The xx - I See You
Jan 13, 2017 (updated Jan 13, 2017)
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The xx's new album sees the band developing their sound with Jamie xx's electronic chops up front as the pivotal point. I See You is a much more mature and forward-looking work in comparison to their stagnant sophomore record, and some of the boldest cuts in the first half prove the point. By stepping out of the incredibly comfortable direction followed by the band in their previous album, The xx reach a new level of strenght here with some well-written songs that predominantly carry out that endlessly melancholic lyricism they're known for, but also widen their ideas a bit more - one can't help but feel that this improvement comes from Jamie xx's flexible production style and from his increased relevance in the album as a whole. While the vocals can still be pointed as some of the effort's bigger issues, it's almost pointless to drive blind criticism upon this fact, while we get a very simple, but interesting album with its fair share of ups and downs, and above all, one with a clear sense of human-like emotion.
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