Album Review: Dear God, I Hate Myself

Dear God, I Hate Myself is Xiu Xiu’s latest offering and continues their distinctive aesthetic that is abstract and provoking while simultaneously odd and familiar.

Photo: David Horvitz

Each track on Dear God … is an extension of Jamie Stewart’s struggles and triumphs – it is a record that blossoms quite unlike Fabulous Muscles or Women As Lovers. With the synth and drum contributions of Angela Seo and the producing hand of Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, Dear God … presents itself as a highly charged embryonic listen, growing with every track – never would I have thought Stewart would experiment (and ultimately, compose songs) with none other than a Nintendo DS. “Chocolate Makes You Happy” and “This Too Shall Pass (For Freddy)” are incredibly infectious tracks, while the title track and “Gray Death” become erupted sketches of Stewart’s consciousness.

While it may prove to be a challenging listen to many, Dear God … is a record that continues to blow my mind, with “Cumberland Gap” being the only drawback. Xiu Xiu’s eclectic art-goth-pop is indeed stimulating for old and new fans alike.

[MP3] Xiu Xiu – Gray Death

Dear God, I Hate Myself is in stores April 16 through Kill Rock Stars/Stomp.

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