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The xx - xx
CRITIC SCORE
86
Based on 20 reviews
2009 Rank: #13 / 799
USER SCORE
84
Based on
408 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club

The result is sexy like early Portishead and thoughtful like Young Marble Giants—a perfectly formed debut with a genuinely new sound way beyond the sum of identifiable forebears.

90
Drowned in Sound

They’re not magnificently written, with unspeakably beautiful melodies, and virtuoso instrumental performances, but they have an intangible spook. The XX know when to tense, when to relax.

90
musicOMH

For a debut album it’s brilliantly realised and contains not an inch of flab across its 11 songs.

90
Slant Magazine

The xx opts for an appealing middle ground between immediacy and ambiance, and the highly sophisticated results are all the more impressive for being delivered by a foursome of 20-year-olds who have somehow acquired a knack for the kind of quietly ambitious songcraft for which some bands strive for their entire careers.

87
Pitchfork

Initially hospital-tile sterile, xx rewards volume and repetition like few other albums this year.

ryansliao
60
Ultimately, The xx is carried by their man behind the production, Jamie xx. The tracks where the production creates some emotive presence are good tracks. The tracks the feature Oliver and Romy's melancholy voices tend to veer towards boring territory. Their vocals are only seldomly emotive enough to make me interested. But Jamie xx does come through most of the time.

Best Tracks: Intro, Crystalised, Islands, Heart Skipped A Beat

Worst Tracks: Fantasy, Shelter, Basic Space
78
A delicate example of indie pop melancholia based mostly on the wishes that only dreams can fulfil.
Don't hesitate, throw away the dispensable, close your eyes and surrender to its beauty.
90
Whether it's because of nostalgia or just because it's a damn good album I'm always willing to listen to the original XX album. Classic.
TCG1974
88
Almost every song is enjoyable.
GPellizzon
83
A big problem with this album is that the second half of it is really weak compared to the first one. But other than that, fine album.

GEMS:
• Intro
• VCR
• Islands
• Infinity
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DETAILS

October 6, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Rough Trade / Label
The xx / Producer
Indie Pop / Genres
thexx.info / Website
Tags
Track List
  1. Intro
  2. VCR
  3. Crystalised
  4. Islands
  5. Heart Skipped a Beat
  6. Fantasy
  7. Shelter
  8. Basic Space
  9. Infinity
  10. Night Time
  11. Stars
  12. Hot Like Fire (iTunes Bonus Track)
Contributions By
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