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
274 Ratings
274 Ratings
TBrody ,

Basic Space, Open Air

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.

LP325 ,

loved it.

I used to be a total mainstream pop music listener(I'm a girl). About a year ago I started listening to alternative music, and I totally switched my music taste at that point. If you like alternative music, a nice slow song, or just something calm to listen to, I highly suggest listening to the Xx. They are amazing and quite talented. Love the vocals.

dayzee(: ,

AMAZING

I've never been the person to love alternative music ( I used to like Drake, One Direction, and all that stuff ) but now I am in LOVE with this music

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