Monday, 23 January 2017

The xx

I think Pitchfork get it spot on with their review of The xx's latest album I See You.

When I heard lead single On Hold at the end of last year it didn't blow me away, but hearing it afresh as part of the record as a whole it makes perfect sense. The cheeky Hall & Oates sample, along with Say Something Loving's use of The Alessi Brothers and the horn stabs that kick off Dangerous, adds colour and freshness to the classic xx sound and bring it closer in line with Jamie xx's solo work.

The added variety in sound make for a more interesting listen than their two previous albums and, as always, Jamie's production is of the highest class. It's sure to be a contender for album of the year come December.

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