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Universal acclaim- based on 425 Ratings

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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the South London quartet.

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Islands
I don't have to leave any more What I have is right here Spend my nights and days before Searching the world for what's right here Underneath and... See the rest of the song lyrics
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: 83 out of 96
  2. Negative: 4 out of 96
  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. TroyP.
    Feb 14, 2010
    10
    I played this record non-stop for weeks after I bought it, and liked it more every time. After a while, it got displaced by new and possibly I played this record non-stop for weeks after I bought it, and liked it more every time. After a while, it got displaced by new and possibly interesting new releases. But, I keep coming back to xx again and again. Intimate and free-flowing, The XX have made a nearly flawless album, and I can only hope that they have at least one more in them. In any case, this was the record of 2009, hands down. Expand
  4. TomP
    Aug 23, 2009
    9
    Not saying too much, but this is still certainly the best album I've heard in 2009.
  5. CarolT
    Nov 6, 2009
    9
    Cool!
  6. ZbyszekK.
    Dec 14, 2009
    8
    Yes! I like this album!
  7. Luke
    Aug 24, 2009
    1
    This is nonsense.

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