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In Colour

Jamie xx

In Colour

Debut solo house LP from the xx member, with contributions from Four Tet, Oliver Sim and Young Thug

ADM rating[?]

8.2

Label
Young Turks
UK Release date
01/06/2015
US Release date
02/06/2015
  1. 10.0 |   Q

    Jamie xx understands the architecture of dancing, the mysterious emotional underpinings that, if you slow down, lie at its heart. Print edition only

  2. 10.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A phenomenally poised and universally approachable solo debut
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  3. 10.0 |   State

    A showcase of the depth and breadth of his production talents and his ear for a well-rounded collection
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  4. 9.3 |   Pitchfork

    It’s the album as raucous party where the thrill of the moment never quite obliterates the wistful sadness that comes from knowing it will all end too soon
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  5. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    In Colour exists between the hours of 1 and 6 AM. Somewhere between all-consuming intimacy and complete loneliness
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  6. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    He may have spent his years patiently absorbing the minute details of UK dance music, but by now he feels like one of its driving forces
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  7. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    In Colour stands tall as a bold and renewably-exciting triumph
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  8. 9.0 |   NME

    An album defined by its creator making perfect choices
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  9. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    The record finds a perfect balance between being a statement on rave culture itself and reveling in sincere, in-the-moment exhilaration and emotion
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  10. 9.0 |   Spin

    It is exceedingly rare to find a producer who does so much, with so little, that he distilled from, again, so much
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  11. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    A master class in deftness
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  12. 8.7 |   Earbuddy

    Despite its many standouts, you have to hear In Colour in its entirety to truly appreciate the triumph that this record is
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  13. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    In Colour consistently feels cohesive and directed. It is not simply a collection of disparate electronic styles, but a portfolio of the full skill-set of one of Britain's best producers
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  14. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    In Colour is remarkably breezy, soulful and human, uncommon qualities for the proper debut of a high-profile electronic producer
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  15. 8.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    It remodels slabs of wax in a way that not only acknowledges but embraces the pop potential those snippets of sound have been denied for so long
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  16. 8.0 |   The Music

    Now he’s stepped out on his own, we get a proper glimpse of the impressive level of talent at work
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  17. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Assured, polished, and precise, if we’ve learned anything over the last few years it’s that a little patience has only ever heightened Jamie xx’s brilliant understatement
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  18. 8.0 |   Clash

    A glorious, technicolour triumph
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  19. 8.0 |   music OMH

    It doesn’t always maintain the consistency that makes a truly great album, but it makes you feel good and puts a smile on your face
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  20. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    A vibrant, warm distillation of Jamie xx’s genre-spanning influences, one which could easily result in a meteoric rise in his profile
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  21. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    A wistful valentine conjuring a more innocent time
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  22. 8.0 |   Digital Spy

    Blending crowd-pleasing anthems and introvert electronica, it's an intricate, multi-faceted and stimulating record
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  23. 8.0 |   Gig Soup

    This is a stand out piece of work from Jamie xx, as a concept album it’s very successful
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  24. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A thrilling reimagining of the British rave culture
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  25. 8.0 |   DIY

    No producer around can match the momentum backing Jamie xx’s every move
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  26. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The whole of In Colour draws the listener into a carefully underplayed yet ecstatic and dream-like rave-world
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  27. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    In Colour is a sonic sidestep from the trio’s sparse, monochrome melodies, which frees up Smith to explore British club culture
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  28. 8.0 |   NOW

    Like recent albums by Hot Chip and George FitzGerald, In Colour is not so much about the past as it is a reaction to two-dimensional dance music in the present
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  29. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Although In Colour flirts with being overly tasteful, it usually manages to stay just the right side of strange
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  30. 8.0 |   The List

    Jamie xx has shown that he can simultaneously pay homage, and find his own path
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  31. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Presents the full spectrum of Jamie xx's talents, from subversive pop producer to ambient soundtrack conductor. Print edition only

  32. 8.0 |   FasterLouder

    Jamie xx makes dance music to move you emotionally as much as physically
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  33. 8.0 |   Beardfood

    Dance floors are bound to explode into pools of love thanks to this gorgeous, forward-thinking record
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  34. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Jamie xx’s probing of the past produces some intriguingly useful parts for an intimate style of electronica that is all his own
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  35. 7.0 |   Crack

    A debut solo effort that is excellent in large parts, less so in others
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  36. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Compared to the stark monochrome world of The XX, this album lives up to its name. Everything is bright and in everlasting Technicolour
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  37. 6.0 |   Time Out

    A fine album, but expecting songs as feisty as his DJ sets is a big mistake
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  38. 6.0 |   The 405

    In Colour breaks no new ground to be sure, but as an accessible crossover record it does a perfectly serviceable job
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  39. 4.0 |   The Quietus

    A collection of sexless, sonically conservative tracks overwrought in bass and nostalgia, and largely void of personality
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