fact magazine: Are there any particular themes that run through the record?
the xx: There are recurring themes of the sun, the moon, the stars, elements, time, night: all these things I find quite romantic.
• 16 January 2010
“Crystalised” is a night of strip poker, dare after dare to risk more with less. The xx don’t waste a stray beat or single downstroke, and the track’s most “superfluous” component, a vaporous high-pitched moan, only throws its bones into bas-relief. Emotionally, however, “Crystalised” is a mess of mindgames, of breathy flirtation, verbal caresses, and the long shadow of sexual rejection. Dueting London art students Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim shape a space of such airless intimacy that we can only feel like voyeurs catching fleeting glimpses of flesh through peepholes.”
— Pitchfork.com Top Tracks of 2009 #16
• 16 December 2009
“Everyone who has been through a break up knows that it’s pure shit… you’ll be more miserable than a member of the XX at a funeral.”
Mark Fountain in this article for Platform.
I love The XX but this did make me laugh.
• 5 December 2009
“In a time when we are overloaded with digital media, in-your-face self-promotion, and wannabe every things it is so rejuvenating to come across a band like The XX who are where they are today because of the pure strength of their music. No gimmicks, no fancy clothes, no cool hair (well, maybe kinda cool), just straight up talent.”
• 3 December 2009
“The XX have lyrics with enough sexual tension to light a room on fire.”
• 17 November 2009