Xiu Xiu - Girl with Basket of Fruit
Girl with Basket of Fruit
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BradTasteMusic
98
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
fakeplasticrose
83
Yeah I wasn't planning on sleeping tonight anyway
ElectricMess
88
I feel violated
Strangelightsyd
86
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
MasterCrackfox
26
EDIT: I really did want to enjoy this album, so I gave it some time and then an additional listen. After a second listen, I would detract my statement of this album being "unlistenable." There are some moments in which the production is interesting enough to engage the right listener, and I can see why some people would find this to be an enthralling and genius piece of work. However, I still feel as though a great deal of this album feels forced and scattered. Although I didn't feel ... read more
zachthesnack
64
Edit: watch the scores on this thing sore back above 75 after that Melon 90

Listening to Jamie Stewart essentially motorboat into the microphone on "Amargi ve Moo" is one of the most uncomfortable sonic experiences that I have ever had.

This album is insanity personified in music. It feels like the threading of reality is coming apart from within your ears. I felt like I was partially losing my sanity over the course of this record. This record is haunting and harrowing and ... read more
luna128
74
Like many other experiment-driven records to reach public consciousness before it, Girl with Basket of Fruit exists somewhere between hipster bullshit and true genius.
JoaoSantos
84
"No, yes, yeah, no, yes, no, what?"

Honestly, this is a though one. This record is something else. Many people are gonna love it and many people are gonna hate it. It's noisy, it's agressive but it's also powerful. That's the word I would use to describe it. POWERFUL, although very unclear. You get all these strange lyrics and random sounds and it's so hard to crack everything that's going on. The record is said to feature "themes and references" of and to "ritual, ... read more
morningsbell
80
An experience like no other
Doofy
25
Sounds like drama school vocals with deeply average 'experimental' music supporting them.

Yeah, so scary - what are you going to unleash on me next guyz? Interpretive dance?
BFunk32
87
Is this death grips?
Benny
85
Xiu Xiu continue down the path of weird and experimental alternative indie music which reminds me alot of 2014's Angel Guts,some of the tracks are fucking terrifying and the instrumentals are fucking blasting out with these crazy drums behind it and i maybe think it a sample but the lyrics are terrifying on Pumpkin Attack On Mommy And Daddy.
ThrowBackG
40
The equivalent of sticking forks in your hair, spinning in circles half naked while banging pots and pans chanting:

"all hail lil chungas".

There is no way you would have thought of that on your own, but now thats in your head. If you try reaaaaaaaallly hard it might be unsettling, but if you actually give it two seconds of thought its pretty ridiculous. It's a shame because I really do see the idea for something great here, but every track feels just like that. An idea. I found ... read more
charlie17
77
😂😂💯💯WTF A CAT WIF PANTS ON
🐱OK HE DO BE LOOKIN KINDA FRESH DOE🤔
AnalVape
92
I've never listened to Xiu Xiu in a focused manner. I never sat down and tried to get into them. I definitely regret that, as Girl With Basket of Fruit has hogtied me and dragged me through a nightmarish psychotic breakdown of sonic terror. It's not often an album like this comes around.

The first track (also the title track) is wild, noisy, and terrifying. It's so consistently straight, yet, goofy and curvy and taking every left field turn, with psychotic screaming from vocalist Jamie ... read more
Space Vacation
79
I GET BORED.
I GET BORED!
Sleezus
50
I can appreciate how experimental this is but it's not for me. Parts of this album are very haunting and creepy which is where most of the charm comes from. For me though I didn't enjoy it that much. If you're looking for something very experimental and disturbing this album will defiantly be for you.
musicmagpie55
74
Xiu Xiu's new album is disarmingly aggressive. The record successfully blends cacophonous beats with vivid, and graphic images. It is almost comically in your face. My initial reaction to this album was to chuckle because I was so uncomfortable. Jamie Stewart has always had a knack for yelling, and Girl With Basket of Fruit is no different. My favorite parts are the moments where Stewart's hyper-anxious performance is complemented by the legion of strange beats behind him. There is a sinister ... read more
Plats
95
This has to be one of the strangest recordings I've heard in a while! The track list varies from morbid to hilarious, sometimes even morbidly hilarious! Combined Jamie Stewart's eccentric vocals, frantic percussion, haunting atmosphere and twisted lyrics, "Girl with Basket of Fruit" is ugly, bizarre, noisy, polarizing, disturbing, terrifying, rewarding and a great AOTY contender!

Fav Tracks: Pumpkin Attack on Mommy and Daddy, Scisssssssors, Normal Love, Girl with Basket of Fruit, ... read more
89
Xiu Xiu delivers their most complex, hysterical and haunting album to date. I have very few words to describe it, but I know that I am in love.

One of their best offerings to date
ZacharyWills785
99
Hahahahahhahaha that’s fucking right you see the score. This album is fucking great. Theres so much I love about this. The beats(or what the fuck ever you wanna call them) are insane and really do a good job at making you uncomfortable. The vocals are so strange but fits perfectly. The lyrics.... a bit ??? but whatever doesn’t ruin the record for me.

I have a feeling this is gonna be my 2019 AOTY
MiaWatterson
80
Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh
Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh
TheBravesDH
27
Xiu Xiu loosely translated from an ancient Mandarin dialect means "tries too hard." Don't act like you're coming back to this ever again. If you really want to force some "anti-music" on yourself, Throbbing Gristle and no wave did it way more interesting 40 years ago.
MinatoArisato
75
A bold project. Xiu Xiu paint this bleak and dark picture using this sort of poetic industrial sound that is just so unique. An interesting listen that will definetley get you to feel uncomfortable and it's bleakness.

Best Track: Normal Love
Worst Track: Ice Cream Truck
PipePanic
95
Before: First Xiu Xiu album, I cannot wait! I remember liking the Sharp Dressed Man cover they did :)

After: There is a sharp pain in my arm. I'm nearly 100% that the album caused that. And I fucking love it.

Ok, for those thinking that this is the 'scariest album ever', it's not. This album is weird, odd, strange and definitely not for the faint of heart, but it's not scary (at lest it's not in parts, Mary Turner Mary Turner is fucking crazy disturbing, Crash Bandicoot sound effects and ... read more
CLJesse
84
This does not deserve a 68 on the user or critic score. Its forward thinking, unsettling, and constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat. Don't skip this one.

EDIT: Its at a 75 critically and a 70 user wise I'm a happy nword.
ogilvie
47
banaenaes
Farlov
82
Well i quite flippin' liked it. It's really all over the place. Tracks are non cohirent, production is inconsistent, it's sometimes haunting other times goofy. It all adds to the absurdity of it all.

And there are plenty of very sonically pleasing aspects to this album as well. For example; The strings (cello?) on "Amargi ve Moo" is cool AF, "Normal Love" is instrumentally just wonderful, and then there is the cowbell on Pumpkin Attack that Thanos is going crazy for. I ... read more
amw100
65
While i always love me some Post-Industrial Experimental shit, this thing kinda falls on its face sometimes with it's quirky and weird ritual chants, and yea i know that "quirky and weird" is pretty much Xiu Xiu's M.O. this is just probably not the way to go for them.
Still, this is a very interesting album and i'm always open to listen what new weird things they have coming up for the future.

Edit:
i feel like the key difference between this and A Promise is that on A Promise they ... read more
aaron
40
Glad I waited for this to be released before buying a ticket to their show.
Its a one foot in the boat, one foot out, "A Promise" in then "Girl with Basket of Fruit" out.
Guess I'll be torturing myself this week woo, xiu xiu deserves a large number of listens before abandoning ship.

"Amargi ve Moo" was spinning into my favourite track of this record, but its literal "bleh bleh bleugh bleh" section just goes on in too long, stands as my biggest problem, ... read more
laz456
80
I totally get people hating this and thinking it's just hipster garbage, but I think it's amazing. The album bounces back and forth between frantic and subdued and these two extremes compliment each other really well. Songs like Ice Cream Truck, Mary Turner Mary Turner, and Scisssors are just total descents into madness, while tracks like The Wrong Thing and Normal Love are just gorgeous. Pumpkin Attack has grown on me so much and has honestly become one of my favorite Xiu Xiu songs ever.

I ... read more
liammenzies
86
Unsettling, eccentric, venemous: Girl With Basket Of Fruit is all of these things and more, using its nine tracks expertly to take you by the hand and lead you through a sonic landscape full of punishing stories and equally abusive performances.
JulianGomez974
85
So visceral, abstract and mind-bending. Xiu Xiu go back to their roots with their latest release and abandon the electropop driven FORGET for a more dark, crafty and totally insane aesthetic. Jamie Stewart vocals are so passionate while being so "ba-nay-nays", he exhuberates so much personality and emotion through every song and it's very versatile when it comes to shouting, to mourning or even singing a mix of both. The production has some african beat going on in the percussion but ... read more
OpiesFuneral
91
holy shit 500 ratings and it only took me over a whole ass year lol, but thanks to everyone here who has like 1000 ratings and motivated me to listen to a whole lot of shit just to up my numbers, preciate it

also this album feels like an actual panic attack oh fuck
kneelthedivine
100
As someone who suffers from anxiety, this album was such a negative trigger for me, but at the same time so therapeutically healing.

"It Comes Out as a Joke" was probably the hardest track to get through, but wow was it memorable.

Obviously you can't over-analyze any of the lyrics and everything presented in the album is aimed at enhancing the atmospheric experience (which is bloody amazing) and not some greater artistic message.

This is definitely the most rewarding album I have ... read more
KingKroolisbest
85
Hey, it's you won't get what you want, but good!
youneedhelp
91
im on a brink of a mental collapse lol send help xoxo
Kanye
73
This has some of the most terrifying and disgusting tracks I’ve ever listened to on it. For example that butthole line on the opener is fucking disgusting and probably one of the most uncomfortable things I’ve ever had the displeasure of hearing. The production is just as weird and out there as some of the lyrics if a little bit anticlimactic in that some instrumentals fail to progress. I think this is an album completely held back by its weirdness unfortunately. It is genius in ... read more
eliiiiiiii
93
This is one of the most terrifing yet devasting albums I've ever listened to, not gonna lie, after the seventh song I went kinda crazy, I couldn't stop picturing the lyrics of that song in my mind, and during all the eighth song I felt legitimately scared and paranoic, I just felt like there was something staring at me. But the last song... totally replaced that paranoia with sadness, that last song is devasting, and it's even stronger in the context of the album.
Can't say much more about ... read more
agonzalez310
58
Although I can appreciate for what is an unsettling and experimental project. There's just a lot thrown into a lot of these tracks that in the end it becomes forgettable and it comes through the next track with much of the same forgettable track.

There are times where I find the vocals either laughingly bad or deeply unsettling as there are moments where they are distorted. Sometimes it works and sometimes it just isn't effective, especially on "Amargi ve Moo" and "The Wrong ... read more
KengojiUltamYT
20
Major Balls and Flagrant Abuse

Amazing Tracks: Major Balls and Flagrant Abuse

Great Tracks: Major Balls and Flagrant Abuse

Good Tracks: Major Balls and Flagrant Abuse

Average Tracks: Major Balls and Flagrant Abuse

Bad Tracks: Major Balls and Flagrant Abuse
Cybot2966
78
“Girl with Basket of Fruit” shows Xiu Xiu moving away from the more art pop direction “Forget” displayed. Now, the group seems to be delving headfirst into absurdist avant-garde music, which the band has without a doubt already shown they are capable of doing, but this album feels even more insane and ritualistic than anything they’ve ever done in the past. The tribal, yet synthetic sounding drums are frantic, the instrumentation is often sporadic and ... read more
linkz02
90
Girl with Basket of Fruit showcases Xiu Xiu's most bizzare, disturbing, and confusing sounds and singing yet, it's almost surreal that such an album that seems to try hard at experimenting can work so well in the end

Best Tracks - GIRL WITH BASKET OF FRUIT, IT COMES OUT AS A JOKE, PUMPKIN ATTACK ON MOMMY AND DADDY, MARY TURNER MARY TURNER, SCISSSSORS, NORMAL LOVE

Worst Tracks - THE WRONG THING
MrMclainy
96
Jamie, Angela, and co. discovered whatever the fuck drug Stefan Burnett and Dom Fernow keep using it seems. I love it. Girl with Basket of Fruit is Xiu Xiu’s most disturbing and forward thinking record since their Twin Peaks cover album.

Original score: 90
It only gets better and better the more I absorb and cover myself in its filth.
Blackclover
74
First good album 2019
max2k
70
EDIT: This has definitely grown on me, albeit only by a small margin. Pumpkin Attack on Mommy and Daddy is far and away the best track on this thing. Most of my original negative reaction to this project came from my anticipation of a worthy successor to Forget, and I didn't get that AT ALL. Oh well.

Original Review:

While Xiu Xiu's Girl With Basket of Fruit offers a thought-provoking and sometimes terrifying first listen, its charm wears thin really quickly. Far less intelligently ... read more
onnio
85
Ranging from psychotic and goofy to morbid, harrowing and simply sad, Girl with Basket of Fruit is easily Xiu Xiu's most varied and chaotic album so far.
Moods, sounds and lyrical topics shift very restlessly. It makes for a confusing and unnerving experience.
The couple more somber songs towards the end of the record feel very haunting, sorrowful and sincere in the midst of all the madness.
The last song "Normal Love" is a heart-rending ballad where I think I hear a hint of something ... read more
NarrativeCoffee
75
currently, I am listening to the first track and I already feel this album is gonna drill my brain

I'm scared
SeaBass
92
Xiu Xiu back fully in the noise train it sounds like, allowing Forget to be the pop version, and them exploring experience, and experiment again. Can. Not. Wait.
nullsethope
80
I have a strong feeling this will grow on me with time. I wasn’t particularly blown away with the listen, but I’ll give credit where it’s due—there’s not single bad track and overall the album is quite consistent in quality and the mood it conveys. It’s eerie and ominous, but worth a listen. Very few albums manage to encapsulate themes of heartbreak, murder, and other very dark and cryptic concepts as well as this from a lyrical and sonic perspective. If it ... read more
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