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  • Summary: The debut full-length solo release for the xx's Jamie Smith features guest appearances from Popcaan, Young Thug, as well as his xx bandmates Romy Croft and Oliver Sim.
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  • Record Label: Young Turks
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Garage, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Dubstep
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Loud Places
I go to loud places to search for someone To be quiet with who will take me home You go to loud places to find someone who Will take you higher than... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Q Magazine
    May 28, 2015
    100
    An album so rich, complex and dazzlingly fluid. [Jul 2015, p.103]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Jun 1, 2015
    80
    It’s refreshing to hear Jamie xx go so widescreen.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  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. ♥ Expand
  2. Nov 21, 2015
    10
    Showing emotions does not necessitate dreary balladry. Case in point, Jamie XX's In Colours is so richly diverse and complex emotionally onShowing emotions does not necessitate dreary balladry. Case in point, Jamie XX's In Colours is so richly diverse and complex emotionally on all levels. Whether it is an instrumental track or a guest-vocal one, Jamie XX shows off his polished and intricate compositions and direction. When partners in crime from The XX, Romy Madley-Croft and Oliver Sim join him on tracks See-Saw and Stranger in a Room respectively, magic of a different kind, apart from their main group, is sparked. The best track, Gosh, which also starts the album is simply the track of the year. The instrumental bringing you from the mid-section right to the end will be the most dazzling and emotive thing you will ever hear this year. Not even a certain mega-diva could rival that. Expand
  3. Jun 2, 2015
    10
    I know there's gonna be good times when you listen this album. The greatest album of the year so far. You can feel the colours of jamie whenI know there's gonna be good times when you listen this album. The greatest album of the year so far. You can feel the colours of jamie when you listen to it. Expand
  4. Jun 10, 2015
    9
    When I listened to In Colour, there was not a song I wanted to skip (besides "Loud Places", which is still a relatively good song). The albumWhen I listened to In Colour, there was not a song I wanted to skip (besides "Loud Places", which is still a relatively good song). The album is never boring. Jamie xx here produces some of the best and most musical electronica in recent memory, from the samples of "Gosh" to the harmonious vocals of "Sleep Sound" to the steel drums of "Obvs". "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" is an essential collaboration between Jamie, rapper Young Thug known for his often-incomprehensible lyrics and his original style, and reggae vocalist Popcaan, that is the sequel to Thug's biggest hit "Lifestyle" that is sure to be a fantastic summer song. And I do like the originality Jamie puts into his music. To be honest, I would not have expected any of the TNGHT-esque sampling of "Gosh", the Caribbean vibe of "Obvs" or the accentuated offbeats of "The Rest Is Noise". I think it was a brave move on "Stranger in a Room" to have the harmony (the synths) be higher in tone than the melody (Oliver Sim's vocals). In Colour may not be To Pimp a Butterfly, but it is certainly a must-hear for all fans of The xx or electronic music in general. Grade: A. Highlights: "Sleep Sound", "Hold Tight", "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)", "Girl". Worst song: "Loud Places" Expand
  5. Jun 2, 2015
    9
    This is probably one of the year's best albums.

    Jamie xx's music doesn't hold back. His music packs a punch full of emotion, creativity and
    This is probably one of the year's best albums.

    Jamie xx's music doesn't hold back. His music packs a punch full of emotion, creativity and intelligence.

    This is the kind of refreshing album we need in a time when EDM a very tiresome and formulaic genre is taking over.

    This album is definitely up there with other albums like Burial - Untrue and Four Tet - Rounds.
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  6. Dec 10, 2015
    9
    Simply great, not much else to say. Almost every song in this album sounds very unique and amazing. The Young Thug song is honestly the onlySimply great, not much else to say. Almost every song in this album sounds very unique and amazing. The Young Thug song is honestly the only song I didn't enjoy that much. Expand
  7. Jul 7, 2015
    6
    I was underwhelmed by In Colour. It sounds like a mixture between Washed Out and Tycho. I had high expectations prior to listening, but II was underwhelmed by In Colour. It sounds like a mixture between Washed Out and Tycho. I had high expectations prior to listening, but I simply was not that interested after several listens. Expand

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