Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 39 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
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  1. Q Magazine
    May 28, 2015
    100
    An album so rich, complex and dazzlingly fluid. [Jul 2015, p.103]
  2. 100
    After one listen or 10, In Colour reflects brightly, a phenomenally poised and universally approachable solo debut.
  3. Jun 1, 2015
    93
    It’s the dazzling culmination of Jamie xx’s last six years of work, gathering up elements of everything he’s done--moody ballads, floor-filling bangers, expansive and off-kilter collaborations with vocalists--and packing them tightly into a glittering ball that reflects spinning fragments of feeling back at us.
  4. 91
    A collection of emotionally evocative soundscapes punctuated by more conventionally structured compositions.... It's an ear candy confection of the highest order.
  5. Jun 10, 2015
    90
    Those looking for an album which actively engages the future of music while remembering the imperfect past has much to enjoy with In Colour.
  6. Jun 8, 2015
    90
    Jamie xx is among other U.K. electronic-dance acts, such as Disclosure and Four Tet, that are tapping the genre's past to forge its future. But no one has nailed it quite like this.
  7. Jun 4, 2015
    90
    In Colour is one of the best albums of 2015 and one of the best dance albums in recent memory, simultaneously a moving homage to London rave culture and a realization of the potential of one of the most exciting and original minds in music today.
  8. Jun 2, 2015
    90
    It is exceedingly rare to find a producer who does so much, with so little, that he distilled from, again, so much.
  9. Jun 1, 2015
    90
    Its 42 minutes are comparatively modest, sure, but there’s no question that the man behind the boards here has his finger on the pulse of what may be missing most in electronic music right now--a central reference point. In Colour is that star, the record to hold everyone else’s narratives together.
  10. 90
    This isn’t dewy eyed nostalgia all weighed down with rose tinted reverence, though: he makes a respectful nod to the past by rifling through jungle and garage and so on, but each track feels like a poignant and yet propulsive reflection of Jamie’s personality and experiences.
  11. May 26, 2015
    90
    In Colour stands tall as a bold and renewably-exciting triumph.
  12. 90
    Less has always been more with Smith, and the success of In Colour lies in his gift for melding together very few elements to create songs that are original, surprising and highly effective.
  13. Jun 8, 2015
    85
    Underneath it all is a specificity of sound that threads all of the album's tracks together like beads on a string. [No. 121, p.55]
  14. May 26, 2015
    85
    In Colour consistently feels cohesive and directed. [Apr-May 2015, p.83]
  15. Jun 1, 2015
    84
    It remodels slabs of wax in a way that not only acknowledges but embraces the pop potential those snippets of sound have been denied for so long.
  16. Jul 14, 2015
    80
    A modern pop echo chamber, In Colour pushes the pleasure principle with ease, intelligence, grace, and a myriad of reflections that become one spectrum. RIYL: anything.
  17. Jun 18, 2015
    80
    As it moves from reflective to engaging and back again, In Colour covers the entire spectrum of Jamie xx's music, delivering flashes of brilliance along the way.
  18. Mojo
    Jun 10, 2015
    80
    In Colour really comes into its own when Jamie xx gets abstract and confounding; where his ability to conjure something wonderful from mosaic, non-linear paths is most evident. [Jul 2015, p.84]
  19. In Colour is neither a faithful regurgitation nor a distasteful bastardization of the past, but is instead a charming, effective attempt at bridging the gap between the two.
  20. Jun 3, 2015
    80
    Jamie XX has rearticulated dance music once again. This is an album that surfs from one emotional peak to the next. It’s an album I was actually sad to have end.
  21. Jun 2, 2015
    80
    On the whole, In Color is a vibrant, warm distillation of Jamie xx’s genre-spanning influences, one which could easily result in a meteoric rise in his profile.
  22. Jun 2, 2015
    80
    What Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" was to the hippie era, Jamie xx's solo debut is to British club culture: a wistful valentine conjuring a more innocent time.
  23. 80
    Jamie xx proves adept at exploring the intersection of hip hop, Jamaican dub music, strange New York post-disco, British grime music and gritty new-era rhythm and blues.
  24. Jun 1, 2015
    80
    It’s refreshing to hear Jamie xx go so widescreen.
  25. Jun 1, 2015
    80
    An emotive, emphatic and often joyous collection of music that plays equally for the head and the heart.
  26. Jun 1, 2015
    80
    A showcase of his ability and the things he loves most (Romy and Oliver Sim’s guest spots are a vital part of the LP), it’s the most confident he’s ever sounded.
  27. Jun 1, 2015
    80
    It doesn’t always maintain the consistency that makes a truly great album, but it makes you feel good and puts a smile on your face. Just as the cover promised.
  28. May 28, 2015
    80
    Although In Colour flirts with being overly tasteful, it usually manages to stay just the right side of strange--much like the xx themselves.
  29. Uncut
    May 28, 2015
    80
    What In Colour reveals is the sheer scope of Smith's skills as a songwriter and producer. [Jul 2015, p.68]
  30. May 28, 2015
    80
    It opens with the aggressive, heady breakbeats of Gosh, and segues into songs heavy on his signature steel pans and clean productions that are sometimes dull in their tidy minimalism but ultimately contribute to a wistful atmosphere that's Smith's own.
  31. May 27, 2015
    80
    More than a simple change in direction, this debut album feels like the culmination of pretty much everything he's done up to this point in his career.
  32. May 27, 2015
    80
    It may seem dismissive to write the album off as a stepping stone, but when you consider the stark contrast between tracks like the gospel leanings of "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" and, say, "Basic Space," In Colour isn't only a necessary listen, but an important one too.
  33. May 26, 2015
    80
    The album manages to transcend genre, but never once feels disjointed. Any mis-steps are quickly developed into something bigger, and no single noise ever outstays its welcome.
  34. May 26, 2015
    80
    In Colour is no mere sepia-tinted nostalgia trip.... it is also about the pleasure of being alone, enveloped in bass, in a sea of many; of refracting what can often be a superficial experience--London clubbing--into something more existential, more nuanced, more unified.
  35. Jun 25, 2015
    78
    While the tale and methods of In Colour are well-worn, Jamie XX, like Burial and Four Tet before him, proves himself a master storyteller.
  36. Jun 2, 2015
    75
    True, a few tracks will bore the casual listener by hewing too closely to standard house music. For the most part, however, Jamie xx’s probing of the past produces some intriguingly useful parts for an intimate style of electronica that is all his own.
  37. Jun 8, 2015
    60
    In Colour breaks no new ground to be sure, but as an accessible crossover record it does a perfectly serviceable job. It's light, breezy and pretty, as ephemeral as the exhilaration of clubbing without really evoking the thrill of it all.
  38. Jun 1, 2015
    52
    What we're left with is an uneven album that's rarely as profound or as meaningful as it tries to be.
  39. Jun 1, 2015
    50
    In Colour is ultimately too tidy and, Young Thug features aside, afraid to take risks, and is therefore all the more beige for it.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 360 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 360
  1. Jun 2, 2015
    10
    The greatest album of the year for me! I love The xx so much, and Jamie suprise me with how perfect he can be. An artist that should beThe greatest album of the year for me! I love The xx so much, and Jamie suprise me with how perfect he can be. An artist that should be reconize for all the world, because he's so good with music, production, songwriting. I loved it and I'll love it till the end of time. ♥ Full Review »
  2. Jun 2, 2015
    9
    Wooow, what a nostalgic and amazing album!

    First, it was strange to hear something so magnificent and brilliant, but in the second run I
    Wooow, what a nostalgic and amazing album!

    First, it was strange to hear something so magnificent and brilliant, but in the second run I admitted to myself that this is an album to listen to for all my life.

    Jamie xx knew how to put his experience, learning and intelligence in a unique album. And that's what makes him a great producer, a large current artistic creator.

    Congratulations! An incredibly detailed album and near perfection.
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  3. Jun 3, 2015
    9
    9
    I'm just kitten. This album is pretty good. It's a 9/10 in my book. The only hindrance is Young Thug playing in one of the songs. Of all
    9
    I'm just kitten. This album is pretty good. It's a 9/10 in my book. The only hindrance is Young Thug playing in one of the songs. Of all cameos....... Young Thug? Really? Could be 10/10 album, yet tainted by one choice.. If you're going to be hipster and edgy and make good tunes with rappers, bring back Nas
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