xx - The xx
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Universal acclaim- based on 248 Ratings

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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the South London quartet.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. It's hard to imagine their music getting much better. But it's not hard to imagine their lives getting much better. Which may be all their music needs.
  2. It's a perfectly executed ending for an album whose understated pleasures will surely amount to one of the year's most treasured releases.
  3. xx is a fantastically innovative album, and this band is exploring new territory.
  4. There is a lightness of touch at play that gives the XX a sophistication beyond their years. It probably means that their dream pop will become the ubiquitous dinner party album du jour.
  5. It's strange that such a traditional set-up (drums, bass, keys, guitars, voices) has resulted in one of 2009's most unique debuts.
  6. While the band's subtlety and consistency threaten to work against them at times, XX is still a remarkable debut that rewards repeated listens and leaves listeners wanting more.
  7. Their quest for a catchy chorus is often derailed by a love of hazy atmospherics, creating a soundtrack suited for little more than late-night navelgazing. [Fall 2009, p.72]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 85
  2. Negative: 4 out of 85
  1. NickV.
    Jan 20, 2010
    10
    Music these days is in essence utter shit. This is different.
  2. chris
    Oct 7, 2009
    10
    Amazing, simply amazing.
  3. Mike
    Jan 20, 2010
    10
    This is one of the best albums i have ever heard, not trying to recreate just another popular sound. This is in my opinion a groundbreaking album, and a huge breath of fresh air in what seems to be a fastly genre merging music market. Expand
  4. Stevo
    Aug 28, 2009
    9
    Awesome album. I cannot stop listening to "islands". Up there for best album I've heard so far this year along with Animal Collective, the Antlers, and Phoenix. Expand
  5. ZaneS
    Nov 4, 2009
    9
    By far, the best album I've heard all year. It's absolutely stunning that it's only their debut. The gorgeous, melodic dream pop this young band creates is hard to compare to others. Each song is a pretty as the long. My favorites have to be "VCR," "Heart Skipped a Beat" and "Shelter." But that's only after two listens, so I haven't gotten to known the album thoroughly, but I do know enough that you fall in love even after the first listen. Expand
  6. Apr 7, 2012
    8
    The xx have a sound that is very unique compared to other indie rock bands and that is a primary reason this album is so enjoyable. The songs are simple but soothing and overral are a refreshing change to the repetitive dribble of most indie pop bands. I look forward to the xx's follow up album. Expand
  7. Luke
    Aug 24, 2009
    1
    This is nonsense.

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