Fabulous Muscles

Xiu Xiu - Fabulous Muscles
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Based on 5 reviews
2004 Ratings: #57 / 365
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Based on 164 ratings
2004 Ratings: #18
February 17, 2004 / Release Date
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5 Rue Christine / Label
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PipePanic
98
This is the first album that I can vividly remember that made me cry.

I don't know what it is about this album, but when I started digging into the lyrics sheet for this thing, I was bawling my brains out. Little Panda Mcelroy broke me in a way a song hasn't done in a very long time. And that's saying something. It's a emotional record. It's a record that makes you really feel, it doesn't matter if that feeling was positive or negative, all that matters is that you felt something true and ... read more
BuffaloStaple
81
This is a weird fucking album, it's really creepy too but something about it really stuck with me. This album feels less like a collection of songs and more like an incredibly personal 37 minute long creative expression that just happens to be conveyed via the format of music. The tone of the album is constantly shifting, which does make it hard to fully immerse yourself in the music, but it certainly keeps things unpredictable and exciting. It's a very unconventional album and I think a good ... read more
TreyLikesBands
82
Great

Starting my Xiu Xiu journey, I decided to end my very chill night with the very juxtaposing “Fabulous Muscles”, a gross-sounding, eerie, and disturbing mashup of experimental tracks and ideas. It makes very little sense, and leaves the listener with a sense of existentialism and nihilism that I’ve never felt prior.

Color: Brown
FAV TRACKS: Fabulous Muscles, Crank Heart, I Luv the Valley OH!, Little Panda McElroy, Clowne Towne, Support Our Troops OH!, Brian the ... read more
Plats
93
More eerieness, more weirdness and more depression YAAAY!!! "Fabulous Muscles" is a pretty good entry point in their discography and yet another incredible Xiu Xiu album with great writing, unnerving atmosphere and more of Jamie Stewart's tortured vibrato.

Fav Tracks: Brian The Vampire, Support Our Troops OH! (Black Angels OH!), I Luv The Valley OH!, Little Panda McElroy, Crank Heart, Mike, Bunny Gamer

Least Fav Track: Fabulous Muscles

Score:
9.3
OH!utstanding
bornunderpunch
87
How does a band have this as their most normal album? It's dark, edgy, and very, very experimental to say the least.
Honestly, I can't say anything new in this review. This is one of my last Xiu Xiu reviews, mainly because It's so hard to describe something like this.
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