12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The xx's debut holds you rapt from the wordless “Intro,” with its shuffling beats, stark handclaps, and slinking “ahh-ahh-ahh” refrain. From there, xx proceeds to define a new kind of electronic music. Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim’s cooing duets pair with reverberating guitar figures on the breathy intimacies of “VCR,” and Jamie Smith's minimal-but-merciless dubstep beats bolster the quiet storm of “Heart Skipped a Beat.” This LP shaped a world soft as a first kiss, stark as a tower block.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The xx's debut holds you rapt from the wordless “Intro,” with its shuffling beats, stark handclaps, and slinking “ahh-ahh-ahh” refrain. From there, xx proceeds to define a new kind of electronic music. Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim’s cooing duets pair with reverberating guitar figures on the breathy intimacies of “VCR,” and Jamie Smith's minimal-but-merciless dubstep beats bolster the quiet storm of “Heart Skipped a Beat.” This LP shaped a world soft as a first kiss, stark as a tower block.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5

270 Ratings

270 Ratings

Amazing band!

asianjo3

My friend had recommended The XX to me when he knew that I was in love with Chromatics and knew i would fall in love with this one. The Lo-Fi beats and everything just blows me awaym even the new songs that haven't been released yet are even amazing. To me the XX are like the Wyld Stallyns in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. They will become the Earth's core to Utopia.

I met them outside my building at a photoshoot

Collyrulesduh

I met them outside my building at a photoshoot and they gave me a free CD I listened to it and it was good but not really my style. I am not that into rock.

Colly

Basic Space, Open Air

TBrody

As an aspiring music-maker, The xx are an inspiration. Their simple no-frills music, head bobbing beats, and shoe gazer style makes the talent shine right through. Smooth, sustaining guitar licks and pounding bass helps to drive the breathy vocals throughout the album. Their keyboard work is easy and effective.

Seeing them live put a smile on my face and then caused my jaw to drop. The lyrics pierced right through me, the drum work made me want to dance in my seat, and the reverb spoke to my soul.

I can't stop listening to this album. I just saw them earlier tonight and can easily say they are the next big thing. There is nothing masking their raw talent, just pure music. xx is my album of the year

You will not be disappointed.

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

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