The xx

The xx

In The xx’s dressing room above Leeds’ cavernous Academy, the band’s guitarist and vocalist Romy Madley-Croft is discussing the possibility that the trio’s shows may need to upgrade to even bigger stages in order to satisfy the...

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The xx - 'Coexist'

The xx - 'Coexist'

For those of you who love The xx at their most sad-eyed and romantically dysfunctional, we recommend ignoring the first track on their second album, ‘Coexist’. Wafting in the same rarefied airspace as ‘Stars’ did on their 2009 debut...

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The XX

The XX

The xx look moody. But then The xx always look bloody moody. “Don’t be shy, you’re BRILLIANT!” yells someone, capturing the popular mood. The fans might be providing moral support tonight, but producer Jacques Greene goes one better....

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The xx - 'Angels'

The xx - 'Angels'

The best artists are the ones that you can believe in fully. It’s like, how Jack White isn’t anything but the über-controlling guitar-shredding Willy Wonka of garage-rock. It’s why Lady Gaga can’t wear jeans or why Madonna never says...

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The xx - 'Open Eyes' (demo)

The xx - 'Open Eyes' (demo)

A skeletal, dour triumph from the sessions for The xx ’s long-awaited new album. Coming off like a cousin of ‘Shelter’, here we find Romy Madley Croft providing a sadcore vocal bouquet over shadowy guitar, forsaking their old Chris Isaak...

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Album review: The XX - 'The XX'

Album review: The XX - 'The XX'

Space. Everyone needs it to stay sane. In London, though, it’s hard to find. Coffin-narrow streets are piled with tiny flats, subdivided into even tinier rooms, cramped and claustrophobic. No act of chance, perhaps, that it’s in the capital...

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