Great album that staggers just a bit in the second half. Wondering and Get Up are two of the best Xiu Xiu songs I've ever heard, definitely up there with the best of 2017 thus far. http://dozensofdonuts.blogspot.com/2017/02/xiu-xiu-forget-review.html
The new album is good but nowhere near the "most direct engagement with pop music to date" they had mentioned it would be. It sounds like a return to the work they were doing in "Dear God..." and "Always." Good Xiu Xiu music of course, but nothing incredibly or wildly different.
Maybe keep listening? I'm finding it to be their most interesting in a little while. "Wondering" is the SOTY for me, and "Get Up" is incredible. A lot of the songs are growing with each listen. You're right though; this is not toooo poppy.
Yeah, I'll for sure give it some more spins...I thought Angel Guts was their best in awhile because the mood and tone was so dark, but this new one doesn't feel as inspired. Wondering is a great track though, you're right.