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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the British indie pop trio was co-produced by Rodaidh McDonald and Jamie xx.
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I don't blame you We got carried away I can't hold on To an empty space Now you've found a new star to orbit It could be love I think you're too... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 91
    The best record of the xx’s career.
  2. Feb 6, 2017
    90
    The xx have undergone a gentle makeover, but what lies at their heart remains the same. Songs for lovers. Songs for the rejected. Songs for all of us.
  3. Jan 4, 2017
    85
    After eight years as a band, The xx still expertly know how to take you on an emotional joyride. [Jan-March 2017, p.68]
  4. 80
    They are exciting precisely because they refuse to reveal everything about themselves, and because there is an ambiguity to be found in lyrics that come across as bluntly personal. It’s a talent that was present in their first two albums, only this time, they’ve let the light in a bit.
  5. Jan 12, 2017
    80
    Nitpicking aside, the risks they take on this album pay off: I See You is some of their most captivating music since their debut.
  6. Jan 10, 2017
    80
    Ultimately, though, this is a more than solid album from a band who it was once assumed had given up. While nothing will compare to the band's exceedingly unattainable debut, it is refreshing to see the band learn from their mistakes on Coexist and create something new and intriguing, but still ultimately them.
  7. Jan 17, 2017
    60
    The xx are moving forward, but they don’t know quite where they’re headed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Jan 13, 2017
    10
    We are only in January but surely one of the best albums of the year is already out here, the most complex and ingenious work they have doneWe are only in January but surely one of the best albums of the year is already out here, the most complex and ingenious work they have done so far, great comeback after a good but timid second album Expand
  2. Apr 14, 2017
    10
    We are only in January but surely one of the best albums of the year is already out here, the most complex and ingenious work they have doneWe are only in January but surely one of the best albums of the year is already out here, the most complex and ingenious work they have done so far, great comeback after a good but timid second album Collapse Expand
  3. Jun 14, 2018
    10
    This is the best album The XX have ever made, sounding both familiar and experimental. It plays into the strengths of all three individualsThis is the best album The XX have ever made, sounding both familiar and experimental. It plays into the strengths of all three individuals uniting as gifted musicians to produce a masterpiece.

    This album brilliantly captures The XX’s subtle and effective evolution. It’s not a 180 from their first two albums. They found a fork in the road and chose the path to more emotionally uplifting music and lyrics. They still stay true to their atmospheric tone. None of group’s identity was compromised by the added thump and synthesized beats from rhythm section mastermind Jamie Smith.

    It doesn’t dive headfirst into a new territory. Instead, it swims slowly and confidently into the deep end of unfamiliar waters with proven and trusted friends acting as metaphorical life vests. Sure it’s different and potentially challenging, but with unwavering support from your mates nothing is impossible. Oliver and Romy’s smoldering vocals are accompanied by their minimalistic instrumentals and are snuggly wrapped in Jamie’s trancey beats.
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  4. Apr 19, 2017
    8
    I wasn't very fond of The XX until I decided to give them another chance by listening to this album. Their slight change in style leaves meI wasn't very fond of The XX until I decided to give them another chance by listening to this album. Their slight change in style leaves me satisfied. Love the sound of the vocals. Can't wait to add a few songs to my playlist. Expand
  5. Jan 9, 2018
    8
    Deluxe version of this project provides songs that are well worthy of being on this already great project. Plenty to like about this album.Deluxe version of this project provides songs that are well worthy of being on this already great project. Plenty to like about this album. Longevity and catchiness of some songs aren't up to par but the standout songs are incredible in every element. Expand
  6. Jan 13, 2017
    7
    A very strong album to start off 2017 with. This is a huge improvement from the band's previous album "Coexist". The albums have 10 greatA very strong album to start off 2017 with. This is a huge improvement from the band's previous album "Coexist". The albums have 10 great songs. It is the band's best album so far. The songwriting and production for this album are amazing. Jamie xx did an outstanding job with composing each track on this album. If you like dreamy electronic songs, you may find yourself falling in love with this dream pop album by The xx. Overall a great album. 9.5/10 Expand
  7. Mar 20, 2017
    1
    Because it is impossible that people do not understand the difference with a old song and album and say that this is better...please peopleBecause it is impossible that people do not understand the difference with a old song and album and say that this is better...please people stand up! thx Expand

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