The xx - xx

The xx - xx
CRITIC SCORE
86
Based on 19 reviews
2009 Rank: #10 / 693
USER SCORE
84
Based on
275 ratings

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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.

80
AllMusic

While the band's subtlety and consistency threaten to work against them at times, XX is still a remarkable debut that rewards repeated listens and leaves listeners wanting more.

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User Reviews
ejscanlan
80
Very good album by a very good band!
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.
JAM
90
Phenomenal debut with flawless production. The best album i have heard from this genre so far. Both performers have perfect voices for their style.

Favorite Track: Islands
Least Favorite: Basic Space
kennethlovesmus
100
GOAT album!!! one of the best albums i've ever heard in my life.
SiberianBreaks
72
The xx have a very dynamic sound with their dramatic instrumentation and the whispery vocals. Their debut has some great production, but my main problem with this band is how samey all their songs sound. But this album still has some incredibly solid songs.

Favourite tracks: Crystallized, Shelter, 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
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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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