xx (album)

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xx
Studio album by The xx
Released 17 August 2009
Recorded December 2008 – April 2009;
XL Studios (West London, England)
Genre Indie pop,[1] dream pop[2]
Length 38:34
Label Young Turks
Producer Jamie Smith
The xx chronology
xx
(2009)
Coexist
(2012)
Singles from xx
  1. "Crystalised"
    Released: 27 April 2009[3]
  2. "Basic Space"
    Released: 3 August 2009[4]
  3. "Islands"
    Released: 26 October 2009
  4. "VCR"
    Released: 24 January 2010
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 87/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
The A.V. Club A[7]
Robert Christgau A[8]
The Daily Telegraph 4/5 stars[9]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[10]
NME 8/10[11]
Pitchfork Media 8.7/10[12]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[13]
Slant Magazine 4.5/5 stars[14]
The Times 4/5 stars[15]

xx is the debut studio album by English indie pop group The xx, released on 17 August 2009 by Young Turks.[16] The self-produced album was recorded at XL Studios in West London between December 2008 and April 2009.

Upon its release, xx received acclaim from music critics, and it was subsequently included in several publications' year-end lists. In 2010, it was awarded the Mercury Prize.[17] xx spent over 100 weeks on the UK Albums Chart,[18] and was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).[19] As of September 2011, the album had sold 405,000 copies in the UK.[20]

Critical reception[edit]

xx received universal acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 87, based on 25 reviews.[5] Music critics noted elements of post-punk, indie pop and R&B in the album's music.[6][12][14][15][21]

Accolades[edit]

xx rated highly in several publications' lists of the best albums of 2009. It was placed at number two on NME's 2009 albums of the year poll,[22] and won XFM's New Music Award 2010.[23] FACT magazine named xx the best album of 2009 and the fifty-third best album of the 2000–09 decade.[24][25] It ranked fourth on the Chicago Tribune's list of the twenty best albums of 2009.[26] Pitchfork Media listed it as the third best album of 2009.[27] In addition, The Guardian named it as 2009's top album of their Top 50 Critics Poll.[28]

The album won the 2010 Mercury Prize, the annual music prize awarded for the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland.[17]

Usage in media[edit]

The song "Intro" was used during NBC's coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games,[29] and the BBC's coverage of the 2010 United Kingdom general election.[30] It was also sampled by recording artist Rihanna for her song "Drunk on Love", from her 2011 album Talk That Talk.[31]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim, except where noted, all music composed by Madley Croft, Sim, Jamie Smith and Baria Qureshi, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Intro"   2:07
2. "VCR"   2:57
3. "Crystalised"   3:21
4. "Islands"   2:40
5. "Heart Skipped a Beat"   4:02
6. "Fantasy" (lyrics by Sim) 2:38
7. "Shelter" (lyrics by Croft; music by Croft, Sim and Smith) 4:30
8. "Basic Space"   3:08
9. "Infinity"   5:13
10. "Night Time"   3:36
11. "Stars"   4:22

Personnel[edit]

Credits for xx adapted from liner notes.[34]

The xx
  • The xx – design, photography
  • Romy Madley Croft – vocals, guitar
  • Oliver Sim – vocals, bass
  • Jamie Smith – beats, mixing, MPC, producer
  • Baria Qureshi – guitar, keyboards
Additional
  • Phil Lee – art direction, design
  • Rodaidh McDonald – engineer, mixing
  • Nilesh Patel – mastering

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
Australia Gold[64]
Belgium Gold[65]
Canada Gold[66]
Germany Gold[67]
United Kingdom Platinum[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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