Album Review: “I See You” by The xx

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The third album released by the xx, “I See You” is a beautiful and breathtaking combination of talents that remains true to the xx’s roots while providing the listener with richer sound and emotional lyrics. Madley Croft and Sim’s vocals are the highlight of this album. They use their clever and resourceful nature to engage listeners in a way that is unmatched by other vocalists. Songs such as “Performance” and “Brave For You” are compared to classic xx songs from their debut album, staying true to their indie sound. Another highly applauded factor in this album is the lyrics which are fresh and simple but also show strength. The amount of emotion that goes into these lyrics pushes the vocalists toward their most vulnerable and emotional side. The album’s closing song “Test Me” is the perfect example. The song uses simple phrasing to show a hidden strength that has been hiding right underneath the surface, and finding that strength is what beautifully closes the album.

Overall, “I See You” is brilliant, emotional, pure, and in our opinion, a perfect album release to start off 2017.

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Abby is a senior Agricultural Communications & Journalism major graduating December 2018. Abby began writing for Maroon Weekly during the fall semester of 2016, and after taking a short break, has come back for more! Some of her favorite things include coffee, music and her miniature schnauzer, Sadie. If you want to find Abby, she will most likely be reading in a dark room, blogging in a local coffee shop or riding her longboard across campus.

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