- xx

The xx - xx
CRITIC SCORE
86
Based on 20 reviews
2009 Rank: #13 / 798
USER SCORE
84
Based on
381 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.

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
58
Excellent = N/A
Great = 2, 6, 8, 10
Average = 1, 3-5, 7, 9 , 11
Bad = N/A
Trash = N/A
uralberk
NR
-2009 AOTY #2-

Band's

- 2-gender vocal dynamic is flawless
- Musical taste is popularly good
- Overall production is accesible

In this state, The XX can't give us anything better than their perfected debut. They went to the end with the style they're on.
Pitchkrof
50
basically M83, but without the good stuff.
summerstef
90
This album is just simply amazing! The melody is just very relaxing to hear.
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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
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)
Contributions By
royalflush, alexgonzriv, philthy, erik