Firstly, I'll just point out I had a little trouble receiving the CD, after it had well passed its estimated delivery time. But after an e-mail to Amazon, it was sorted within 24 hours, and I'm very happy with the Customer Service. So, thank-you, Amazon.
Now, to the CD. On first listen, sure, it does sound very similar to The XX's debut album 'XX', with their signature music in the background.
You could very easily glide from one album to the other without realising it's switched.
But, I have given this a good few listens, and I would say the key to really enjoying this album, is not concentrating on the similarities, but to really listen to the lyrics.
I can't quite describe the lyrics without sounding cliché, so here goes nothing with the predictable adjectives. When you really listen, the words float to your ear drums in a sweet, beautiful and often melancholic way.
Once I'd really taken the words on board, I can now enjoy this album for what it is. I particularly enjoy Missing, Chained and Our Song.
I do hope, for the future of The XX, that any of their future work will be a little more experimental and diverse.
Not as good as their first, but gets a comfortable 4/5 from me.