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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. For a debut album it's brilliantly realised and contains not an inch of flab across its 11 songs. Debut album of the year? It's beyond doubt.
  3. It's a perfectly executed ending for an album whose understated pleasures will surely amount to one of the year's most treasured releases.
  4. It's difficult to imagine 'xx' having quite the seismic impact of that opus [Arcade Fire's debut], but the album will win many friends for its beautifully haunting, understated charms.
  5. Uncut
    80
    The finished result occupies land between Young Marble Giants' "Colossal Youth" and Tricky's "Maxinquaye": not the equal of either of those landmark albums, maybe, but certainly cut from the same cloth. [Sep 2009, p.89]
  6. As overwrought as the lyrics are, the songs have an attractive, dreamy, atmospheric quality that helps the London band avoid embarrassing teen melancholy. It's also surprisingly hypnotic.
  7. Under The Radar
    50
    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: 79 out of 90
  2. Negative: 4 out of 90
  1. NickV.
    Jan 20, 2010
    10
    Music these days is in essence utter shit. This is different.
  2. JanJ.
    Oct 7, 2009
    10
    Well build up songs, great basslines and super darkish atmosphere!
  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 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, 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. CarolT
    Nov 6, 2009
    9
    Cool!
  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 songsThe 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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