Always

Xiu Xiu - Always
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Based on 17 reviews
2012 Ratings: #242 / 944
User Score
Based on 37 ratings
2012 Ratings: #206
March 6, 2012 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Drowned in Sound

What Xiu Xiu demonstrate throughout Always, is the way in which they can lay down so starkly how terrible life can be and how fucked up one can feel and create something amazing, angry, political, fierce and defiant out of all of it.

83
A.V. Club

Always seems much more tempered than past efforts, extending the poppy sensibility of 2010’s Dear God, I Hate Myself.

80
musicOMH

Their ninth studio album, Always, is a riot; serving up its significant doses of ire, disgust and despair on a plate of pop-savvy, hook-laden electronica that somehow sounds both blithe and engaged, serious and ephemeral.

78
Paste

In total, though, Always might be both Xiu Xiu’s most approachable and most volatile collection.

73
Pitchfork

The album is front-loaded with these inviting juxtapositions, where horrific lyrical imagery collides with rich instrumentation and melodies that scrape the underside of catchy.

70
PopMatters

Stewart turned the noise down, the melodies up, and made – arguably for the first time in his life – a true pop record.

45
Beats Per Minute

Either we’ve heard this story too many times or it’s not quite up to the standards of our last hit.

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Track List

  1. Hi 
  2. Joey’s Song 
  3. Beauty Towne 
  4. Honey-Suckle 
  5. I Luv Abortion 
  6. The Oldness 
  7. Chimney’s Afire (Mickensian Suicide) 
  8. Gul Mudin 
  9. Born to Suffer 
  10. Factor Girl 
  11. Smear the Quen 
  12. Black Drum Machine
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