The xx

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The xx

Postby Aleril » Fri Apr 23, 2010 6:45 am UTC



(Click the attachment for their main website)

I don't like to rely on music critics to choose what to listen to, but I had heard almost unanimous praise on this English band's first LP. I was also surprised to find out they are all around my age (19-20). I find their sound crisp and refined, and every song is unique yet everything flows together very neatly. I just got tickets to see them a few days ago, and they seem to be like they would be great live.

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Crystallized: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pib8eYDSFEI
Crystallized (Acoustic): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cK_EviAzx_Q
Islands: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2jmPoUK58s
Islands (Live): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqIcF2hpHWY

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Re: The xx

Postby charliepanayi » Fri Apr 23, 2010 7:56 am UTC

While I don't think their debut is flat-out amazing, I think it is very promising and it's excellent in places. It has a nice minimalistic feel to it, and I'm a sucker for acts with shared/alternating male and female vocals (see also: Low, Galaxie 500, The Delgados). I'll be interested to see where they go from here.

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Re: The xx

Postby Dasboard » Fri Apr 23, 2010 2:31 pm UTC

I don't know really. They're okay but I don't really find the music interesting enough.

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Re: The xx

Postby SirHoundalot » Sat Apr 24, 2010 6:28 pm UTC

I think they're ace. The XX and Fever Ray are easily my stand-out new artists from 2009. I'm very pleased to be seeing them both live at Bestival this Spetember :D
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Re: The xx

Postby Warpath » Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:52 pm UTC

The dude on the keyboards certainly looks like he's 20.

Never heard of these guys, though. Maybe I'll give em a gander.

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Re: The xx

Postby bigglesworth » Sat May 08, 2010 6:44 pm UTC

Damn, this is good stuff. Might pick it up some time.
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Re: The xx

Postby TheKrikkitWars » Fri May 28, 2010 9:06 am UTC

It's nice enough, but a bit bland really; I'd consider using it as part of a soundtrack but wouldn't listen to it by choice.
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Re: The xx

Postby Sasha » Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:32 pm UTC

They show promise, but they're not really what I like to listen to. Maybe a bit more bass and whatnot?
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Re: The xx

Postby CosmicFugue » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:04 pm UTC

I heard of these guys when I read that they'll be touring with Zola Jesus (whom I like very much) and Warpaint (also a band I like). I suppose I should check these guys out now.

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Re: The xx

Postby bigglesworth » Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:27 am UTC

So, the eponymous album is indeed pretty good.
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Re: The xx

Postby picnic_crossfire » Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:05 am UTC

Check out their cover of Florence and the Machine's You've Got the Love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg2jixe9PW0
It's one of my favorite xx tracks.
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Re: The xx

Postby Zanmanoodle » Mon Aug 02, 2010 5:28 am UTC

TheKrikkitWars wrote:It's nice enough, but a bit bland really; I'd consider using it as part of a soundtrack but wouldn't listen to it by choice.


This pretty much. I hear Crystallized on the radio pretty often, and it just lacks... energy. And I need energy.

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Re: The xx

Postby charliepanayi » Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:07 am UTC

Zanmanoodle wrote:
TheKrikkitWars wrote:It's nice enough, but a bit bland really; I'd consider using it as part of a soundtrack but wouldn't listen to it by choice.


This pretty much. I hear Crystallized on the radio pretty often, and it just lacks... energy. And I need energy.


Crystallised is as energetic as their songs get.

I really can't wait to see where they go next, and I hope the hype doesn't crush them.
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