The xx - I See You
Jan 12, 2017
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My favorite of their albums. As cliché as Jamie's songwriting can be, I love the nocturnal, introverted-dance tone he can pull off. On Hold still sucks, and wasn't a good representation of the album. The music is still "minimal cool-kid" music, but with much more adventurous beats, as compared to their other albums. The lyrics are pretty two-dimensional, but that's never been a strong suit of theirs, nor the main thing to focus on in their music. Romy and Oliver's vocals are the most complimentary to each other they've ever been. For once, the vocals feel like an organic dialogue and not "okay I sing a verse and then you sing a verse and then we'll both sing the chorus" like on their other stuff. Overall, I'm pleasantly surprised. It has a soft-hearted energy to it. It's predictably a quiet record, but the energy is in the production, the tone it aspires to instill in the listener, and how in-step all three of them sound with each other.

Favorite Tracks: A Violent Noise, Replica, Lips, Say Something Loving, Test Me

Least Favorite: On Hold, I Dare You
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