The Jayhawks - XOXO
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2020 Ratings: #230 / 809
User Score
Based on 33 ratings
Liked by 5 people
July 10, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
SHAM, Thirty Tigers / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
God Is in the TV
Not a note is misplaced here – it’s like being massaged by melody, and you feel utterly refreshed by the time it’s finished.
80
Uncut
A new approach pays dividends for Americana's great survivors.
80
Mojo
This, deliberately, was a band effort. And it shows in the diversity and quality of the songs.
80
The Arts Desk

Like much of their best work XOXO is a low-key yet gorgeously effective record.

80
PopMatters

XOXO succeeds at proving the band is more than an assemblage of talented players.

80
Classic Rock

Americana veterans The Jayhawks triumph on committee-generated eleventh album XOXO.

AllShallParish
NR
why does the chick on the cover look like Kate Marsh from Life is Strange
org2026
75
I liked this album quite a bit. It felt like a good introduction to the Jayhawks and Alt Country. I enjoyed all of the songs but it felt a little forgettable for me towards the middle but got better again in the end. In the middle it started to feel like background music that was pretty good. It started off great though. I'm excited to explore more of the Jayhawks and Alt Country. Favorite Track: Dogtown Days
NTTR
60
The Jayhawks - Xoxo

Genre: Alt-country
Country: US

Final Verdict: 60% (Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 273th / 587

Highlight: Bitter Pill

Made me think of:
Grant Lee Buffalo
Steve Earle
Ryan Adams
DareG
77
XOXO starts off a bit underwhelming but hits it stride about mid way through. A nice slice of sentimental Americana.

Standouts: Homecoming, Society Pages, Illuminate, Bitter Pill, Across My Field

Dropouts: Ruby
Doofy
72
Is that a bonafide summer album I hear?

If you miss Tom Petty (and, uh, The Beatles?) then check this one out.
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Year End Lists

#43/Riff Magazine
#66/Albumism

Track List

  1. This Forgotten Town
  2. Dogtown Days
  3. Living in a Bubble
  4. Ruby
  5. Homecoming
  6. Society Pages
  7. Illuminate
  8. Bitter Pill
  9. Across My Field
  10. Little Victories
  11. Down to the Farm
  12. Looking up Your Number
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Added on: July 3, 2020