Knife Play

Xiu Xiu - Knife Play
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2002 Ratings: #58 / 191
User Score
Based on 161 ratings
2002 Ratings: #46
Liked by 6 people
February 19, 2002 / Release Date
LP / Format
5 Rue Christine / Label
Experimental / Genres / Website
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wow, uh, hm... i really did not like this. and i'm honestly shocked i didnt. i love A Promise, a lot. it's one of the most crushing and human albums i've ever had the pleasure of listening to. any time i wanna be sad i'll just start up Sad Pony Guerrilla Girl and have the most depressing 40 minute lay-down of my life. but Knife Play, wow this is bad. it has none of the qualities that make A Promise so enjoyable to me, and instead it highlights all the stuff i hate about Xiu Xiu's ... read more
edgeplay is fun
hey I actually like this one
WARNING: I go full snobby critic in this review.
I absolutely love this album. It's passionate, powerful and earthshakingly fragile vocals backed up with the strange ambient jazz electronic bliss, it's an album that provides chaos in a way that doesn't overload your senses, but changes your perspective on one aspect of music. And in a lot of ways, it's much prettier and dainty of a record because it this. You feel each emotional core of each track, even with the insane intrumentation being ... read more
"Knife Play" is a great, discomforting debut that acts as a taste of what's to come from Xiu Xiu! I love Jamie Stewart's tortured delivery and lyrics here, as it fits well with the disturbing atmosphere.

Fav Tracks: Suha, Poe Poe, I Broke Up, Don Diasco, Dr. Troll, Tonite and Today (What 'chu talkin' 'bout), Hives Hives

Least Fav Track: Anne Dong

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Track List

  1. Don Diasco
  2. I Broke Up
  3. Luber
  4. Hives Hives
  5. Dr. Troll
  6. Over Over
  7. Anne Dong
  8. Suha
  9. Poe Poe
  10. Homonculus
  11. Tonite and Today (What Chu' Talkin' 'Bout)
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