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Women As Lovers

Smart, arty, the­atri­cal and oc­ca­sion­ally wil­ful con­fronta­tional noise has served US west coast ex­per­i­men­tal rock­ers Xiu Xiu well over the course of their five al­bums to date. In com­mon with many of their US alt peers, Xiu Xiu dis­like re­trac­ing their foot­steps, and the for­ward leap on this new album is the ad­di­tion of some rosy-cheeked songs. You can see this pro­gres­sion in how the ten­sion is ma­nip­u­lated on In Lust You Can Hear the Axe Fall and in the am­bi­tious, stormy tu­mult that rages on I Do What I Want, When I Want, mak­ing this an album that dances hap­pily on the thresh­old be­tween the bleedingedge and the indie main­stream. All in all, Xiu Xiu are sound­ing more and more glo­ri­ous with ev­ery out­ra­geously flam­boy­ant step they take. www.xi­uxiu.org Down­load tracks: In Lust You Can Hear the Axe Fall, I Do What I Want, When I Want

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