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I See You

The xx

I See You

Third album of indie rock / dream pop from the London trio recorded in LA and Iceland and produced by Jamie xx and Rodaidh McDonald

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  1. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    The most eclectic, multidimensional, and ambitious album of The xx’s young career
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  2. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    A calculated, but deeply exciting creative leap forward
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  3. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Building off Jamie xx's In Colour, the xx have at last escaped from their own self-imposed limitations
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  4. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    The xx have taken in all the experiences and lessons they have learned since their breakthrough and come up with their most adventurous and quietly uplifting release to date
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  5. 9.0 |   Clash

    It’s intimate and minimal, sure, but also expansive when it needs to be, switching twilight hues for something a little brighter
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  6. 9.0 |   Mixmag

    The xx have undergone a gentle makeover, but what lies at their heart remains the same
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  7. 8.6 |   Earbuddy

    This is some of the band’s best writing to date, and Jamie amplifies the soul of I See You via his choice of samples and textures
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  8. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Perhaps it's their particular use of reverb or their consistently jarring words, but after eight years as a band, The xx still expertly know how to take you on an emotional joyride
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  9. 8.4 |   Pitchfork

    Attempts to incorporate everyone’s talents into a new version of their sound, one true to their roots but richer and more varied
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  10. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The revamped London trio trades awkwardness and anxiety for ambition
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  11. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The xx have expanded their horizons without sacrificing any of the emotional intimacy that makes them one of the most compelling acts around
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  12. 8.0 |   Mojo

    More nuanced and upbeat than their previous records but, perhaps shrewdly, it enhances their blueprint rather than completely redrawing it
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  13. 8.0 |   The FT

    A deft evolution in the band’s sound, with songs layered with slow-motion bass and spidery guitar beats
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  14. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The xx have come out of their shell for their least insular album yet – but don’t expect Justin Bieber
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  15. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Jamie Smith has picked up a few new tricks as a solo artist, not to mention a Mercury Prize nomination of his own, and fuels I See You with the vibrant energy he brought to his album In Colour
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  16. 8.0 |   NME

    Fragility and self-doubt are still themes. Indeed, the highlight is Romy’s pensive, vulnerable ballad ‘Performance’
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  17. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Finds the xx illustrating the challenges of love and heartache through a vibrant new sonic palette
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  18. 8.0 |   All Music

    I See You is some of their most captivating music since their debut
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  19. 8.0 |   DIY

    An album that puts the trio’s shy status under the microscope
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  20. 8.0 |   Gig Soup

    With their third full-length album, I See You, London’s trio The xx have managed to kick off 2017 with more vibrancy, heart and poetic fusions, whilst maintaining an undoubtedly individual presence in the music industry
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  21. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    They are still the same black-clothed wearing awkward Londoners but this time they’re fishing in a bigger pond
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  22. 8.0 |   NOW

    The xx have always been concise pop songwriters, but now they seem interested in approaching the gates of pop nirvana
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  23. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    It’s always been about teamwork with The xx, but never before have they embraced the potential of their respective strengths like this
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  24. 8.0 |   Onlike

    Definitely a return to form
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  25. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    For perhaps the first time, Sim and Romy sound comfortable in their dual 'frontpeople' roles, bringing a swagger and performance to their music which in its place used to be intimacy and charming timidness
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  26. 8.0 |   Q

    Everything is turned up - not to 11, of course - but certainly to beyond a whisper. Print edition only

  27. 8.0 |   State

    I See You is the strongest xx-related project since their debut, a creative solution to what could have been a sonic dead-end
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  28. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    There is a whole lot more sparkle in the high frequencies, and a lot more dance music drive
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  29. 8.0 |   Beardfood

    Once again it’s all about that unmatched gloomy atmosphere, restraint, and those beautifully understated voices
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  30. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Even On Hold’s cheesy Hall & Oates sample can’t conceal the underlying minor-key mood of this glorious comeback
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  31. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    While the album still revolves around Madley-Croft and Sim’s intimate vocals and the kind of distinctive Madley-Croft guitar lines that pop artists spent much of last year ripping off, I See You is noticeably more sample-driven than its predecessors
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  32. 7.2 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    I See You is a pleasant enough listen, and in embracing Smith’s more hot-blooded production, the xx have avoided becoming stuck in a rut a second time
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  33. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    The xx is something greater than originally anticipated
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  34. 7.0 |   The 405

    The album becomes a document of progress that sometimes loses the emotional and tactile clarity of xx and Coexist
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  35. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The xx have never been so unguarded, either emotionally or in their musical ambitions. The result is as haunting as ever
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  36. 7.0 |   The Music

    The xx come at us with a fresh new sound but, more than ever, their music has less to do with chromosomes and delivers two gentle kisses onto listeners' cheeks
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  37. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    I See You points the way forward for The xx, who sound like they've finally seen the light.
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  38. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Rather than recoil into the shadows, the album sees the London three-piece fully exposed as they step out of the darkness and into the light, reflecting life’s lessons with a radical new sound that works to varying effect
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  39. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The xx’s heavily hinted-at pop confidence has arrived, to frequently exhilarating and occasionally deflating effect
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  40. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    The xx walk the line between groove and silence on I See You
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  41. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    The xx take a confident and assertive step forward on their third album, but run into a few growing pains along the way
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  42. 3.0 |   Crack

    Self-conscious, insincere melodrama reigns on I See You, and those pressured silences that were once The xx’s trademark have lost their power
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