"Moody dark-pop from a Swedish superstar in the making. Surrounded by dark, gloomy synthesizers, XOV croons his bloody, autobiographical tale along huge pop radio-friendly hooks: “Once upon a time, I was a fool / too cool for school, gangster cruel” he croons, recalling a cross between Lorde, Robyn, & The Weeknd."
- MTV Buzzworthy
"SEXY as hell! XOV drops F bombs & musical explosions of awesomeness on his song Lucifer."
- Perez Hilton
"XOV aka Stockholm’s Damian Ardestani goes all out on his debut offering, Boys Don’t Cry. Coming in somewhere between the slick R&B of The Weeknd and Drake, and a more outwardly 80′s pop inspired pop sound, it’s deliriously over the top, and resoundingly confident."
- Crack In The Road
"The Boys Don’t Cry EP is a strong introduction, blending revealing, cold-blooded ruminations about his troubled past in rap form with heaven-sent, smoothly crooned pop hooks. Even in semi-acoustic form, tracks like “Animal” and “Fireman” already sound like bonafide pop anthems."
"XOV reminds the world of why Stockholm continues to have the reputation for being a songwriting hotspot of global significance."
"XOV takes the best bits of The Weeknd & Robyn, and mixes them together into a dark pop package. And by “dark” we mean really dark. Of course, given his smooth-as-silk falsetto, it might take a few spins before the heaviness of his themes fully penetrates."
- MTV Iggy