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  • Summary: the 11th full-length release for the Los Angeles-based experimental band led by Jamie Stewart and was co-produced by Angela Seo and Deerhoof's Greg Saunier.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Feb 11, 2019
    90
    For going on 20 years, when Xiu Xiu have put out an album, it’s one of that year’s best. It’s no small thrill to see this trend continue.
  2. Feb 22, 2019
    80
    There's nothing fetishistic, voyeuristic, or pathetically ambiguous here, more an outpouring of disgust that we seem to be in similarly horrendous times again. There are moments of beauty here too, of course, for that contrast has always been a hallmark of Jamie Stewart's songwriting, and what makes Xiu Xiu bleed where others merely pose.
  3. Feb 8, 2019
    80
    The band's playfulness with both sound design and the use of sound effects is another excellent attribute of Girl With Basket of Fruit, as it sees them approaching this aspect with a more extravagant desire.
  4. The Wire
    Mar 7, 2019
    80
    The blithe ease with which it slips from unruly quasi-techno to Tony Conrad-like violin drone (“Pumpkin Attack On Mommy And Daddy”; “The Wrong Thing”) keeps this consistently diverting. [Mar 2019, p.62]
  5. Feb 8, 2019
    75
    For the most part, Girl with Basket of Fruit holds together with a strange logic.
  6. Feb 13, 2019
    75
    Girl With Basket of Fruit proves there is no one quite like Xiu Xiu, and because their musical uniqueness may rub listeners the wrong way like a piece of sandpaper against the surface of aged metal, they are better and particularly special for this reason.
  7. 35
    Unfortunately Girl realistically functions as little more than a jumbled hodgepodge of colorless notions, and another notch on the wall.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Feb 11, 2019
    8
    One of the best albums I have heard this year, there are suprising amount of catchy melodies hidden in the supposedly random sound clips, veryOne of the best albums I have heard this year, there are suprising amount of catchy melodies hidden in the supposedly random sound clips, very engaging listen Expand
  2. Feb 11, 2019
    3
    Overwrought, self-tortured naked emperor of the decade Jamie Stewart slides out his latest approximation of a Seventies acid trip that he'llOverwrought, self-tortured naked emperor of the decade Jamie Stewart slides out his latest approximation of a Seventies acid trip that he'll never have, greasier than a young Trump hairdo and nonsensical as a Shaggs tribute album sung in Croatian. Let's-throw-this-in-too sound collages grate, yet it's the hipster melodrama of the shouted/goth-warbled, random-phrase vocals that make you finally give up. "Smile and then don't!", he orders at the end of one "song" (like, no problem, dude), throws in an Alan Vega-esque backing track on the next one (on and off), then features a female voice listing bugs on the next. Surely this is the soundtrack to a documentary about The Last Man-Bun. It's very telling that the Xius' two-person cover of a ZZ Top song (and anything on the last album) wipes the floor with this mess. Focus, James, focus. Expand