Oh No

Xiu Xiu - Oh No
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2021 Ratings: #609 / 753
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Based on 817 ratings
2021 Rank: #529
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH
Embracing the participatory rather than lurking in personal mistrust, and supplementing their formerly disconsolate narratives with unusually contented flourishes, these diverse new manifestations substantially demonstrate that Xiu Xiu still exist in a universe of their own design, but that maybe they’re ready to temporarily negotiate ours once more.
90
Spill Magazine

It is the best Xiu Xiu record in many years for its brave mix of using different artists, allowing them to really contribute to the aesthetic, making for a more palatable record.

80
Clash
From the opening moments to its last it engulfs the listener. Taking us with it on its surging journey. In recent years Xiu Xiu have released some powerful music but ‘Oh No’ is the strongest album since 2012’s ‘Always’.
80
Northern Transmissions

It isn’t the easiest listen but it is enriching, cathartic and above all, a document of the lengths that music can go to soothe even during the most difficult times.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Lead singer Jamie Stewart has been a consistent voice in the group, but OH NO, their twelve album, is another example of restless innovation.

80
DIY

It’s unlikely to win them any new followers, but existing fans won’t be disappointed.

80
AllMusic

Embodying hard times as well as the way friends lift each other out of them, Oh No also exemplifies the drama, mystery, and deeply felt emotions that have made Xiu Xiu a vital musical force for decades.

70
Pitchfork

Jamie Stewart duets with more than a dozen indie, punk, and experimental music colleagues, and what results is a surprisingly sweet meditation on friendship, with nary a try-hard shock to be found.

70
Uncut

... The same is true of these new songs, which pair Xiu Xiu mainman Jamie Stewart’s menacing, quavering murmur with the voices of Sharon Van Etten, Circuit des Yeux’s Haley Fohr, Grouper’s Liz Harris and several more guests who cut through OH NO’s sonic fog bank of clangorous gloom. 

69
Paste

OH NO’s moving moments of catharsis and uplifting hope are muted by how exhaustingly over-the-top the rest of the album feels.

69
Beats Per Minute

It’s clear that OH NO will not be remembered as one of Xiu Xiu’s most stellar records. Yet, as usual with collaborations, it’s likely that each listener is likely to find their own tracks they ditch, just like different ones will stand out.

60
The Skinny

These duets are, of course, not standards. The production is exceptionally murky – mostly collaborators move through the dark, uncertain world Stewart manifests with his Scott Walker-like crooning of glossolalia.

60
Mojo

As always with Xiu Xiu ... it's a lot, two heads just as intense as one.

60
Spectrum Culture
Though it eventually finds its footing, Xiu Xiu’s collaborative LP feels too often like a series of missed opportunities.
53
Still Listening
The atmosphere, melodies and features dotted throughout its runtime can be really quite impressive and oddly beautiful, but the over-the-top, melodramatic performances by Jamie Stewart really drag the album down and drag the listening experience out.
50
Loud and Quiet

It’s kind of infuriating, kind of brazen, kind of pompous, and kind of admirable. It’s also, disappointingly, what anyone aware of the past twenty years of Xiu Xiu should reasonably expect.

50
RIOT

Xiu Xiu’s latest and twelfth album, OH NO, was conceived in, and fuelled by the feelings conjured after a betrayal, lead singer/songwriter, James Stewart confesses.

Plats
88

FUCK! I NEED TO WRITE A REVIEW OF THIS NEW XIU XIU ALBUM OR I WILL NEVER BECOME A LOYAL FAN!

*repeatedly smashes head into keyboard*

Result:
"OH NO" sees Xiu Xiu make an album of duets (I'm not gonna repeat the same pun). Xiu Xiu are no stranger to collaborations, actually, as they've snuck in a few collaborations into their albums throughout their career (they even got Michael Gira of Swans to participate in a cover of "Under Pressure" for fuck's sake). In tandem with the ... read more

CLJesse
86

Xiu Xiu drop their most lush record since L͟a͟ F͟o͟r͟êt͟, and considering that's my third favorite from the band, that's not a complaint.

After nutty yet exciting G͟i͟r͟l͟ W͟i͟t͟h͟ B͟a͟s͟k͟e͟t͟ o͟f͟ F͟r͟u͟i͟t͟, and the pop-centric F͟O͟R͟G͟E͟T͟, the band needed a more calm record to maintain their eclectic reputation. Thankfully, O͟h͟ N͟o͟ lived up to every expectation I had. Not only does this album manage to accentuate the eccentric style of the ... read more

Dombot
90

I mean, I expected this to be good, but geez, I didn't expect it to be THIS good.

Oh No is not a normal Xiu Xiu album, but then again, there really is no such thing as a normal Xiu Xiu album. One of the reasons I love this band as much as I do is that Jamie Stewart and co never veer away from pushing new boundaries, always making something new and unlike anything else. Oh No is definitely one of the poppier albums in the Xiu discography, although there is a LOT of experimentation going on ... read more

merduardo
70

Eu não acho que esse álbum vá ser tão lembrado em meio à discografia da banda, não é realmente marcante, mas é definitivamente uma entrada válida. Algumas das canções se destacam e outras são esquecíveis, mas o saldo final ainda é bem positivo, gosto da influência de darkwave.

Fav tracks: One Hundred Years, Fuzz Gong Fight, A Bottle of Rum, Knock Out, Goodbye For Good e Rumpus Room
Least ... read more

RealZzzz
86

Quite a cool and different approach, I like how this sounded like ACTUAL music, following catchier and consistent formats other than their usual avant-garde sound and style. Still has the xiu xiu charm but it's something I'd consider playing aloud. Love how this was created during lockdown and had such a passionate collaborative effort, a very cool and catchy album. Different from what you would usually expect, that's what I love about this band; you don't exactly know what mood their music ... read more

CheerCthere
72

Sad Mezcalita with Sharon Van Etten- 8
I Cannot Resist with Drab Majesty- 6
The Grifters with Haley Fohr- 8
Goodbye For Good with Greg Saunier- 8
OH NO with Susanne Sachsse- 8
Rumpus Room with Liars- 6
Fuzz Gong Fight with Angela Seo- 9
I Dream of Someone Else Entirely with Owen Pallett- 6
One Hundred Years with Chelsea Wolfe- 6
A Classic Screw with Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo- 7
It Bothers Me All The Time with Shearwater- 8
Saint Dymphna with Twin Shadow- 7
Knock Out with Alice Bag- 7
A Bottle ... read more

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Added on: January 23, 2021