the XX | "XX" 
First US press
What's harder to believe? The fact this record turns NINE years old today (happy birthday, xx) or that the four band members were only a fresh faced 20 years old when they made it? The debut from the UK night time R&B pop act, the XX is slick, polished and so refined you'd think it came from some studio savvy veterans. Not to mention the record's lyrical themes are almost exclusively about sex and the ups & downs of interpersonal relationships. Personally, I can’t believe it’s been nearly a decade. I used to listen to this album almost nightly, and by the way, it *has* to be listened to at night. It’s sleek, sexy, haunting, space and atmospheric, beautifully captivating and blissfully serene all at once. Jamie xx’s often minimalist beats providing the backbone for Oliver Sim’s forefront bass lines and singer/guitarist Romy’s sparse, reverby guitar, while the two complement one another’s vocals . I don’t listen to it much anymore, but spinning it again tonight I can tell ya - it’s a damn shame; ‘xx’ certainly doesn’t *sound* like it could be a debut. The whole thing is mint, but the first half especially is just… 👌🏼 Fair to call it a classic? And nevermind the tears on die-cut sleeve... being beside their second (and also die-cut sleeved) album "Coexist" in the bin causes for some snags... typing it now... 🤔 I realize I really should have a plastic sleeve over em... 🤦🏼♂️ 9.0
“My father said "Son, we're lucky in this town,
It's a beautiful place to be born.
It just wraps its arms around you,
Nobody crowds you and nobody goes it alone"
"You know that flag flyin' over the courthouse
Means certain things are set in stone.
Who we are, what we'll do and what we won't"
It's gonna be a long walk home
Hey pretty darling, don't wait up for me
Gonna be a long walk home”
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