On Women As Lovers, Xiu Xiu’s sixth album, Jamie Stewart paraphrases the Smiths’ “I Know It’s Over” and has Angels of Light’s Michael Gira join him on a cover of Queen and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure.” As a list of influences, it adds up: Xiu Xiu has always trucked in darkness, denseness, and theatricality. But rather than using art as a cloak, Stewart constructs an exoskeleton out of precious wordplay and florid arrangements — armor that makes him as clumsy as it does strong. On “Guantanamo Canto,” Stewart’s messy majesty spurts out in unpardonably bad lines like “Red, white, and blue, choking on peace / Your suicide is politics, nay misery.” The tension between the lyrics’ real-world horror and the music’s haunted, loping discordance is a little like torture itself. Thankfully, “Canto” is the only blatantly topical track on the album; Stewart’s habitat is the fantastic, and the rest of Women pillages his native domains of sex and disgust, leaving shreds of song dangling by threads of skin.
~ Jason Heller, The A.V. Club
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