Xylouris White - Mother
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #311 / 722
User Score
Based on 24 ratings
January 19, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Bella Union / Label
Avant-Folk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

In the best sense, Mother finds Xylouris White quietly questioning musical structure and expectations. They remain trailblazing outliers with a supernatural power to express themselves as one and, with a warmth and welcoming generosity of spirit, invite listeners to step up and out of their comfort zones.

80
The Guardian
Their two earlier albums were remarkable for their blend of improvisation and energy, and the new set proves they are capable of treating elegant, thoughtful songs with an equal spirit of adventure.
80
AllMusic
While the album is integral to its predecessors as part of a loosely conceived and articulated musical trilogy, it stands on its own as an exercise in close listening, careful communication, and quiet revelation.
78
Sputnikmusic
It’s giving this record too much to say it’s truly transportative, that it takes me places, but points for trying.
70
God Is in the TV

The result is an album of some musical accomplishment that offers so much but falls a little short. Three albums in but with plenty of niche source material still to mine and with some choice collaborators on board it’s a shame Xylouris White don’t push the prog boat out a little further or conversely strip it down quiet/loud. A big grower I suspect though, so put the champagne on ice and let’s see if Mother might creep into a few of the more high-brow year-so-far lists.

70
Drowned in Sound
Above all, it’s a joy to listen to, and one that inspires faith in modern rock music and its ability to evolve.
60
Loud and Quiet
Taken as a whole, the three records tell a heterogeneous story in which past and future, myth and everyday life, fold into one another. It just so happens that ‘Mother’ isn’t the most satisfying of endings.
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
49
Highlight - Only Love
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Track List

  1. In Medias Res
  2. Only Love
  3. Motorcycle Kondilies
  4. Spud's Garden
  5. Daphne
  6. Achilles Heel
  7. Woman From Anogeia
  8. Call and Response
  9. Lullaby
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