- In Colour

Jamie xx - In Colour
CRITIC SCORE
84
Based on 32 reviews
2015 Rank: #22 / 731
USER SCORE
82
Based on
746 ratings

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100
Consequence of Sound

Each song grows richer the more you explore its open space. Its minimalism breathes buckets of color. After one listen or 10, In Colour reflects brightly, a phenomenally poised and universally approachable solo debut.

93
Pitchfork
It’s the dazzling culmination of Jamie xx’s last six years of work, gathering up elements of everything he’s done—moody ballads, floor-filling bangers, expansive and off-kilter collaborations with vocalists—and packing them tightly into a glittering ball that reflects spinning fragments of feeling back at us.
91
Pretty Much Amazing
Like much of Jamie xx’s body of work, it’s a chronicle of distance, both romantic and musical, a swooning love song for beat-loving introverts and sensitive ravers.
90
Drowned in Sound
There’s a depth to this record that evokes an intellectual approach to his craft: every beat, synth and sample appears to have been meticulously planned by this music nerd (which is in no way meant as a diss).
90
NME
Less has always been more with Smith, and the success of ‘In Colour’ lies in his gift for melding together very few elements to create songs that are original, surprising and highly effective.
90
Spin
It is exceedingly rare to find a producer who does so much, with so little, that he distilled from, again, so much. If drugs are the backbone of beat-based music, as some argue, Jamie xx’s is the purest kind.
90
No Ripcord
The record finds a perfect balance between being a statement on rave culture itself and reveling in sincere, in-the-moment exhilaration and emotion.
90
HipHopDX

Those looking for an album which actively engages the future of music while remembering the imperfect past has much to enjoy with In Colour.

90
The Line of Best Fit

In Colour is a record that could soundtrack break ups, facilitate unions, and prompt both soul searching and sweaty debauchery.

90
Exclaim!

In Colour is a master class in deftness.

90
Billboard

For as erudite as it is, though, In Colour doesn't require footnotes to enjoy -- it's first and ­foremost a dance record.

85
Under The Radar

Although each of the LP's 11 parts change genres and tempo at the drop of a hat, In Colour consistently feels cohesive and directed. It is not simply a collection of disparate electronic styles, but a portfolio of the full skill-set of one of Britain's best producers.

85
Northern Transmissions

In Colour is an album you could spend hours unpicking, discussing samples and references. Or you could slip on your headphones, and turn down the harsh call of the outside world.

84
Sputnikmusic

In a sentence, that’s why In Colour is so good: it remodels slabs of wax in a way that not only acknowledges but embraces the pop potential those snippets of sound have been denied for so long.

80
musicOMH
This is a cosmopolitan piece of work, a kind of Notting Hill Carnival record, where steel pans, UK garage, soul and funk freely mix, rubbing shoulders on the same dancefloor.
80
PopMatters

On the whole, In Color is a vibrant, warm distillation of Jamie xx’s genre-spanning influences, one which could easily result in a meteoric rise in his profile.

80
AllMusic

As it moves from reflective to engaging and back again, In Colour covers the entire spectrum of Jamie xx's music, delivering flashes of brilliance along the way.

80
DIY
Each shade on ‘In Colour’ is meant to represent the various strands to Jamie xx’s work, and it’s no surprise that this debut is a wildly varied introduction.
80
Rolling Stone
What Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" was to the hippie era, Jamie xx's solo debut is to British club culture: a wistful valentine conjuring a more innocent time.
80
FasterLouder
Jamie xx makes dance music to move you emotionally as much as physically
80
Complex

In Colour isn't only a necessary listen, but an important one too.

80
Loud and Quiet
Assured, polished, and precise, if we’ve learned anything over the last few years it’s that a little patience has only ever heightened Jamie xx’s brilliant understatement.
80
Clash
For the time being we have an emotive, emphatic and often joyous collection of music that plays equally for the head and the heart. A glorious, technicolour triumph.
80
The Guardian

Although In Colour flirts with being overly tasteful, it usually manages to stay just the right side of strange – much like the xx themselves.

80
Uncut

What In Colour reveals is the sheer scope of Smith’s skills as a songwriter and producer. The xx on ecstasy: not a bad idea at all.

80
NOW Magazine

In Colour is not so much about the past as it is a reaction to two-dimensional dance music in the present - a yearning for warmth, beauty and emotional connections.

75
A.V. Club
This is restrained, level-headed exploration of his inspirations, striking in its simplicity yet remarkably engaging.
70
Crack Magazine

If the aim was to establish himself as an individual performer of great talent, to send off the nervous shoe-gazing boy reputation – to efface his own self-effacement, maybe – In Colour is a great success.

70
God Is in the TV

His deft touch and subtle flourishes call to mind a by gone age in dance music when you were limited by technology and had to work around that to create something remarkable.

60
The 405
It seems that, rather than setting out to create a straight-up dance record, he's used the manifold stylistic languages of dance to make an easily-digestible electronic-pop record that's about dance music and Why we Dance.
60
Time Out London
‘In Colour’ is a fine album, but expecting songs as feisty as his DJ sets is a big mistake.
52
Resident Advisor
What we're left with is an uneven album that's rarely as profound or as meaningful as it tries to be.
May 22, 2015
doctorchair
98
Jamie xx's debut full length album is everything I wanted it to be and more. In Colour is a joyous carnival ride through space and crowded festivals and doesn't let up from beginning to end. Jamie xx has really outdone himself with this one, and it was definitely worth the wait.

Favorite songs: Seesaw, Loud Places, The Rest Is Noise
Aug 11, 2015
JustAReflektor
19
are you 6 years old? then you will love this album. lots of colours. so pretty!!!!!!!!!!
Jun 4, 2015
sidebyside
100
Jamie xx, as both a driving force behind The xx and his own electronic music career, has an instantly distinguishable tone. His music has a calming fluidity, it’s smoky and liquid, often creating tracks that in the hands of other producers could be overdriven bangers. Instead, he carves out meditative moments, dancehall music that you could dream and rave to at a high volume. It felt like a forgone conclusion that his debut solo album would be at worst a consistent effort, but now? ... read more
Jun 2, 2015
jpaps96
63
I mean...I guess it's good. I don't know. It really didn't do anything for me, it didn't sound much different than any other electronic music I've heard, it didn't sound exciting to be honest it was sorta boring. I guess there's an atmosphere here of just echo sounds if that's what gets you going. Young Thug's verse is the highlight of the album and the only thing that kept me from falling asleep from the repetitive echo and drum and bass that the rest of the album was. While being boring as ... read more
Sep 15, 2015*
sonicyouth
87
You can argue that this album is really simple... and you'd be right. Nothing on this album is changing how we percieve electronic music as it is, it's just meant to be a really fun and enjoyable album, and it is. As you can already guess, this album is really colorful. All the colors you see on the cover is essentially made into music, and while that sounds really cheesy, it's the truth. You'll never be bored with this album. Every second is filled with grooves, amazing vocal samples, and ... read more
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Track List
  1. Gosh
  2. Sleep Sound
  3. Seesaw [ft. Romy]
  4. Obvs
  5. Just Saying
  6. Stranger in a Room [ft. Oliver Sim]
  7. Hold Tight
  8. Loud Places [ft. Romy]
  9. I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times) [ft. Young Thug and Popcaan]
  10. The Rest Is Noise
  11. Girl


Added on: March 26, 2015