XXYYXX - XXYYXX
XXYYXX
XXYYXX
95
Jul 26

Recent Reviews

Jul 31, 2020
slick_06_damn -
100
Worth all the praise it gets, especially considering that it wasn't well received upon initial release.

This album is a gorgeous freakshow, it really is. It is beautiful and inventive, but at the same time dark and frightening. Kate realized on this project that she needed full control over her music if she was to ever create impactful music and this is the perfect result. It's crazy how fantastic this album and Hounds of Love are, especially considering the fact that she could have played it ... read more
Jul 29, 2020
slick_06_damn -
90
A masterclass in mood.

This is such a beautiful journey that contains nothing but odd softly delivered narrative poetry from Robert Ashley, and two musicians - Kris who played the tabla and Blue Gene Tyranny who played a Polymoog synth, a clavinet and piano.

People may see this as an avant-garde release, but I personally feel like anyone could enjoy this if they needed an album to relax to on a rainy day. Robert Ashley's soft voice is oddly satisfying and perfectly blends with the ... read more
Jul 27, 2020*
slick_06_damn -
100
Total sonic freakout.

I've always gravitated towards this record the most in the band's discography, even though I love the debut very much as well. White Light/White Heat is the band just being themselves, not pandering to Andy Warhol's vision like on the debut or to their label like on Loaded.

White Light/White Heat is one of the albums that challenged the norms of what constitutes good records, by doing almost everything that other influential bands of the time didn't. The audio quality ... read more
Jul 26, 2020
slick_06_damn -
95
This album is pure mood. XXYYXX constructed something special within these slightly amateurish but potent tracks, and it is a shame that most people don't know about him or his music.

I've heard Burial comparisons, and there is certainly a palpable UK influence on XXYYXX's music on this record. While the mood Burial makes is infinitely darker and sadder, the mood on this album is a little more fun and hopeful, like a sountrack to an introspective dance party in your mind while walking on a ... read more
Jul 25, 2020
slick_06_damn -
70
Basic, but emotionally potent. + it teaches a valuable lesson about famous "personas".

I love Lou Reed and his work with The Velvet Underground, especially the freakier stuff like White Light/White Heat. For some reason, given the cool album cover and title of The Blue Mask, my only expectation was that I was going to hear something dark and fucked up - sound-wise, at least.

What I got instead, was a basic-sounding 80s rock singer-songwriter record with only some hints of Lou Reed's ... read more
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Rating Distribution
90-99
 
20

80-89
 
22

70-79
 
11

60-69
 
5

50-59
 
3

40-49
 
3

30-39
 
2

20-29
 

10-19
 
1

0-9
 

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