Xiu Xiu - "Women As Lovers" (CD+DVD) View larger

Xiu Xiu - "Women As Lovers" (CD+DVD)


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Xiu Xiu are so expert at straddling the line between avant-garde and indie rock that they've completely erased it. On “Women as Lovers, there's less of a gap than ever between the band's ironically poppy (but genuinely) catchy songs and their experimental, unflinching ones. "I Do What I Want, When I Want" opens the album with chirpy synths and hints of a cheerful xylophone melody that are abandoned in what sounds like a sheet metal factory; hooky "doo-do-doo-do-doo" backing vocals are put through a distortion wringer. It's intense, it's uneasy -- but it's also strangely immediate in a way that only Xiu Xiucan manage. Over the rest of Women as Lovers, Jamie Stewart, Caralee McElroy, and crew cover the spectrum of their sounds, from "No Friend Oh!"'s outraged almost-pop to "Puff and Bunny"'s broken, self-loathing gamelan. Nobody else sounds like Xiu Xiu, and they've made themselves even more singular on this album.