Xiu Xiu - FORGET
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Based on 12 reviews
2017 Ratings: #487 / 876
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Based on 404 ratings
2017 Ratings: #108
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The more cerebral, out-there music fan may find it all too easy, craving the satisfaction that comes with gaining an appreciation of music that's challenging to the ear. Most, however, will rejoice; as should you, because FORGET is overwhelmingly and immediately Xiu Xiu.


Forget leaves us as one of the band’s tightest and most consistent works yet, its grimness belied yet also supported by the impeccable pop framework sustained throughout.

Drowned in Sound

For all the coldness and brutality of Forget there are moments of beauty, validation and comfort, showing that these things can co-exist simultaneously.


Dark and luminous at the same time, Forget allows Xiu Xiu to redefine pop in a way that's true to their volatile -- but always gripping -- nature.

The Needle Drop
Xiu Xiu returns after a seriously prolific streak with a new collection of original material via Polyvinyl Records.
A.V. Club

Forget ... finally undertakes a concerted effort to serve the trio’s talents in a digestible form, with inviting and accessible results.

Under The Radar

Yes, FORGET is more listener-friendly ... but it is also solidly weird, immersive, and dark.


Individual moments shine throughout FORGET: a stunning chorus here, a stirring lick of pitched percussion there. But the album’s strangest attribute is the way it can lull you into a state of absentmindedness regarding those same charms.

Loud and Quiet

Stewart’s latter-day Scott Walker vocals are paired with phalanxes of mangled synthesiser and decaying rhythms to make for a characteristically complex – albeit rewarding – listen.

Lots of crystal meth club bangers
"FORGET" is probably Xiu Xiu's best pop-centered album yet. The production is hauntingly gorgeous, the lyrics are painfully sad and Jamie's voice makes it all the more emotional, probably some of their most emotional songwriting in a long time.

Fav Tracks: Faith, Torn Apart; Wondering; Get Up; Forget; The Call; Petite

Least Fav Track: Hay Choco Bananas

Xiu Xiu's newest output after their eerie interpretation of the Twin Peaks soundtrack is one of their best albums yet, from a pop standpoint. With a group as versatile as Xiu Xiu, expectations are a pretty tough thing to have, but mine were blown away. Jamie's heartbreaking lyrics and harrowing voice make Forget all more bone chilling than I thought it would have been. The fuzzy, sometimes house-like, electronic production is easily the best aspect of this album; it brings a more modern vibe ... read more
We always plunge into Xiu Xiu's worrisome world with apprehension, like when we descend into a humid cellar never explored. But we also know that this cellar can contain treasures and we always come back relieved and delighted. It's been 15 years that Xiu Xiu is in the game since their first album "Knife Play". Three years after their ninth album "Angel Guts: Red Classroom", the Californian crazy heads are back with a tenth album called "FORGET". Jamie Stewart ... read more
The ending track is fantastic, but the rest just doesn't do it for me the way A Promise, Knife Play or GWABOF does.
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Year End Lists

#13/The Needle Drop

Track List

  1. The Call 
  2. Queen of the Losers 
  3. Wondering 
  4. Get Up 
  5. Hay Choco Bananas 
  6. Jenny GoGo 
  7. At Last, At Last 
  8. Forget 
  9. Petite 
  10. Faith, Torn Apart
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Added on: November 16, 2016