- xx

The xx - xx
CRITIC SCORE
86
Based on 20 reviews
2009 Rank: #12 / 742
USER SCORE
84
Based on
318 ratings

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
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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.

87
Pitchfork

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

User Reviews
Feb 2, 2016
KevinPasos
94
One would think with such sparseness these songs would lack substance; however The xx don't disappoint in their debut. With an atmospheric production, enticing vocal interplay, and rich melodies make this album a modern classic

Essential Tracks - VCR // Crystalised // Islands // Heart Skipped a Beat // Fantasy // Basic Space // Night Time
Sep 20, 2015
hemyge
72
Fav tracks: Intro, Islands, Basic Space, Infinity
May 24, 2015
ejscanlan
80
Very good album by a very good band!
Nov 17, 2014
friendlybison
75
The xx are all about subtlety and tiny details in their music. Their sound is very ascending and immersive despite it's simplistic and small scaled nature. It may seem a bit too airy at points, but it's bound to be a perfect record for a lot of people.
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DETAILS

October 6, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Rough Trade / Label
The xx / Producer
Indie Pop / Genres
thexx.info / Website
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 18 - Consequence of Sound
# 50 - Drowned in Sound
# 22 - MOJO
# 3 - musicOMH
# 2 - NME
# 25 - No Ripcord
# 22 - NPR
# 3 - Pitchfork
# 12 - PopMatters
# 7 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 9 - Rolling Stone
# 5 - Stereogum
# 48 - Tiny Mix Tapes
# 6 - Uncut
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)
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