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A Promise

Xiu XiuAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Xiu Xiu was born on a dance floor, arriving alone at the club and going home alone from the club.

That night the first Xiu Xiu song, Jennifer Lopez, was recorded. Its line, “is it tough to watch, Friday after Friday!?,” began what Xiu Xiu was going to try to say. The songs would always be about specific events in the personal lives of the band, the people close to them, and ... Read more in Amazon's Xiu Xiu Store

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  • Audio CD (February 18, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 5 Rue Christine
  • ASIN: B000089CRU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,767 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7. Blacks
8. Brooklyn Dodgers
9. Fast Car
10. Ian Curtis Wishlist

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, emotional, definately not for everyone. February 5, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Right from the first sight of cover of this album you pretty much know that it's going to be confrontational. And, it is. You're either going to love this album or hate it. This is an album of extremes.
The music itself doesn't seem to be based in normal pop song structure at all. Using found objects for percussion and electronic instruments for the broad noise making, it appears to be a collection of extremes (loud/quiet, melodic/free-form, sing/scream). But, underneath it all are often soft, beautiful guitars. The electronics are used in the most opposite way from tradition. No cheesy loops or beats, no passing off sounds in place of real instruments.
Next, Jamie Stewart lets out lyrics that are nothing but raw. He either hits the mark dead on (Apistat Commander) or produces eye-rolling groans (Walnut House). Regardless, the album is so naked and open about its emotion you are either swept in or completely put off. Where the music doesn't grab you, the voice and lyrics will.
It's hard to even compare anything to Xiu Xiu. You can't; I've yet to hear anything close and that's a good thing. This is a very polarizing album. Even the cover of Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" is uncommon. Instead of a slightly uptempo folk song, it becomes a slow, heart-wrenching near dirge. I think it's one of the best albums I purchased in years. Uncompromising, unique, and raw.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deception April 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I am not sure if Xiu Xiu is a band or a solo act. I say that because it seems like Jamie Stewart is the only person who plays and sings on every song. Xiu Xiu is from the Bay Area. They are a very unique act. The vocals remind me of Scott Walker backed by a more experimental noise. The songs go from very quiet to very noisy. The best song "Sad Pony Guerilla Girl" is a good example of what is going to follow: low voices with acoustic guitars, with a lot of racket in the background. The lyrics go: "I like my neighborhood/I like my gun/drive in my little car/I am your girl and I will protect you." They are surreal stories that supply no answers. The middle of the album dabbles in more experimental noise and film soundtracks. Like the band Plaid, Xiu Xiu is heavy into bell sounds. The album peaks emotionally with the song "20,000 Deaths For Eidelyn Gonzales..." Then the album gets darker, with some Joy Divison like moments. "Blacks" is a homicidal story. The final song is even called "Ian Curtis Wish List." On a previous album they cover a Joy Division song. On this one they do "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman. Not sure if this is supposed to be sincere or ironic. Xiu Xiu have made an impressive statement nonetheless, and it is much like reading a suicide note, years after the fact.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unlock your mind.... April 4, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I first heard xiu xiu when I was driving in my car one day and instantly was taken away by thier dynamic vocal and instrumental ingenuity. I love listening to them when I am riding my bike or driving in my car and just watching all the things around me interact and go along their day. It channels this deep sense of imaginative and creative emotions in my mind that transcends understanding. What I like the most about them is that they are not that genre type music that you always are subjected to. Xiu Xiu is Xiu Xiu. If you have an open mind to avant-garde listenings then you should really give them a try, you won't be let down I "promise" you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It IS very different.... January 1, 2004
By A Customer
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this is very unique, good or bad, bordering on almost "performance artist" territory... VERY way over the top. sometimes seemingly over the top just to be over the top. often intentionally embarrassing or painfully pathetic, self-indulgent... you don't know whether to laugh, cry, or ignore this... it is hard to ignore thou. the second song is a standout. if you easily bored by what is called "rock" on the radio, you may want to give this a try.
and the album cover... most unique album cover of the year 2003! utterly bizarre... and it is hard to grab the attention of the jaded indie crowd anymore, this did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitting the Music to the Mood March 26, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Xiu Xiu are one of the most inventive and imaginative bands out there right now. Their music evokes dark imaginary in my mind when I listen to it. Personally, A Promise is my favorite album by them, but I would recommend any. If you are reading a review for Xiu Xiu then you are on the right track and you should by this album. A side note: I had the pleasure to see Xiu Xiu play last weekend in my town of Missoula, Montana.. Unfortunately, their van was broken into late in the night and their equipment was stolen. They have cancelled their tour. Hopefully, their instruments will surface. By this disc and support real musical genius.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for some, possibly annoying for others March 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
You Either Love 'em or Hate 'em. I love 'em. I think that anyone who listens carefully and with an open mind will find incredible range and expression in the music and especially the vocals. Although not what I had hoped entirely, the cover of Tracy Chapman's 'Fast Car' is quite dynamic and sometimes stunning.
These are songs of pain and emotional torture, as well as of love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I could have dreamed February 27, 2003
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The meandering keyboards and seemingly pointless anarchic percussion and screaming for the first two Xiu-Xiu releases are all but forgotten here. Without losing a bit of the geniunely disturbing angst of the "Knife Play" or "Chapel of Chimes," we're treated to a more orchestral, more organized Xiu-Xiu, and the results are staggering.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Take It Like a Woman
Not that there have been many bands over the past decade that have affected me so much, but these are ok the XIU the XIU and their cd that I recommend is A PROMISE, enchanting. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lino Terlati
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretentiously pretending
To think there was a time when I equated Stewart's pretentious moaning with emotional sincerity and the band's clunky compositions as unhinged indie makes me sadder than hearing... Read more
Published on April 13, 2009 by IRate
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This is the worst CD I've ever heard. But, some people like it, so I'm thinking seriously about recording something in my bedroom and selling it, because I can actually sing unlike... Read more
Published on August 1, 2006 by SRS
4.0 out of 5 stars pseudo-leonard cohen finds the new world
the singer of this band sort of sounds like leonard cohen but i think less successful. he puts a lot of emotions into his voice 'n stuff but sometimes they sound a lil too forced. Read more
Published on March 11, 2005 by space_antelope
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
A promise is a bit less balanced and refined than its follow-up Fabulous Muscles (I bought the latter one first), especially the second half of the album, but it's still pretty... Read more
Published on March 11, 2005 by Larry
4.0 out of 5 stars It's pronounced "Shoe Shoe"
Disreguard anything that the "Master of All Domain Man" said about Xiu Xiu, he obviously has no clue what good music is, which is evident by other bands he has left reviews for:... Read more
Published on October 31, 2004 by J. Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Contorted Beauty
Xiu Xiu does not create ordinary music. In my judgement, this is a very good thing. I have never heard anything quite like them; rarely does one across music that is as textured,... Read more
Published on May 28, 2003 by Andres J. Restrepo
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