The xx - xx
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2009 Ratings: #14 / 825
Year End Rank: #6
User Score
Based on 625 ratings
2009 Ratings: #15
October 6, 2009 / Release Date
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Rough Trade / Label
The xx / Producer
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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.

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.


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

No Ripcord

xx is a fantastically innovative album, and this band is exploring new territory.

Consequence of Sound

In less than 40 minutes of music, The xx have managed to offer an unforgettable debut and an album that deserves recognition come time for 2009’s year-end lists.

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.


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

Coke Machine Glow

The xx’s penchant for concision lends this material some seriously refreshing clarity, but it’d be a mistake to confuse their relative minimalism for some kind of aesthetic singularity.

The Line of Best Fit

The band’s resounding achievement ... is to infuse their music with melancholy without letting it lose buoyancy.


xx is a thoroughly cohesive, moving and accessible album. This young band of Londoners exhibits a level of maturity, artistry and potential that far exceeds their years.


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.


It’s strange that such a traditional set-up (drums, bass, keys, guitars, voices) has resulted in one of 2009’s most unique debuts.

Beats Per Minute

The band isn’t playing catch-up against a nonexistent reputation; they expect the record to speak for itself. And it certainly does. Every song is catchy and immediately enjoyable while not noisy.

The Skinny

At its heart xx is a pop record, brimming with slow-burning melodies and occasional rousing choruses.

Rolling Stone

Four pouty kids from South London, barely out of their teens, the xx see nothing wrong with playing Timbaland or Jam and Lewis-style R&B with an indie band's chops.

The Guardian

The album will win many friends for its beautifully haunting, understated charms.

FACT Magazine

Listening to The xx’s debut album, it’s impossible not to be overcome by the sort of sublime sadness that feels like a rheumatoid ache in the heart area.

NOW Magazine

As overwrought as the lyrics are, the songs have an attractive, dreamy, atmospheric quality that helps the London band avoid embarrassing teen melancholy.

The Fly

The real stand-out factor ... comes in the shape of the sublime vocal partnership between best buds Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim who sing up a sultry storm throughout these eleven hugely atmospheric offerings, complimenting each other beautifully and providing a real focal point. Dark and majestic.

Jan 17, 2017
Incredible how this record is 'almost' 10 years old. Re-visited because of I See You and was a very enjoyable listen.
Oct 31, 2016
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.
Dec 25, 2016*
THIS is great songwriting. this album nails everything it tries to do. it's soft, it's subtle, it's romantic- and, at times- hopelessly infatuated. this album's subtlety is the strongest factor within it, proving an innocent, lighthearted sonic and conceptual victory with just enough hint of emotion that it lets you in without wallowing in any sort of themes. with its gender-swapping and hushed honesty, you'd think you were intruding on a conversation between the two. really great ... read more
Jan 12, 2017
Melhores: "Crystalised", "Heart Skipped A Beat", "Intro", "Islands"
Piores: "Night Time"
Jun 5, 2014
GOAT album!!! one of the best albums i've ever heard in my life.
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