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NEW SONG U GUYZ
undecided on the rest
Why couldn't they just be an instrumental band?
how nice are those little snare rolls too
cant wait for the album
Not exactly *single* material is it
Jokes. Sounding good, can't really it as a single. Excited to hear it within the context of the album sounds like more of an intro than anything...
Very nice and sparse, almost like a demo that was never quite finished. This is much the same; pretty pleasant, a sweet sentiment to the vocals, some interesting hints at something *about* to happen, no real pay off.
I'm just not sure they're for me. But hey, one less person to scramble to buy tickets for the upcoming tour, right?
was exactly how I felt about their first album, and then I got really into slowcore and now it sounds much better.
it finished, and it felt like it shouldn't have, because maybe something else could have happened.
nice enough, but is nice enough?
sometimes it's nice to have that sparseness when compared to, say the bombast of animal collective or loads of others (who are also great obviously)
i'm not sure i'd really wanna see the xx live though
I mean, I guess they already were on that path. But releasing an album with another sparse 'X' cover? It just smacks of some PR guy behind it saying "the X will be our worldwide calling card, people will see it and automatically recognise it as an xx album".
Haven't heard the track but it kind of seems irrelevent to me now.
Their online store? Everything has it. Skateboards.
Listen to the song though.
I predicted that the next would be black 'X' on a white background.
mushroomhead did it five years ago
at least they didn't self title the second album as well.
without having talked about a gay relationship? Incredible
Jamie Smith is a brilliant producer who can't write songs for shit.
Maybe the most overrated band of the past year or whatever. Proof that so called hip people telling people that they should like a band produces results. Sorry to sound like a cynic but they are truly poor. I tried my best with the album and don't think I ever got to the end. I concluded it had one half decent song on it and loads of boring variations of that song.
Alt-J are everything that the XX aren't btw
Also, saying "Proof that so called hip people telling people that they should like a band produces results" makes you sound like a twat. An utter twat.
Have faith that people like what they like. And I like The xx.
I want to say "each to their own" and so forth but I genuinely don't understand why people don't listen to something interesting instead.
I suppose I get sometimes people just want some vague undemanding background noise to do housework to or whatever but, even then, surely better options exist?
I like the calm and quiet of The xx. Nothing wrong with that.
It's listening to tediously boring music that I find a strange choice.
is that whilst, with 99.9999999999999% of all bands these things come down to opinion, the xx are in that rare 00.0000000000001% of bands who are actually factually, objectively and, - so far as is capable within skeptical empiricism to prove anything beyond doubt - empirically tedious as fuck. Obviously usually people can think what they like but this is one of the few cases where anyone who disagrees with me is scientifically wrong.
(I'm obviously not being 100% in the above post btw)
yeah I can accept that some people like the XX and can even see why (a bit, they are erm, relaxing to listen to) but I was saying that imho they are massively overrated.
"Proof that so called hip people telling people that they should like a band produces results" makes you sound like a twat. An utter twat.
Well cheers for that insult but isn't that pretty much how the hype machine works these days? Yeah you like them but do you honestly think they are 'that' good and deserving of the huge acclaim. I mean that album won the Mercury Music Prize ffs. Based on what? Best album of the year? Most groundbreaking?
This makes no sense.
Your argument is that of all the bands who divide opinion (using your, I'm sure, rigorous statistical model, almost all bands), The xx are practically the only band for whom it is objectively possible to describe as dull.
Personally, I find this statistical anomaly fascinating.
this is the music board
"Shit he's right, why am I listening to this crap?". Of course until then, you're just wallowing in ignorance.
Oops, wrong thread.
I don't particularly care whether or not people stop "wallowing in ignorance", if that's how you want to put it. Just as long as we're all clear that that's what they're doing then that's enough for me!
my music collection is full of calm and quiet music that is not in the slightest bit boring
but then you ballsed it up by saying the thing about hip people telling others what to like. I really don't think that's what happened here. Yes, they were hugely hyped, but a lot of people genuinely love their music- hype or no hype. I loved it for about three listens and then went off it completely as it didn't have enough in it to hold my interest, but I am easily bored and that is perhaps my issue, not the music's, when plenty of people whose taste I respect continue to like that record.
Just love this line. Quote of the day...
they are at least trying to do something different where XX seem to be very much one trick ponies with not a very good trick to begin with apart from sounding like the most boring trip-hop (remember that) group ever
is NO ONE listening to the lyrics/vocals? What the hell is going on?
They're not great but they're not THAT bad. Certainly not the part I'd personally criticise for criticism. What do you think's wrong with them then?
sung in a slightly-foreign sounding accents as if it's being aimed directly at catwalk fashion brand perfume adverts.
But still far from the worst part about the song.
....and that is a lovely romantic song, good to have them back.
you'll give yourself high blood pressure.
It's not really a thing I get wound about - I think everyone's allowed to strongly dislike one band. It's no fun being rational and sensible all the time. The xx have just taken Scouting for Girls' place in my contempt corner.
I love The xx but I'm finding this a bit of a cringe. Maybe Mr XX needs to be singing as well. I can't help comparing Mrs XX to Tracey Thorn (based on looks and pretty much nothing else) and that rather sullies everything about her for me.
Anyway, may work in the context of the album etc etc
Then they'd be great.
and I quite like this. I think the fact the vocals are shite actually work pretty well.
Like the first album, I'm entirely every single inevitable remix of the entire record being superior to the original songs.
It's lovely stripped back indie. 'It's like teenage poetry scribbled in the back of a diary surrounded by love hearts with arrows shot through them', aren't pretty much all lyrics like this? I'm enjoying how it hangs entirely on the incanted words. Going off their tumblr thing they set up I was expecting all sorts of stuffed in reference and patchworking, so to find the opposite is nice.
BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!
WE IN THIS BITCH THROWIN' GANG SIGNS MAAAAAYYYNNN!
So in conclusion - no.
Tell me that distant snare sound isn't lovely though.
That's the problem :/
I like The xx, and I'm sure it will work well in context of the album, but apart from that snare bit nothing stands out.
With such a skeletal backing track, the success of a song like this hinges on the strength of the songwriting, and it's just not quite there.
Not a bad track by any stretch of the imagination: pretty, restrained, accomplished, but far from exceptional.
IMO It's the simplicity of it that makes it so beautiful - that includes the lyrics.
just listen to Young Marble Giants fgs.
(kidding, this is really lovely music)
A heartless goon, ya hear me?
Ya heartless goon.
Anyone who thinks Adele's foghorn honking is "soulful" should give this a listen.
But I've seen them live 3 times and each one has bored me to tears. During their set at Porto this year I found myself doing keepie uppies with a discard beer cup during their set
at the risk of ridicule, I genuinely think they have one of the most distinctive sounds of recent years.
I can see why people would hate the lyrics/vocals though - it's maybe a bit too stark and simple
Anyone get tickets to see them at Shepherds Bush? Could have sworn there was a thread about it...
They went up on O2 Priority this morning.
but very subtle in its approach.
I've listened to it about three and a half times now and each song is starting to establish its own identity in the way they usually do when an album takes its time.
So obviously it's premature to give an overall Judgement but this is what I'll say at the moment - I loved the XX's firts self-titled album from the moment I heard I first listened to it though I know there are those who were never taken with it.
This album is unlikely to change their minds, IMO. There is subtle progression here but the XX are comfortable with an overall sound and they don't seem to want to mess with it that much (and I'm not entirely sure they're able to - yet at any rate).
Two things are immediately noticeable - they've tried a few new sounds in this album. The openening chords to first track 'Angels' sounds not just a bit like Beach House, then we've got a lovely and delicate use of of tin drums in 'Reunion' and a weird and spooky little bit of electronica in 'Try' which I like but it's just fleshing out their sound - adding new ingredients rather than producing a different dish. The guitar work is delicate throughout and sparing.
However, there's never a lot of variation in the vocal delivery and that make the songs sound (at least initially) a much of a muchness. And another thing - the tracks are all pretty short again - mo9st under or not far over the three minute mark. I find this annoying a bit because I'd like songs to have a bit of presence rather than have a bunch of smaller tracks sampling different ideas.
What I think I'd like the XX to have done is really give their music a kick up the arse more this time. There are plenty of opportunities in this album to do that but just as you think they're going to let rip with a beat here, the song cuts short and we're on something else.
That said, they get this absolutely spot on near the end with 'Swept Away'.This is the kind of track that really stands out for me and in a very good way. It's the sort of moody dance floor sound that 'Everything but the Girl' nailed so well on 'Walking Wounded'.
On other tracks like 'Missing' (yes, I know I've just mentioned Everything But The Girl) it's a brooding and haunting track which needs nothing for it be more affecting. I love the trembling bass and guitar on that. So too with tracks like 'Tides'. Beautiful stuff.
So then, I'm still letting this LP soak in but for all I've said, I am impressed and I think I'm going to enjoy this album more and more.