XOXO, Panda and the New Kid Revival

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XOXO, Panda and the New Kid Revival
Cover art for XOXO, Panda and the New Kid Revival
Studio album by Her Space Holiday
Released October 7, 2008
Genre Indie rock
Length 49:36[1]
Label Mush Records
Her Space Holiday chronology
The Telescope
(2006)The Telescope2006
XOXO, Panda and the New Kid Revival
(2008)
Her Space Holiday
(2011)Her Space Holiday2011

XOXO, Panda and the New Kid Revival is Marc Bianchi's 2008 album under his pseudonym Her Space Holiday. The album was released on October 7, 2008. In this album, Bianchi abandons the computerized sounds that marked previous Her Space Holiday efforts in favor of an organic, folk-driven style.[1] The track "Sleepy Tigers", which also became its own EP, has become his most known and most played on his Myspace page, having over 350,000 plays.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 65/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Alternative Press 7/10
Drowned in Sound 7/10[3]
Hot Press 3/5[5]
LAS Magazine 7.6/10[6]
Pitchfork Media 6/10[7]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[8]
Q Magazine 6/10[3]
Tiny Mix Tapes 2.5/5 stars[9]

XOXO, Panda and the New Kid Revival received mixed to positive reviews from critics. It scored a 65 out of 100 on review aggregator MetaCritic.[3] Its departure from Her Space Holiday's previous darker, more indietronica work is mentioned frequently. For example, Rolling Stone Magazine describes the album as "brighter" than Her Space Holiday's previous releases, and calls the tracks "charming" and "simple".[1] LAS Magazine describes the album as a "divergence from his defining brand of electro-infused indie-rock to unapologetic, cadenced pop" and calling the lyrics "sometimes playful, sometimes cringe-inducing". The magazine rated the album a 7.6 out of 10.[6] Webzine PopMatters warns that the album is "worth hearing, just don’t expect anything life-changing", and describes Bianchi's vocals as "less-than-stellar". Still, the webzine awarded the album a 6 out of 10 rating.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The New Kid Revival" 3:42
2. "The Truth Hurts So This Should Be Painless" 3:51
3. "The Heartbreak Moment" 3:28
4. "The Year in Review" 3:50
5. "No More Good Ideas" 2:47
6. "The Boys and Girls (Good Morning)" 3:52
7. "Sleepy Tigers" 3:28
8. "The World Will Deem Us Dangerous" 3:29
9. "My Crooked Crown" 3:19
10. "Four Tapping Shoes and a Kiss" 3:16
11. "The Telescope" 2:43
12. "Two Tin Cans and a Length of String" 4:10
13. "The Day in Review" 3:25
14. "One for My Soul (Good Night)" 4:26
15. "The Third Man" 1:16

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "MH-260 Her Space Holiday - XOXO, Panda And The New Kid Revival". Mush Records. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Her Space Holiday". Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Xoxo Panda & The New Kid Revival". MetaCritic. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  4. ^ McClintock, J. Scott. "XOXO, Panda and the New Kid Revival". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Freyne, Patrick. "Her Space Holiday". Hot Press. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Longo, Lara. "Her Space Holiday". Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Cohen, Ian. "Her Space Holiday". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Martin, Andrew. "Her Space Holiday: XOXO, Panda and the New Kid Revival". PopMatters. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  9. ^ Ranta, Alan. "Her Space Holiday". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 29 July 2010.