Nothing left to take away.

First three adjectives that come to mind when listening to this album:

Three favorite songs on album:
Heart Skipped A Beat
Basic Space

XX by The xx reminds me of a quote I once had plastered on my wall. "A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." (Antoine de Saint Exupéry) In light of the quote, The xx, in my mind, has successfully achieved perfection.

Negative space, purposeful hesitation, simplicity and raw awkward understated talent are what make this album brilliant. Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith have birthed a masterful and original debut.

XX is an album full of consistent, morose, and delicate synth pop melodies. Aspects of The Cure and Radiohead can be found throughout. The vocals slither smoothly back and forth between Romy and Oliver. Their honey dripped words are intertwined and focused on joint romantic introspection.

Another key aspect of The xx is Jamie Smith, providing the diligent, precise and fluid drum beats and synth tracks in addition to producing and mixing the album with just the right amount of restraint.

Album design:
Album art matches the music perfectly. It's a simple, yet clean, black and white scheme with abstract images and lyrics on the inset.

Also, the album has a die cut of an x, where the white of the album cover shows though to make a negative space x. Die cuts on albums are a rare breed. Thus, two thumbs up for that alone.

Next Up:
Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster (2009)


  1. I got this one a month or so ago, and I'm kind of lost for a way to discuss it. I mean, eventually I'll review it over at Genre Confusion, but it hasn't left much of an impression on me. What am I missing?

  2. My personal opinion is that it's brillant because of how minimalist it is. In addition to that, it's fresh, at least for the current music situation, yet a throwback to the past (80's synth). Try listening to it on a rainy day. That helps.

  3. I did try that. And it did work. You will be credited in my review, whenever I get down that far on the alphabet. :)

  4. Ah, glad you were able to get into it a little bit! I'll def check out the review when you get to your X's.