December 15, 2002
In the lexicon of pop and rock criticism, the term unique
is so overused as to be both mundane and meaningless.
Its refreshing to find someone who puts the mystique
back in unique.
This is Xirens
third recording, Polite Conversation. It reflects
the progression of a two-year trip through the Denver
music scene and the stimulating sounds of pop culture.
It fuses both intelligent lyrics with strong, heartfelt
songwriting and passion. Its fun and funny.
It entertains and easily soars over expectations of
what a good local band should sound like.
And for what its worth, each of the seven tracks
truly sparkle and sting with something, well, unique.
Xiren, as a band, behaves as the
enigmatic brainchild of visionaries Ben Jansen and
Xiren Kenny. After the release of Bullets and Rainbows
in 2000, Jansen and Kenny focused on gathering a flock
of massively talented musicians from the Rocky Mountain
region to hit the live stage and build a fan base.
The pristine production and sonic detail on Bullets
needed to be tested live and at full clip. By the
time the itch for the next studio release began in
the spring of 2002, Xirens performances and
growing song catalog had earned impressive accolades
from a healthy variety of fans, journalists, critics,
and industry veterans both in and outside of Denver.
Thats why Polite Conversation
is an absolute necessity for listeners of pop and
rock music. Xiren remains genuine and exciting, presenting
beautiful, hip songs and musical concepts with humor,
intelligence, and most importantly, talent. The passion
is evident in the title track, as the music rocks
and swirls while remaining completely open to anyone
who hears it. The sonic shift to Butterflies
reveals the depth and distinctive lyrics consistent
throughout Conversation. Prince Among Frogs
pays tribute to the classic pop world
that infuses, but never squashes, the innovative Xiren
Xiren easily translates the details
and provocative tenets on Polite Conversation (and
tracks from his 2000s impressive Bullets and
Rainbows) to the live stage with just as much energy
and charisma as you hear on the recording. It is music
that is open to interpretation anywhere and anyhow.
Xiren finds meaningful (and polite!) conversations
through the unity of sound, vision, and the fact that
being unique is truly one in a million.
Listed in Top 10 Best Underground
Bands 2002 The Denver Post
Best Rock/Pop Band 2002 Finalist Westword Music
Best Album 2001 RIFF Magazine
Best Rock/Pop Album 2001 MarisTheGreat.com
Official Coors Light Band 2002