10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After two albums of perfectly coiled indie pop, The xx open up. The intimate spaces and beautifully tessellated arrangements endure, but, perhaps owing to drummer/producer Jamie xx’s solo flowering, I See You is expansive and bright. The samples employed on “Say Something Loving” (Alessi Brothers) and “On Hold” (Hall & Oates), for example, add a new and joyous dimension to Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sims’ vocals. The Londoners remain untouchable as stripped-back, small-hours balladeers, with closer “Test Me” as halting and affecting as they’ve ever been.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

After two albums of perfectly coiled indie pop, The xx open up. The intimate spaces and beautifully tessellated arrangements endure, but, perhaps owing to drummer/producer Jamie xx’s solo flowering, I See You is expansive and bright. The samples employed on “Say Something Loving” (Alessi Brothers) and “On Hold” (Hall & Oates), for example, add a new and joyous dimension to Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sims’ vocals. The Londoners remain untouchable as stripped-back, small-hours balladeers, with closer “Test Me” as halting and affecting as they’ve ever been.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
65 Ratings
65 Ratings
Junior Dude

Finally!!!!!

Switching it up but still have the elements that make them great.

Matthew Stephens

I See You

I absolutely adore 'I See You', and I cannot stop playing it! The xx's new album sounds like the xx that we know and love, but at the same time, it sounds nothing like the xx has ever done before. Credits go to Jamie xx, who obviously took some of the ideas and sounds that he introduced on his debut solo work 'In Colour' (the best dance/electronic album of 2015 imo) and adapted it into the new xx album, for delivering a fresh, new and interesting take of the band and its works, and for creating this updated sound in a manner that is both alluring and enjoyable. This new sound is definitely evident on the more danceable sections of the album, such as the two singles 'On Hold' and 'Say Something Loving' as well as 'Dangerous' and album highlight 'I Dare You', and is also evident on the more vulnerable sections of the album, with examples including 'Performance' and 'Brave for You', whilst another album highlight, 'Replica', connects those two parts or personalities to create what is probably the most beautiful moment of the entire album. To sum this album up, it's a definite change of pace for the xx, but it is something I can support and hopefully look forward to hearing more of in the future, and I personally strongly recommend this album for you to buy/stream and listen to, as it definitely deserves the 5 star rating and a definite musical highlight of 2017, at least for me. 😁🎶

Beetle(())

Wow

DUDE! These guys are amazing. The music they create is so beautiful and touching.

Definitely will be played to death by myself.

About The xx

Atmospheric English indie pop group the xx formed in London around the talents of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, Baria Qureshi, and Jamie Smith, when the bandmembers were still in high school. Captivating and cool, the group cites influences that run the gamut from R&B (Aaliyah and Rihanna) to classic alternative rock (the Cure and the Pixies). Built around the duel vocals of Croft and Sim, the group's signature brand of moody, soulful indie rock first appeared on the public radar in early 2009 with the single "Crystalised," which created a huge buzz among critics and fans alike. The xx released their self-titled debut LP in July of that year in the U.K.; it was released in the U.S. the following month. Late that year, Qureshi was no longer part of the group; the rest of the xx released a statement via NME saying this was due to "personal differences." During 2010, the live dates continued, including spots at several high-profile summer festivals, and in September, their album won Britain's coveted Mercury Prize. Meanwhile, Smith worked with Gil Scott-Heron on the remix album We're New Here (in turn spawning the Drake song "Take Care," which sampled the pair's "I'll Take Care of U"). In mid-2012, a pair of singles, "Angels" and "Chained," heralded the release of the group's second album, Coexist, that September. The following year, the band's song "Together" appeared on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. The xx began working on their third album in 2014, and recorded in locales as varied as Marfa, Texas, London, Reykjavik, and Los Angeles. Jamie xx's solo debut In Colour, which featured contributions from Sim and Croft, arrived in 2015. Late in 2016, the single "On Hold" introduced the more energetic, eclectic direction of I See You, which was released in January 2017. ~ James Christopher Monger

ORIGIN
London, England
FORMED
2005

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