
    It sways and bops somewhere in the middle, resulting in a richly conceptualized LP that delivers on Sim’s enterprise into soulful pop even while it comes short of solidifying an aesthetic that suitably breaks him apart from the pack.
  11. Sep 13, 2022
    As is typical in periods of self-discovery, Hideous Bastard is rife with growing pains. But surrounded by a trusted community, and in a few sparing moments of clarity, it hints at real beauty.
  12. 60
    This adds welcome colour to the xx cinematic universe, but it’s no blockbuster.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Sep 17, 2022
    Não gostei. Achei Ruim demais, não supriu com minhas expectativas, é a minha opinião galera!!!!
  2. Sep 17, 2022
    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
  3. Sep 14, 2022
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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. Full Review »