Girl with Basket of Fruit

Xiu Xiu - Girl with Basket of Fruit
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2019 Ratings: #334 / 540
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Based on 683 ratings
2019 Ratings: #205
February 8, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

It’s tempting to say this is Xiu Xiu’s most solid release since their debut, 2002’s Knife Play, but it could be that it just feels more akin than this project has in a while to the acoustic instrumentation and serio-comic histrionic magic of that record.

90
The Needle Drop
Xiu Xiu delivers what might be its most adventurous and harrowing album to date... which is saying a lot.
80
Loud and Quiet

Unsettling. That is the first (and kinda only) word that comes to mind just after listening to ‘Girl With Basket of Fruit’.

80
PopMatters

It is this polymorphism of Girl With Basket of Fruits that really shifts Xiu Xiu from their work in Forget, and sees them evolving further.

80
AllMusic

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.

80
Sputnikmusic

Words really can't accurately describe what makes Xiu Xiu and Jamie Stewart's writing so timeless no matter the sound or the subject matter, but it never fails to have an emotional power that very few can retain for so long and captivate with ease.

80
Spill Magazine

Xiu Xiu’s latest album is a difficult listen with a payoff surpassing anything that a review could say.

75
Under The Radar

Stewart's machete may lop off sensitive ears, but here he cuts deep into centuries of unmerited violence, proving that women still have more uphill battles to face.

75
The 405

Girl With A Basket of Fruit is a remarkably bold release, which speaks volumes considering the polarizing nature of this ever-evolving collective. With ricocheting post-industrial energy operating as the musical lifeblood, this album is sadistically cathartic when blasted full-volume.

60
FLOOD Magazine

The level of pandemonium and desperation here makes for deeply unsettling but fascinatingly involved listening.

60
Pitchfork

The duo’s latest speeds between fragmented beats and mournful balladry but rarely makes an impression beyond its sound and fury.

55
Spectrum Culture

On their own, the tracks sound disjointed and lost, but together they do exude a sense of dread and anxiousness difficult to shake off.

35
The Line of Best Fit

Within all its pandemonium, Xiu Xiu’s execution on Girl… feels vapid; it’s as though they’re running on fumes.

BradTasteMusic
100
One of the most unsettling albums ever created.

It is genius?

Edit: this album is very addictive. +3 points for being such an amazing experience I can come back to daily. Early AOTY contender

Edit 2: Issa 10. so a couple months have passed since the release and all I can say is no matter what mood I’m in, or what time of the day it is, If I put on this album I’m blown away. Hopefully I can do a review soon on my channel
fakeplasticrose
73
Yeah I wasn't planning on sleeping tonight anyway
ElectricMess
88
I feel violated
Strangelightsyd
75
Music: is a beautiful and complex art form that allows humans to express their deepest and purest emotions while touching listeners and bringing people closer.

Also music:"Her boob gets so floppy
She uses it as a fan to wave away his sickening B.O.​
Now rubbing it off with a brick"

In a seriousness though, I don't think it's possible to comprehend the sick amount of joy this album brought me. I know it's probably not the "correct" way to enjoy it, but eh. It was so much ... read more
smallpeeble
77
This album proves that Im still a scaredy cat. I thought I fear nothing! Goddamn scisssssssors gave me goosebumps to the point I jumped out of my bed.

On a positive note, the production issa blast. I appreciate the directing of pumpkin attack on mommy and daddy and scisssssssors music videos because of the connecting stories they portray. Xiu Xiu wants to show to us how art works from their unique perspective, hence, let's just enjoy and contemplate from it.

Beware: Don't listen to this ... read more
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Track List

  1. Girl with Basket of Fruit
  2. It Comes Out as a Joke
  3. Amargi ve Moo
  4. Ice Cream Truck
  5. Pumpkin Attack on Mommy and Daddy
  6. The Wrong Thing
  7. Mary Turner Mary Turner
  8. Scisssssssors
  9. Normal Love
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