The two biggest constants throughout Xiu Xiu's catalog are honesty and evolution. This remains true with Dear God, I Hate Myself, as it delivers a look at responsibility, fear, healing, and societal roles wrapped in rich gothic pop music. The sound is still distinctly Xiu Xiu, but Jamie Stewart's vocals are finally effortless paired with vibrant melodies full of subtlety and the distinct sonic accents expected of this anticipated Xiu Xiu release. The result is a record that proves that art can be pop and pop can challenge you to look inside yourself.
Each new Xiu Xiu release has evolved alongside the lives of Jamie Stewart and company. On this record you'll find more intensity and introspection than ever before, but sonically and lyrically it continues to move forward with a subtly new perspective - hyper-focused yet aware of a larger, external picture unfolding. The pace of the record grips you, the music offers layers of detail, and the themes focus on not just the past or stark present but hint towards vespers of the future as well. Dear God, I Hate Myself will challenge you and force you to look inside yourself, but only after you get lost in the music. It's passionate, it's energetic, and it affects you.
Dear God, I Hate Myself is a beautiful piece of humanist art. It's an important addition to the growing body of intelligent music from Xiu Xiu. And it's a brilliant gothic pop record that can stand next to anything.
...Xiu Xiu remains as fearless as ever, but in a subtler, more subversive way that makes Dear God, I Hate Myself one of their finest albums yet.
- Deluxe Edition
- KRS 30 Year Anniversary Reissue
- Vinyl LP
- Remastered from the Original Audio Source
- Bonus 45rpm 7" Vinyl Single - 2 Previously Unreleased Tracks
- New Liner Notes from the Artist
- Limited-Time Digital Download - Includes Drunk Commentary for the Full Album
- Gray Death
- Chocolate Makes You Happy
- Apple For A Brain
- House Sparrow
- Hyunhye's Theme
- Dear God, I Hate Myself
- Secret Motel
- Falkland Rd.
- The Fabrizio Palumbo Retaliation
- Cumberland Gap
- This Too Shall Pass Away (For Freddy)
- Impossible Feeling
- The Ropes Have Pulled Tight
- Cute Pee Pee