Oh No

Xiu Xiu - Oh No
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2021 Ratings: #359 / 525
User Score
Based on 516 ratings
2021 Ratings: #337
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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
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
DIY

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

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
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.

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’.
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. 

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
The Needle Drop

The majority of OH NO's duets strike a chord.

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
Mojo

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

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
Spectrum Culture
Though it eventually finds its footing, Xiu Xiu’s collaborative LP feels too often like a series of missed opportunities.
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.

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
BGL13
58
i already know a lot of people are gonna disagree but this didn’t do much for me. it just wasn’t very memorable and i don’t see myself coming back to any track. i get the appeal though
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
BaddieBaphomet
50
Despite only really being into a handful of Xiu Xiu projects, they’re a hand that I’ve always respected and admired for a large, unique body of work that can only be described as theirs. That being said, while there’s a lot about this latest project that I can appreciate, “OH NO” feels more like a transitional album than a continuation of their great album streak.

Being sold as a duets album, “OH NO” is a very understated record in comparison to some ... read more
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Added on: January 23, 2021