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.

Mastered for iTunes

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.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
396 Ratings
396 Ratings
EnanMaldonado ,

On Hold is pure gold.

I am beyond excited about this record. Specially with such an amazing and strong single. Something I was definitely not expecting. But WOW!!!! Way to go guys. Can't wait to hear the whole album and see you live in concert.

ghstwrter ,

In Colour vibes

It takes Jamie xx's In Colour and incorporates it into the whole xx band sound! Love it!

anon0mous ,

A Great Alternative / Easy Listening Album

This album is great if you're in the mood for sober reflections while driving through the mountains on a ski trip. Or maybe if you're at home on a rainy day and putting together a scrap book.

It's not a high energy album, except possibly the track "On Hold", but it's good to mix things up once in a while. It's not a sad album, but it's also not something that might pump you up for a night out on the town.

The synth lines are evolving and inspiring, and the tempo isn't slow, but the vibe of the album is somewhat somber. In short, it's refreshing that bands like the xx still make music like this, but this probably won't be the album that gets you back into your exercise routine.

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