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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