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I See You

The xx

2017

I See You
Album Summary

I See You is the third studio album by English indie pop band the xx. It was released on 13 January 2017 by the Young Turks record label. It was the band's first album in more than four years, following 2012's Coexist. The xx began recording I See You in 2014 at Marfa Recording Co. in Marfa, Texas, and were assisted by producer Rodaidh McDonald. According to the band, they had a more progressive, wide-ranging musical concept in mind, compared to their previous two albums. Jamie xx, the band's multi-instrumentalist and producer, said the album's sound and aesthetic were influenced by his 2015 club-influenced solo recording, In Colour. I See You was released to widespread critical acclaim, with many reviewers finding its music less insular than the xx's previous recordings. It became the band's second number-one album in the United Kingdom and an international top-ten chart success. Four singles were released to promote the album, beginning with "On Hold", while the xx embarked on the European I See You Tour and subsequent concerts in the Americas.

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Indie

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Sun Aug 06 2023
3

Remember when this dropped as the first post-"In Colour" xx release and it was immediately clear how Jamie was doing 90% of the heavy lifting for the band's musical output. The move toward greater sample usage meant the songs felt fresh, kinetic, and a bit more inspired than those of the band's previous output, and several of these tracks ended up in my heavy rotation. Looking back, however, it almost feels like this could've been "In Colour 2" and almost suffers for the other band members being there. Romy at least has some great solo moments that feel heartfelt and genuine, but Oliver feels kinda like he's just there to provide the obligatory male vocal and maybe play a cool bass line before going back to playing the root for every single bar. The project had clearly transcended both of them by this point and this one feels almost like an awkward goodbye in recognition of that, especially since everyone went their separate ways following its release. Regardless, it's by far the xx's best album and has some stellar standout tracks.

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Sun Aug 06 2023
3

Not unpleasant but somehow boring.

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Sat Oct 21 2023
2

This was marginally better than their first two albums. The music utilized sampling very well and created a nice quasi club-like atmosphere. The musicianship was all fine but the album sounds like it should have been released about five years prior. The vocals are just dreadful though. The male voice was better on this album, but I just cannot stand the female voice. There's a fake soul-like quality to it that is just grating and thin sounding. The affection in general is just puzzling and there is an occasional awkwardness to syllabic placement. There are so many indie bands from this period who are more original and are much more deserving of a place on this list.

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Tue Nov 21 2023
2

Third album by The xx (formerly The twittertwitter). Modern production fails to disguise a lack of quality songwriting. Rating: 1.5/5 Playlist track: A Violent Noise Date listened: 20/11/23

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Wed Aug 30 2023
5

didnt expect to be that good. loved that kinda sweet trip touch and pop/electric genre. 9.5/10

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Mon Oct 02 2023
5

Another superb album by The xx, I have no words to describe how this band always impacts me.

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Wed Oct 18 2023
5

Great stuff. Was a big fan, still am.

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Thu Oct 19 2023
5

This was great! I especially loved the lyricism.

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Tue Nov 07 2023
5

So cool, some of my favorite songs, great production

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Mon Nov 20 2023
5

Jamie's rhythms and beautiful sounds, Romy's and Sim's gorgious voices are once again an immense joy to hear.

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Thu Nov 30 2023
5

Having known Jamie XX for a little bit I never made the connection that he would be from this band. Honestly this album blew me away in how much it vibes and flows into itself. An album that feels like it was made for late night driving. Not an album for every moment but when this album clicks it's exactly what you need.

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Sun Aug 06 2023
4

Rather typical 2010s movie/TV series BGM. Add a star for I Dare You

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Thu Aug 10 2023
4

Solid album. I've never heard of this band before yesterday. The two vocalists do an excellent job.

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Fri Aug 18 2023
4

the xx at their best. Best track: I Dare You

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Sat Aug 19 2023
4

Very enjoyable. It sounds very different to their classic debut album, but not in a bad way. They're able to still sound like the same band but explore some more upbeat songs and ideas

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Wed Aug 23 2023
4

8/10. Pleasantly surprised by a solid 2010s pick. I didn't realize "On Hold" had a good album to back it up, and in fact I liked some of the other songs a fair bit more.

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Thu Aug 24 2023
4

Really enjoyable. I’ve listened to some of The XX before, but didn’t realize how mellow their other songs were. 7/10.

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Wed Aug 30 2023
4

Yeah not bad, not normally my thing but I liked it. Favourite was that one I'd already heard, though; Dangerous

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Thu Sep 07 2023
4

I do like this album and it's definitely got that XX style but it feels like the structure has become much more generic and sounds similar to a lot of other stuff. The vocals and lyrics are definitely them but feels like they lost a bit of what made the XX so original and good in places.

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Thu Sep 07 2023
4

Delicate and Powerful, this has a more mature feel to it compared to their previous albums. Dangerous is an absolute banger.

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Fri Sep 15 2023
4

Sterkt, men når ikke opp i katalogen.

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Wed Sep 20 2023
4

One of the stronger 2010s albums on this list. Really nice unique sound. 8/10.

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Mon Oct 09 2023
4

Another album that I wouldn’t pull first but for a day of listening, this should be on the stack.

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Tue Oct 17 2023
4

Rimelig lækker moderne elektronisk indie pop

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Wed Oct 18 2023
4

Most of The xx sounds like two estranged lovers singing over the phone, their faces tear-stained, their choked sobs off-mike. This was a nice collection of that evocative sound.

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Fri Oct 20 2023
4

I like this. It feels new and experimental and fun. Very cool. Shame they only have three albums, currently. 4/5

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Sun Oct 22 2023
4

Nice chill music with male and female vocals. I like this a lot. Nice to play with a date 4

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Sun Oct 22 2023
4

Love the instrumentals and vocals

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Thu Oct 26 2023
4

2nd xx album, and now we'll have a moment of silence; for both have been removed by the latest edition, like everything by Adele & Kings of Leon :( After “Dangerous”, I was ready for things to get *funky* yet they stayed relatively xx-brand melancholic in subsequent songs. I’m not knocking I See You for that, I enjoyed it about as much as their last record. The samples here are pretty creative (who knew that was Hall & Oates in “Hold On”), and overall it’s a sunnier vibe than their wintery debut. The polished gleam coming off these songs (& the album cover) won’t be to everyone’s taste but what is? HL: “Dangerous”, “Say Something Loving”, “Replica”, “Brave for You”, “On Hold”

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Fri Oct 27 2023
4

I’ve listened to The xx previously, but hadn’t heard I See You until now. This album was a chill start to my morning. My favorite tracks were “Dangerous” and “A Violent Noise.”

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Mon Oct 30 2023
4

The xx have some of the best-produced albums in indie music today. Just immaculate. By this album, The xx had well-established their melancholy, sexy, bedroom-lights-dimmed-low style but I love how "I See You" also feels colorful, particularly in the opening tracks. They use samples and mix in elements of dance music for some incredible, addictive songs. I love when the vocal sample comes in on "On Hold." I can't get enough of that. "Say Something Loving" is another great song that uses a vocal sample in an interesting way. I'm not sure I've heard another band slip in a sample like this to enrich the emotions of the song. And the lyrics about allowing yourself to be vulnerable enough to accept love are heartbreaking and beautiful. The vocals on this song (and every other song on the album) are fantastic. I love the male-female back-and-forth between Oliver Sim and Romy. It's part of The xx's signature sound and it makes every song feel so intimate and sexy. I particularly like Romy's vocals. She's got a solo album that came out recently that I've been obsessed with. "A Violent Noise" is a fascinating track. It's a sad song about going out with friends and dancing in the club but still feeling a lingering sadness (presumably from a breakup). The music captures the feeling perfectly. It sounds like it takes place within a club but doesn't actually feel like club music. It's the sound of being lonely in a crowd. Excellent album. I had it on repeat all weekend. 4.5

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Wed Nov 01 2023
4

Did not like it when it came out. Good songwriting and excellent production. Romy’s vocals is it’s weakest point, at points tarnishing the product quite a lot.

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Tue Nov 21 2023
4

Very different from other xx albums but super good with awesome vocals. 4-4.5

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Thu Nov 23 2023
4

Liked it enough to add it to my albums! Good stuff!

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Fri Nov 24 2023
4

This is one of those albums that I didn't care for at first but as I listened more, it grew on me. A very chill electronic indie, rock anthem with glimpses of drone at times. This is possibly one of the youngest albums on this list, as it was released less than 10 years ago, yet I feel like it's inclusion in this list is well warranted. The mixing of the album really makes it good studying and working music. Not necessarily the best in all occasions, but no song, and no album is applicable to all of life's situations. Yet this is a well crafted album, emblematic of its genre and pleasing to the ears. Fave songs: Dangerous Brave For you Performance

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Sun Nov 26 2023
4

I’ve never heard a duet album before. It’s pretty good. It feels like they are singing about each other. It works. The beats are all really good. It didn’t give me chills or anything but it was enjoyable. The first song of the album is still my favorite.

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Mon Nov 27 2023
4

Better then I thought it would be. There are some really cool tracks that I would almost call hits.

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Mon Dec 04 2023
4

Not heard of these before. Very nice album. Really well produced and arranged. The vocals and the pacing are very good too. At times it like a more indie version of Blue States

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Tue Aug 08 2023
3

I feel like this fails to have the same impact on me as the original xx album.

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Sun Aug 13 2023
3

Never really gave this band a fair shake and while I did enjoy parts of this I found it a little one-note and drawn out.

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Sun Aug 13 2023
3

Didn’t really find this interesting some vaguely pleasant stuff tho

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Fri Aug 18 2023
3

A very okay pop album. I felt mild satisfaction during it.

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Wed Aug 23 2023
3

They’ve certainly honed in on their target sound. 6/10

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Thu Aug 24 2023
3

The xx are pretty good. I have no idea why this album was deemed more culturally significant than their previous albums that really defined them.

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Sun Aug 27 2023
3

Their debut album is so good and it will be so hard for them to make anyhting else as good. It's a very difficult task. I don't think they lost the fight here on this album, but it lacks something. Not very mystic, nor mysterious. They try go in this direction, but I personally think they should make some slight changes in their style.

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Thu Sep 07 2023
3

I'm not sure I'd ever listened to this in full! But it was a good listen, a lot more optimistic than their second album right? I enjoyed listening to it but I don't think the XX is my bag completely, doesn't always put you in a good mood but definitely apt on certain occasions

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Fri Sep 08 2023
3

Best Song: I Dare You. Feels like the most similar to their earlier work. Worst Song: Brave For You. Melodramatic and emotionally overwrought. I find their schtick more enjoyable when it's more subtle and subdued. Overall: Not as good as their earlier stuff, which I'm more familiar with. This feels like more standard indie pop. Nevertheless, the interplay of their two voice timbres is always nice.

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Sun Sep 10 2023
3

This just isn't my thing. I can understand why people would like it.

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Mon Sep 11 2023
3

Yeah, very 'nice'. Calming and that...

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Mon Sep 18 2023
3

Kakkosen ja kolmosen välis. Annetaan nyt kolmonen, en tiedä pitäiskö.

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Wed Sep 20 2023
3

This is another group I had never heard before, and I'll likely never hear again. The album wasn't bad and it wasn't good, ultimately falling into the unremarkable, forgettable, middle of the bell curve that represents my ratings on the 1001.

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Fri Sep 22 2023
3

Prettig, maar ook een beetje zouteloos.

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Fri Sep 22 2023
3

Heel fijne vibe weeten die XXen te creeren.

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Fri Sep 22 2023
3

Dit vond ik wel lekker catchy

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Fri Sep 22 2023
3

Zoals al vaker gezegd hier; dat andere plaatje van deze lui is beter. In dit geval nòg iets beter, want dit is ook al behoorlijk tof.

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Thu Sep 28 2023
3

Not exactly my favorite style of music, but for what it is it's very well done. It has a nice feel to it. 3 stars.

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Mon Oct 02 2023
3

It lacks the outright excellence of their debut, and honestly drags a bit by the end... but the intelligent craft of it still makes it a pretty solid experience. I just can't help but feel a tad disappointed.

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Fri Oct 06 2023
3

Saw them live few years ago so was familiar with this album. Not bad, 3 songs I like the rest I don’t mind.

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Sat Oct 14 2023
3

I’ve been looking forward to getting an album by The xx because in the contexts I’d heard about them, I had a feeling I’d like them. I was surprised this was billed as alternative because it seems like straight pop to me. While I found it pleasant and inoffensive overall, it didn’t really do anything for me. I would give them a chance on another album, but I doubt I’d listen to this one again.

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Sun Oct 15 2023
3

Fine. Clearly British favoritism here.

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Mon Oct 16 2023
3

I See You is the third album by English indie pop band the xx - their first in over four years. The music on this album is progressive and wide-ranging, making it more accessible to the general population than their first two albums. Released to critical acclaim, this album was the No.1 album in the UK, No.2 in the US, and reached the top 10's on many charts worldwide. It has been certified gold in the UK. I love this band and am shocked I did not know about their third album. This was a pleasant surprise for me to listen to this album for the first time. The xx did a great job of evolving their music for this album without subtracting from the intimate style they're known for. Please give this album and the previous two albums from the xx a listen, because they're amazing.

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Mon Oct 16 2023
3

Never heard of them, but I kind of like it actually.

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Thu Oct 19 2023
3

eh it's fine I don't think they've ever been for me but a pretty cool atmosphere building, just not an atmosphere I care for

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Thu Oct 19 2023
3

Quite pleasant in a dreamy sort of way, but doesn't excite me.

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Fri Oct 20 2023
3

Nothing too special about this album. I think there are better songs by the xx. I think overall their 2009 album xx is better and has more iconic songs. I do like modern music and how full the sound is with the electronic instruments and mixing

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Fri Oct 20 2023
3

I had a hard time placing this one on my musical map. Alternative? Easy listening? Electronic? Duet? Slower pace than expected for sure. Kept expecting the bass to drop but it never really did. Might grow on me if I listened more times but not sure if I will. Three stars.

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Fri Oct 20 2023
3

It reminded me of the early 2000s indie EDM genera like Chvrchs or something else in the genera. I give it a solid OK!

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Tue Oct 24 2023
3

Not aware of this album (or band), so I had no expectations before listening. A Chill, cool record that isn't flashy or in your face and it's a good solid pop record. Not sure how this would be categorized, but I'm a sucker for co-ed vocals and it was an easy and somewhat relaxing listen. Actually, listened twice, once in the afternoon and later at night and it's enjoyable either way. Essential, probably not, but not a waste of time.

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Wed Oct 25 2023
3

Somehow slow and one dimensional, but at the same time it’s not actually bad and is somewhat enjoyable at times

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Thu Oct 26 2023
3

This was a little too experimental for my personal taste. Nice production value, but too many tracks just sounded like someone tossed a bunch of samples from a random noise generator together and hoped to produce something unique. It was... unique, but not particularly inspiring.

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Fri Oct 27 2023
3

Their third album proves two things: dance pop can have true emotion, and that just because your first album nailed it doesn't mean you can't hit a different target square in the middle. Romy is captivating as always, and Jamie's production has continued to evolve, better capturing both bigger rock and more soulful electronic elements. What really strikes me is the continuity of the album. While this sometimes negates the element of surprise I think it shows a mastery many who try to make music in this space fail to achieve. Personal highlights are "say something loving", "violent noise", "performance".

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Fri Oct 27 2023
3

Still lovely, with bigger, deeper beats and stronger vocals from Oliver (Romy's remain delicate, charming and beautiful). Very good progression, but I'm going to give three stars since it doesn't have the wow and newness that stunned me with their debut.

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Sun Oct 29 2023
3

Think the voices complement each others very well to give quite a calming sound. Good album overall but abit basic, kind of sounds like 1975

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Mon Oct 30 2023
3

Great album by a great band. I love the vibe, the energy, the inherent coolness that runs throughout. The vocals feel more present in this album. I don't know if that's just an evolution of their production style over the years, but I think it's a good choice. The balance of their mix is a standout feature of theirs that I really tend to agree with often. I am holding out hope to hear their self titled album on this list as well.

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Tue Oct 31 2023
3

Some nice electro pop. But sadly rather uneven.

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Wed Nov 01 2023
3

Da hora, me lembra uma sexta feira que eu agitaria a galera pra ir na Pixel. Muito música de baladinha indie. Gostei da energia. Depois virou uma música tranquilinha, que parece ter naqueles cortes de cenas de filmes de romance, uma chuvinha, e essas músicas no fundo. Legalzinho.

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Sun Nov 05 2023
3

Good background music Heard it done better, but also a lot worse.

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Thu Nov 09 2023
3

Each year's indie-club record comes roaring in with some kind of character. The xx do it interestingly here, with horns shuttling us from Sinatra (providentially, in list terms), and remembered songs dispersed and somewhat grayed. That suits the record well, the strange loss of bombast from singles-in-memory. Most indie-club producers don't bother adding the depth which Jamie did here.

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Thu Nov 16 2023
3

I mean sure? Let's throw Bastille and the 1975 in there too. Who else you got in England that puts pop and dance, and maybe rock together? At least I've heard of the other two bands. I'm not sure what makes this album (or this band) special. Especially because this was their third album and is pretty late in the game as far as this genre goes. So I'm not sure what makes it groundbreaking. Their sound is easy on the ears but it's not overly complex or impressive in its composition. Meh.

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Fri Nov 17 2023
3

I'm confused with this entry, as there's no reference in the 1001 book or even the ex-1001 list. So I'm unsure why it's on this website. 🤷 As for the album itself, I enjoyed it, it's subtly sublime. Though I preferred The xx's first album (which was previously listed in the book, now an ex-1001, or "xx-1001" for the dads in the room 🤦).

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Fri Nov 17 2023
3

Pretty solid for a pop act and an indie act. I had low hopes but this was actually pretty good.

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