Young Turks

The xx – xx


Young Turks

The xx – xx


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xx is the debut album by English indie pop band the xx. xx was released in August 2009 by Young Turks, an imprint of XL Recordings, and received widespread acclaim from critics, many of whom named it one of the year's best albums. In 2010, the band won the Mercury Music Prize for the debut album.

Although the xx had been strongly influenced by R&B acts, their debut album drew comparisons from music critics to alternative rock, electronica, and post-punk sounds. The melancholic songs on xx have minimalist arrangements and are built around Smith's beats, Oliver Sim's basslines, and sparse guitar figures played by Baria Qureshi and Romy Madley Croft, who employed reverb in her lead guitar parts. Most of the songs were sung as low-key duets by Croft and Sim, both of whom wrote emotional lyrics about love, intimacy, loss, and desire. – Wiki

“The xx, four kids from the dubstep heartland of south London, have quietly set up an emotional squat in those spaces, with bedsit-delicate love songs. It’s strange that such a traditional set-up (drums, bass, keys, guitars, voices) has resulted in one of 2009’s most unique debuts. The praise can be laid at the door of the band themselves: synths-and-beats man Jamie Smith produced the album himself and they draw together eclectic materials from avant-garde hip-hop to R&B to pure pop.” – NME

In 2014, NME also called it “The Greatest Album of Our Times”. Read the article here.

“Young UK band influenced by modern R&B lands on the scene with a terrific debut, filled with seductive songs set to spare but effective arrangements. .. xx is nervy and self-contained, the product of a new band thinking a lot harder about topics-- sex, composition, volume-- than we are accustomed to new bands thinking. It is so fully formed and thoughtful that it feels like three or four lesser, noisier records should have preceded it. The xx didn't need a gestation period, though xx is nuanced, quiet, and surprising enough that you might.” - Pitchfork

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The xx




Young Turks


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Lo-Fi, Shoegaze, Indie Rock

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