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This review is from: xx (Digipack) (Audio CD)
Scatty and Gritz (the cubs) brought this one home
from school and have been playing nothing else over
the past week. They've dumped their hoodies (it was
red bandanas before that!) and reverted to basic black.
They also seem to be reading Schopenhauer again
- their Mother's influence not mine I hasten to add.
I seem to have found something to like in this music too.
The xx are a somewhat po-faced but very talented
little combo from South London. This debut collection
of 11 compositions is relentlessly and uncompromisingly
single-minded in its sustained intensity.
It's hard to imagine them sitting around together
drinking cider and watching Father Ted re-runs.
This is much more Jacques Brel and absinthe territory !
Seriousness becomes them.
The combined vocal contributions of Ms Croft and
Mr Sim create a charmingly laconic ambience.
There is a total absence of frenzy. In fact nothing
much happens throughout in the nicest possible way.
'Infinity' is a splendid composition. The closest
thing to a climax in the entire project.
The spirit of Hank Marvin might well be smiling in the wings.
'Night Time' is a marvelously morose little ditty
and for my money its starkly economical, pared-down,
minimalism is the album's gloomy highlight.
Jamie Smith's beats and Baria Qureshi's well-judged
keyboard interventions are entirely complementary to
the centrally positioned Croft/Sim double-act.
Concluding track 'Stars' made me remember acutely
what it was like to be young and intense and delirious
with dark and serious dreams.
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Initial post: 3 Dec 2009 13:58:48 GMT
I'll have some of what you are smoking
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2009 18:34:10 GMT
Wolves don't smoke.
Posted on 30 Dec 2009 12:22:02 GMT
Mr. A. J. Davies says:
Good review if you have visions of becoming a future NME journalist. Just one problem though. Tell us what the music sounds like!
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2009 16:14:28 GMT
It's good Mr Davies. Very good indeed.
Posted on 3 Jan 2010 08:40:36 GMT
Angela B says:
I just popped on the pc to find some new music to listen to and read your review with amusement.
As a 40 year old mum with a teenager in the house I can totally see where you're coming from and I loved the summary of the album, I'd say if you don't write reviews professionally then you should think about taking it up as it was quite brilliant and amusing.
I'm kinda sick of cynical critisism of everyone and everything (see previous comments but no offense meant) so I thought I'd add my two pennorth worth.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2010 09:00:16 GMT
Thankyou so much for your kind comments.
Happy New Year
Posted on 27 Jan 2010 19:43:45 GMT
Father to the Squidges says:
Great review, I hope they are paying you, Amazon that is, not the cubs or XX for that matter.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2010 20:54:43 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2010 20:59:14 GMT
Thank you for your sweet comment.
(I wouldn't know what to do with money if I had any however!)
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Feb 2010 15:53:10 GMT
T. Budden says:
I echo the thoughts of AJ Davies. You'd be a great reviewer for the NME with your oh so witty obscure comments that everyone is supposed to 'get', without actually mentioning the music.
Posted on 29 Mar 2010 12:11:10 BDT
Wolf this is one of the best reviews I have ever read. Brilliant!! I've loved the album since its release and you've captured it's essence very well.