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For their third LP, I See You, the British pop duo xx — vocalists Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Slim, plus in-house producer Jamie — dismantled their minimalist aesthetic and embraced dazzling studio techniques for the first time. It takes only a few seconds for the opening track, "Dangerous," with its blaring horn loop and frenetic drumbeat, to take the xx where they've never gone before: the club. I See You is marked by a tonal shift to something close to pure, crisp pop structure, adorned by unusual crescendos that echo a dextrous DJ inching their dancer toward climax without ever quite lifting the house lights. Its lyric sheet moves from the danger and hopelessness of love to its deliciousness and rapture; a move into a more outward looking proposition.
XX - "I See You" ..... Online Price $32.40