Ignore Grief

Xiu Xiu - Ignore Grief
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2023 Ratings: #678 / 757
User Score
2023 Rank: #742
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Clash
Throughout the album we are being asked to think about what we’d do in the situation. ‘For M’ clearly feels like its about the murder of a sex worker.
80
AllMusic

As relentless as it is, somehow the album isn't numbing. Stewart, Seo, and Kendrick make every tragedy and outrage feel fresh, and those who thrill when Xiu Xiu are willing to go to the places many artists won't will be awed by Ignore Grief's ferocious empathy.

80
Beats Per Minute

Like a nightmare that ends, we wake up with mirror shards still before our inner eyes. What fragment stuck with us will mean something. In the end, Ignore Grief is just music. How will it inspire us as humans to be better?

70
Under the Radar

Ignore Grief sounds more like a radio play than a batch of songs; a direct, dispassionate transmission of humans at the heat of their harrow. Mancini meets Ministry, grandiose in all its perversity, not to mention based on true events.

70
Sputnikmusic
The often minimalistic approach requires time to settle in, still the duo clearly had in mind the bigger picture. It definitely has a charm of its own, despite being hard to digest and most importantly, enjoy. In a way, it shouldn’t become a pleasant listen due to the nature of the stories it depicts.
60
The Line of Best Fit
It exists to shock with the intention of empathy; unfortunately, empathy takes time and is hardly elicited when all things warped and wicked are at the forefront.
60
Slant Magazine
The album finds the band returning, or perhaps regressing, to the murky hellscape of their earlier work.
60
The Needle Drop
Xiu Xiu has pushed the darkness of their music to such an extreme here that it's sometimes to the detriment of what's made their past music so memorable.
60
Spectrum Culture

Other than the novelty of being obliterated by truly extreme recordings, Ignore Grief’s hook is lacking some very necessary meat.

55
Northern Transmissions
If the band wanted to make an album that feels and sounds like a nightmare, I’d say they succeeded, but who among us wants to constantly revisit our nightmares?
BaddieBaphomet
80

I am going to take a long shower and try to remember that there are good people in this world.

Whatever you think about Jamie Stewart’s 21 year old project, you can’t deny that Xiu Xiu’s discography is uniquely theirs. They’ve gone many paths and directions over the years and no matter what sound they’ve approached they’ve always had a unique take that sounds vastly different to everything else. I am not even a huge fan of a good chunk of their discography, ... read more

BradTasteMusic
72

Xiu Xiu brings one of their darkest and most disorientating releases since GWBOF. I like what they are going for, but not every idea lands. Absolutely worth a listen. Super interesting.

UltimateLifeFrm
50

Uhhh.... I'm torn on what to think of this record.

I've never really heard much of Xiu Xiu's music until they returned in late January with Maybae Baeby and I got one of the most visceral reactions I ever had with music in my life (that song still scares me), and it got me so hyped for something terrifying.

The cover itself captures a personification of nightmares... a bat-like monster with multiple arms, almost representing different layers of destruction...? It's up for interpreting in your ... read more

ShonkMusique
82

Checked out this album at the suggestion of my brother, who got into Xiu Xiu well before I did.
I get the feeling that this isn't rated quite as high as earlier albums of theirs because it has comparatively less vocals from Jamie Stewart, which did shock me a bit. But unlike Girl With Basket of Fruit, I was engaged throughout my entire first listen of Ignore Grief. I'm not entirely sure why I was more on board with this than GWBOF, because the instrumental approach and abstract songwriting ... read more

JJWip7
80

I'm finally introducing myself to Xiu Xiu and what an album to start with. It took me the first couple tracks to get used to the sound and after that it clicked, the vocals that at first bothered me quickly became some of the most interesting aspects of each song and the tension and nightmarish atmosphere it builds can genuinely scare. I'm so glad I gave this a listen.
Top 3 Tracks: Pahrump, Border Factory, Esquerita, Little Richard
Least Favorites: Brothel Creeper, The Real Chaos Cha Cha Cha

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95

WHY. IS. THIS. YELLOW.
THIS IS PEAK XIU XIU YYOU CAN’T CONVINCE ME OTHERWISE

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Added on: January 11, 2023