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The Air Force is the fifth album by Xiu Xiu. It was released on September 15, 2006, and is produced by Greg Saunier of Deerhoof, who also performs on the album with band members Caralee McElroy and Jamie Stewart.

The Air Force
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 15, 2006 (2006-09-15)
GenreArt rock, experimental, post-punk
Length34:37
Label5 Rue Christine
ProducerCaralee McElroy, Greg Saunier, Jamie Stewart
Xiu Xiu chronology
La Forêt
(2005)
The Air Force
(2006)
Women as Lovers
(2008)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic76/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [2]
Pitchfork Media(8.0/10) [3]
PopMatters(8/10) [4]

Contents

ProductionEdit

The album was produced by Greg Saunier of Deerhoof, and released on 5 Rue Christine in September 2006. Stewart said that the year was "one of the first not dominated by personal tragedies" and that the album is about "making other people feel bad" instead of feeling bad oneself.[5] Its major themes are "guilt and sex as opposed to sorrow and sex".[5] Stewart considered it their best and most consciously pop album yet. He said that the band was obsessed with Weezer's Blue Album and The Smiths's The Queen Is Dead while on tour, though the album does not reflect those albums particularly.[5]


Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Jamie Stewart, except Bishop, CA and Wig Master which have additional lyrics by Angela Seo

  1. "Buzz Saw" – 3:01
  2. "Boy Soprano" – 3:23
  3. "Hello from Eau Claire" – 2:54
  4. "Vulture Piano" – 3:23
  5. "PJ in the Streets..." – 2:57
  6. "Bishop, CA" – 4:06
  7. "Saint Pedro Glue Stick" – 1:17
  8. "The Pineapple vs the Watermelon" – 3:28
  9. "Save Me Save Me" – 2:39
  10. "The Fox & the Rabbit" – 3:12
  11. "Wig Master" – 4:17

iTunes USA bonus tracksEdit

  1. "Bonus Track" - 1:28
  2. "Feeding the Raging Heart" - 2:18
  3. "Bonus Track" - 1:13

PersonnelEdit

Xiu XiuEdit

  • Jamie Stewart - Production, Vocals (1-6,8-11), Percussion (1,3,4,6,8,9), Drum Programming (2-4,6,9,10), Synthesizer (2-4,6,8,10), Guitar (2,4,5,8,10), Bass (4,5,8,9), Sampler (3,5,7), Harmonica (4,6), Piano (1), Accordion (2), Recorder (2), Autoharp (5), Mandolin (9)
  • Caralee McElroy - Production, Vocals (1,3,6,10), Flute (2,4), Synthesizer (4), Glockenspiel (9), Cymbal (10)

Additional personnelEdit

  • Greg Saunier - Production, Vocals (1,3,5,6,10), Sampler (2-4,9,11), Synthesizer (1,4,6,9), Guitar (2,4,5,10), Percussion (1,2,5), Piano (1,8), Drum Programming (2,4), Bass (3), Electronic Drums (3), Banjo (6), Bass Drum (6), Snare Drum (9), Glockenspiel (9)
  • Devin Hoff - Double Bass (2,10,11), Bass (10)
  • David Horvitz - Koto (7)
  • Nedelle Torisi - Violin (9)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Air Force by Xiu Xiu". Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  2. ^ The Air Force at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-10-31. Retrieved 2006-09-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Music Reviews, Features, Essays, News, Columns, Blogs, MP3s and Videos - PopMatters". Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Stosuy, Brandon (April 9, 2006). "Xiu Xiu". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2014.