Daily Download: "Boy Soprano," Xiu Xiu

A free download from the brilliant, maddening Xiu Xiu

Published October 16, 2006 7:01AM (EDT)

I haven't had time to fully digest "The Air Force," the latest album by Xiu Xiu -- a band I generally find more admirable than listenable -- but a cursory listen finds them sounding as brilliant and as maddening as ever, tortured and combative, and with a kind of confrontational intimacy that is inimitable. "Boy Soprano" has a heavy dose of Jamie Stewart's thrilling video game/war zone programming and extraordinary vocals, which for me vacillate between being tremendously moving and a painful aural assault -- which, I'm sure, is exactly the point.

-- T.B.

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