dear god i hate myself is exceptional album. xiu xiu has alway been the project of the gnarled mind of jamie stewart. over the years he recruits friends to help him record and perform. the last couple of albums have had basically the same group. that moved xiu xiu to a more “band like” sound, fuller and a bit tidier. dear god comes off a bit like a solo album from the lead singer, a return to the sparser sound of the earlier albums. broken electronics and distorted guitar complements jamie’s cracked voice. lyrically, this is xiu xiu’s strongest album in some time. jamie has reached a new level of sublime perversity with the perfect dose of anger and revelry. so far 2010 is an excellent year for music.