Nina (CD)


Xiu Xiu

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Amoeba Review

12/02/2013

Xiu Xiu put a modern twist on the Nina Simone discography with Nina, a collection of 11 songs originally recorded by the jazz icon. Frontman Jamie Stewart’s quivering voice lends itself quite well to Simone’s songs as he drops into a deeper, breathier register, sounding desperate as he bids a lover adieu in “Don’t Smoke in Bed.” Stewart’s longtime collaborator Ches Smith contributes modern-jazz arrangements to the songs that match Stewart’s unconventional approach to singing, serving up loads of existential dread in the form of clattering percussion, prickly violins and bellowing cellos in “Where Can I Go Without You,” perhaps the most moving song on the album as Stewart cries the final refrain as a pathetic lamentation. They pick things up on “See Line Woman” and “Pirate Jenny,” staying faithful to the feel of the originals while tearing them apart with mid-song sound explosions and Stewart’s madman delivery. Nina is an album that could easily upset both Simone and Xiu Xiu purists (if the latter is such a thing that exists), and for its fearless approach alone it should be commended. Whether or not Xiu Xiu are always successful at reinterpreting Simone’s songs is up for debate, but Nina is never less than a challenging, fascinating listen.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Don't Smoke in Bed
Xiu Xiu 04:48
2.
Don't Explain
Xiu Xiu 04:28
3.
Wild Is the Wind
Xiu Xiu 06:07
4.
Where Can I Go Without You
Xiu Xiu 04:06
5.
See Line Woman
Xiu Xiu 02:35
6.
Just Say I Love Him
Xiu Xiu 03:25
7.
Four Women
Xiu Xiu 04:13
8.
Pirate Jenny
Xiu Xiu 05:53
9.
You'd Be so Nice
Xiu Xiu 03:49
10.
The Other Woman
Xiu Xiu 02:54
11.
Flo Me La
Xiu Xiu 06:51

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