Editors’ Notes After two albums of perfectly coiled indie pop, The xx open up. The intimate spaces and beautifully tessellated arrangements endure, but, perhaps owing to drummer/producer Jamie xx’s solo flowering, I See You is expansive and bright. The samples employed on “Say Something Loving” (Alessi Brothers) and “On Hold” (Hall & Oates), for example, add a new and joyous dimension to Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sims’ vocals. The Londoners remain untouchable as stripped-back, small-hours balladeers, with closer “Test Me” as halting and affecting as they’ve ever been.

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Dangerous
1
4:10
 
Say Something Loving
2
3:58
 
Lips
3
3:20
 
A Violent Noise
4
3:47
 
Performance
5
4:06
 
Replica
6
4:09
 
Brave for You
7
4:13
 
On Hold
8
3:44
 
I Dare You
9
3:53
 
Test Me
10
3:55