The Jayhawks - XOXO
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #102 / 473
User Score
Based on 18 ratings
Liked by 1 person
July 10, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
SHAM, Thirty Tigers / Label
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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.
A new approach pays dividends for Americana's great survivors.
This, deliberately, was a band effort. And it shows in the diversity and quality of the songs.
The Arts Desk

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


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

Classic Rock

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

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
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
Is that a bonafide summer album I hear?

If you miss Tom Petty (and, uh, The Beatles?) then check this one out.
For a band entering their fourth decade in the spotlight, The Jayhawks seem to be in pretty solid shape. As absolute alt-country legends, they’ve built up enough goodwill to essentially do whatever they want, but on “XOXO," Gary Louris and his bandmates seem determined to write an album that both pushes the band and speaks to the current moment. The album is an admirable effort in both regards, though it falls well short of The Jayhawks’ finest works. Though the ... read more
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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