Monday, 7 February 2011

REVIEW: 'Impact's' Top Albums of 2009 - xx, 'xx'

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xx’s debut presents a minimalistic blend of softly delayed guitars, clipped synths, off-beat bass lines and sexually-charged lyrics that suffocate the listener in a world of dark, melancholic pop music.
Many of their songs are reminiscent of past hits; creations that have been stripped back with simple notes and reverberating guitars. ‘Crystallised’ is clearly Interpol-inspired with chord/vocal dissonance, while Romy and Oliver’s call-and-response vocals accumulate in beautiful crescendos - reflecting the relationship struggles illustrated in the lyrics. This album leaves you overwhelmed from the first time you hear it.

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