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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

ADM rating[?]

7.8

Label
Young Turks
UK Release date
13/01/2017
US Release date
13/01/2017
  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 |   music OMH

    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. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The revamped London trio trades awkwardness and anxiety for ambition
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  10. 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. Print edition only

  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 8.0 |   NME

    Fragility and self-doubt are still themes. Indeed, the highlight is Romy’s pensive, vulnerable ballad ‘Performance’
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  16. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Finds the xx illustrating the challenges of love and heartache through a vibrant new sonic palette
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  17. 8.0 |   All Music

    I See You is some of their most captivating music since their debut
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  18. 8.0 |   DIY

    An album that puts the trio’s shy status under the microscope
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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 8.0 |   Onlike

    Definitely a return to form
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  24. 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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  25. 8.0 |   Q

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

  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 8.0 |   Beardfood

    Once again it’s all about that unmatched gloomy atmosphere, restraint, and those beautifully understated voices
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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    The xx is something greater than originally anticipated
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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    The xx walk the line between groove and silence on I See You
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  40. 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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  41. 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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