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The xx: "I See You" Album Review

January 22, 2017

Photo via The xx

 

I remember listening to their self-titled debut album in 2009 and getting hooked immediately. This was during the time when indie music started to get popular around my generation. In 2012 the band came out with their second album, Coexist. In between The xx's four-year hiatus, Jamie Smith released his first solo album in 2015 called, In Colour. But now, the band is back to working on music together and recently released I See You. 

 

In I See You, the trio works its magic and intriguing set of artwork. The combination of indie-pop and dance music, with a mix of R&B, are all wrapped up in songs that are lustrous and captivating as they pull you in. Childhood friends turned band members reunite for their third studio collaboration. Romy Madley-Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith started their friendship at a young age and now the group is giving the world its best version and being comfortable in its own skin

 

In their most recent album, the band has grown up and, through their music, are showing their fans this progress. The opening song, "Dangerous", talks about how people will doubt their relationship, but they will be strong enough for each other, and will value the bond that has been built: “No one can take this away; should it all fall down, I'll treasure each day.” Relationships can be fragile, but they’re willing to be strong for each other: "I won't shy away, should it all fall down.”

 

Croft opens up about dealing with the death of her parents in “Brave For You”. She is willing to get out of her comfort zone and be courageous: “So I will be brave for you, stand on a stage for you, do the things that I’m afraid to do, I know you want me to, I will be brave.”

 

Destructive patterns are dealt with in “A Violent Noise”. The track addresses the late nights looking for answers out in the world and realizing you don’t need to run away to deal with your inner demons: “You’ve been staying out late trying your best to escape.”

 

A ray of topics continue from, not becoming a spitting image of their parents in “Replica”, and love in, “Say Something Loving”, which is embracing the relationship between Croft and Sim. The final song of the album, “Test Me“, reassures the group that their friendship is worth fighting for and together is where they are meant to be: "Test me, see if I stay, how could I walk the other way?"

 

With the release of I See You, the band will continue touring Europe and will have a North American tour starting in April at Coachella. To The xx: with your new album, we see you and we see you even more than ever before.

 

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