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TheOddOne
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(01-10-2017, 12:20 PM)
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• Basics:
The xx - I See You
Release date: January 13th
Buy it: Digital | Physical
• About the third album:
The challenge for the new album was how a band with growing clout, influence and experience could still conjure private emotions.
“The band came from such an unambitious place,” Mr. Sim said. “But it’s slowly become something where we do have a lot of drive
— we do have a lot of ambition now.”

The band’s solution was both clear and complicated: Work on the sounds, unblock the feelings and abandon self-imposed rules.
“I See You” inevitably scales up the sound of the xx, openly courting a wider audience, but its songs still ring true.

When the band started, the xx imposed its own strictures. To stay personal, Ms. Madley Croft and Mr. Sim would each sing only
lyrics they had written themselves. They also avoided, as they still do, specifics like place names or gendered pronouns — using
you and I, not he and she — “so you can fit it into your own life and imagine yourself within it,” Ms. Madley Croft said. And even
on a recording, an xx song could only have the parts that could be played onstage. “We never set out to be a minimal band,” she
said. “We just couldn’t play our instruments very well.”

But with “I See You,” the xx upended its old methods. They recorded outside the familiarity of London (though they eventually
returned there) in Marfa, Los Angeles and Reykjavik, Iceland — places with sunshine and wide-open landscapes.

The songs on “I See You” no longer insist on the austere minimalism of the band’s first two albums. The sonic palette has vastly
expanded; there are a few solid dance beats, some plush echoes of the Beach Boys, some resonant and ghostly synthesizer tones,
even a sample of Hall & Oates in “On Hold.” The frailty and tension of the xx’s past catalog remain; “Here come my insecurities,”
Ms. Madley Croft sings in “Say Something Loving,” which is far from the album’s only song to mention fear. But there are also new
glimmers of confidence.

At times, Mr. Sim said, the new album is “celebratory — it’s not all ‘Woe is me.’” He paused — it is, after all, an xx album — and
added, dryly, “Of course, given what we’ve done before, my version of celebratory is pretty different from somebody else’s.”
- The xx Lets the Sunshine In, New York Times (Dec. 2016)
• Tracklisting:
  1. Dangerous (4:10)
  2. Say Something Loving (3:58)
  3. Lips (3:20)
  4. A Violent Noise (3:47)
  5. Performance (4:06)
  6. Replica (4:09)
  7. Brave for You (4:13)
  8. On Hold (3:44) - Official Video.
  9. I Dare You (3:53)
  10. Test Me (3:55)
    Total length: 39:15
• Vinyl Bonus Tracks:
  1. Naive
  2. Season Run
  3. Brave for You (Marfa demo)
• Reviews:
Metacritic: 84

Independent:
The xx have maintained that element of mystique which is so vital for their music. They are exciting precisely because they
refuse to reveal everything about themselves, and because there is an ambiguity to be found in lyrics that come across as
bluntly personal. It’s a talent that was present in their first two albums, only this time, they’ve let the light in a bit.

≡ The Observer:
I See You [reveals] a more mature sound, one where the songwriting is top-notch and the intertwining vocals are more polished
and mesmerizing than ever.

NME:
They find a balance with the old xx though. Fragility and self-doubt are still themes.

Check back for more reviews when the album releases this week.
Tugatrix
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(01-10-2017, 12:23 PM)
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I'm excited for this one
overcast
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(01-10-2017, 12:31 PM)
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Can't wait to check this out.

Very disappointed they are only coming to Southern California for Coachella during this tour. Maybe in the fall they'll hit up LA
Fritz
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(01-10-2017, 12:34 PM)
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Got tickets for Berlin. Whoop!
killertofu
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(01-10-2017, 12:35 PM)
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So excite. Been jamming On Hold for weeks now
HigXx
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(01-10-2017, 12:44 PM)
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Never been a big fan, never properly listened to them but the two releases from the album so far has me hooked
TheOddOne
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(01-10-2017, 03:00 PM)
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- Billboard: The xx's Upbeat Evolution: 'We're Portrayed to Be Moodier Than We Are'.
- Clash's review:

It’s intimate and minimal, sure, but also expansive when it needs to be, switching twilight hues for something a little brighter. It’s marked by despair, for sure, but also hope; the balance of fear and possibility that abandon brings. “I couldn’t care less,” Romy admits at one point, “If they call us reckless…”

9/10

- Drowned In Sound's review.

Despite these transparent influences, however, The xx still manage to successfully make these songs their own, even if there is an overbearing feeling with the songs' themes that we have been here before.

8/10

- Stereogum's review:

It’s hard to fault the xx for working hard to make the best Chainsmokers-core album of all time. But “Performance” is a song that’s not in conversation with anything else that’s happening in music. It’s beautiful on its own terms, and it’s all the better for it.

- Interns' review:

I See You is heartbreaking but there’s something equally heartwarming about it. Their friendship comes across so strongly on this that even when they’re at their darkest in their own relationships, they still feed off each others support. With every release they build on their sound and also their relationship with each other. On their debut they were cute, on Coexist they were honest but on I See You they’re bold. That trajectory wouldn’t have been possible if there were fractures in the trio.

Spider from Mars
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(01-10-2017, 03:11 PM)
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"Chainsmokers-core"
;(
CoolOff
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(01-10-2017, 03:14 PM)
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Originally Posted by Spider from Mars

"Chainsmokers-core"
;(

Tugatrix
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(01-10-2017, 03:16 PM)
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Originally Posted by Spider from Mars

"Chainsmokers-core"
;(

killertofu
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(01-10-2017, 03:34 PM)
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Heads up: They're headlining Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta!
tagrat
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(01-10-2017, 03:48 PM)
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Originally Posted by killertofu

Heads up: They're headlining Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta!

Ugh, I might have to splurge on this. LCD Soundsystem and Phoenix as the other headliners and lots of other good acts. I'm already going to spend a ton of money that next week at Moogfest though =(
faint.
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(01-10-2017, 04:00 PM)
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I put this on my 2017 AOTYs in December so I'm hoping it delivers. RTJ3 certainly did!
Fancy Clown
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(01-10-2017, 04:11 PM)
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Wasn't totally enamored by the singles from this one, but I'm looking forward to see how their brighter, poppier direction carries over across the whole album.
Vivalaraza
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(01-10-2017, 04:27 PM)
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Love the new sound. Sounds like Jamie has influenced this record more and more.

Got my tickets for the last night in London!
thabiz
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(01-10-2017, 04:29 PM)

Originally Posted by Spider from Mars

"Chainsmokers-core"
;(

L
O
L

Pack it up jamie. You done.
ESBL
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(01-10-2017, 04:38 PM)
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I think I like I Dare You more than On Hold
arts&crafts
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(01-10-2017, 04:41 PM)
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Originally Posted by Spider from Mars

"Chainsmokers-core"
;(

What does this even mean?

Also media blogs need to stop trying to make "core" happening.

OriginalThinking
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(01-10-2017, 07:08 PM)
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Loving the tracks I've heard so far. I've pre ordered it.
Citizen_Insane
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(01-10-2017, 07:13 PM)
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Originally Posted by Spider from Mars

"Chainsmokers-core"
;(

gross
PassiveObserver
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(01-10-2017, 07:22 PM)
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Originally Posted by arts&crafts

What does this even mean?

Also media blogs need to stop trying to make "core" happening.

It's been happening for decades.
Majine
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(01-10-2017, 07:26 PM)
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Can't wait to hear I dare you in studio.
rmt92
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(01-10-2017, 07:33 PM)
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Originally Posted by killertofu

Heads up: They're headlining Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta!

god bless you for bringing this to my attention... the xx, lcd soundsystem, wolf parade, sylvan esso, dr. dog... big list that makes it easily worth 185 dollars. and not too far from home.
corn_fest
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(01-10-2017, 07:41 PM)
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Originally Posted by Spider from Mars

"Chainsmokers-core"
;(

absolutely disgusting.jpg
see5harp
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(01-10-2017, 07:44 PM)
Despite having tickets to Coachella, I'm thinking about trying to see them in S.F...super hyped about the change in sound. I thought their last album sounded insanely formulaic.
Starviper
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(01-10-2017, 11:46 PM)
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Signed up for their mailing list to secure tickets for their tour stop in Minnesota. Can't wait to see them live!!! :D
Appleman
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(01-10-2017, 11:54 PM)
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That Stereogum article mentions the chainsmokers like a dozen times.... are they really trying to imply that the Chainsmokers are doing anything even remotely groundbreaking/interesting enough to warrant their own "chainsmokers-core" genre?
Slayven
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(01-11-2017, 12:15 AM)
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Shit I thought this was the OT for the new triple x movie
Rawr Its Ry
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(01-11-2017, 12:16 AM)
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Originally Posted by Spider from Mars

"Chainsmokers-core"
;(

I gagged reading that.

Also, I really like I dare you.
gdt
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(01-11-2017, 12:19 AM)
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Got 3 tickets for the Philly show already. Bought them on presale.



Can't wait for the album. This band hasn't missed with me yet. And they've put on the greatest live show I've ever seen.
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(01-11-2017, 05:36 PM)
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- Rolling Stone: How Pop Introverts the xx Ditched Minimalism on Glossy New LP.

The band's heightened sense of adventure led to some sonic exploration, too. Smith's penchant for sampling – heard prominently on In Colour – craftily comes to the fore in I See You, betraying Smith's affections for American soft rock. A cut from the Alessi Brothers' 1976 lullaby "Do You Feel It?" meets delicate Caribbean percussion in "Say Something Loving," while lead single "On Hold" splices vocal bits from Hall and Oates' "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" with a "Planet Rock" freestyle beat. In a November interview with Genius, Daryl Hall remarked of the sample: "[My song] belongs to the world and can be interpreted anyway they want. As long as I get paid, of course."

- Vulture's Review: The xx Embraces Modern Pop (Kind of) on I See You.

The xx embraces new styles and opens itself up to hooks and embellishments it staved off throughout Coexist, coming away, in the process, with an album that recoups on the promise of the debut and bridges the post-punk revival they came up around with the present pop EDM-ocracy without ever pandering to either side. It’s not a reinvention but a reaffirmation, proof that intimacy can be achieved through more wide-ranging means than bedroom eyes and quiet whispers.

- Fader: Group Therapy With The xx.

The xx realized their childhood dreams before they became adults. In three conversations across three continents, we talked candidly about how their relationships with their work and each other have changed.

John Caboose
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(01-11-2017, 05:49 PM)
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So fucking thrilled to see them live in a month! Any GAFfers going to their copenhagen set? PM me if so.
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- Rolling Stone: Review: The xx's Minimal Sound Gets Expansive Update on 'I See You'.

At times, the sonic settings are almost spacious enough to hold an Adele song; on "Performance," Croft croons about having to imagine a whole new persona for herself because the reality of heartbreak is just too brutal. It's ironic, though, because the xx have never been so unguarded, either emotionally or in their musical ambitions. The result is as haunting as ever.

3.5/5

- LA Times: Review The xx lightens up — or does it? — on 'I See You'.

Despite all this, “I See You” does have a newly welcoming quality, and not just because the musicians have started smiling for the camera. On “xx” and “Coexist,” the xx was using sadness as a kind of shield; its stylish monotony kept you from regarding the players as real people open to real connection.

Here, in contrast, the music’s dynamics make you feel closely involved in what they’re singing about — the highs as well as the lows.

“I See You” presents a band willing to be seen.

- Slant's Review:

The band is often at their best when utilizing the duality of Madley Croft and Sim’s conversational duets, as on “Say Something Loving,” a song bolstered by a swell of churning textures. The lone example of overreaching occurs during “On Hold,” when Smith loops a Hall & Oates sample on a track that sounds so far outside the band’s wheelhouse it comes off as too blatant in its grasp for broader appeal. But it’s by taking these types of chances and stepping out from their established aesthetic that the xx bares their self-professed anxieties, moving themselves into an audacious new direction.

4/5

- WSJ: ‘I See You’ by the xx Review: A Group Grows Up.

Satisfying and surprising in all the best ways, “I See You” puts the xx on a new a quiet, introspective ensemble, they have developed willingly—without surrendering their singularity—into a trio that creates music that has the vitality of unbridled electronica, the magnetic appeal of from-the-heart ballads and the undeniable vitality of pop. If “I See You” sets the tone for the year in rock and pop, there’s plenty to look forward to.

gdt
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(01-11-2017, 10:23 PM)
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Drip drip. Haven't heard it yet though.
RavenSan
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(01-11-2017, 10:26 PM)
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Picked up two tix for the NYC show. Super stoked. Wish it was a Saturday instead of Friday, but I'll survive.
gdt
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Originally Posted by RavenSan

Picked up two tix for the NYC show. Super stoked. Wish it was a Saturday instead of Friday, but I'll survive.

My show is on a Wednesday night. I'll have to take the next day off.
see5harp
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(01-12-2017, 03:35 AM)
Cautiously optimistic after all these chainsmokers references. People who have been here from the start know all these bands were biting The XX well before Chainsmokers had a radio hit.
botty
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(01-12-2017, 03:39 AM)
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love the ska vibes from SSL. hoping to see it more throughout the album..
vordhosbn
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(01-12-2017, 03:43 AM)
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Good shit. I liked their last album but I find this sounds better and more Jamie XX-ish.
thoseAREmySHOES
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(01-12-2017, 03:44 AM)
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Snagged tickets to his show in St. Paul in April yesterday, I'm excited! I've had On Hold on repeat for a while now.
see5harp
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(01-12-2017, 03:45 AM)
Oh man.....I can already hear just the female/male dynamic making most people instantly think of Chainsmokers. There aren't any car references or inane lyrics though so far. Production is about 20x more varied and exciting than Coexist after 3 songs though.
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(01-12-2017, 05:40 AM)
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Pretty good, for the most part I was more into the upbeat songs. I think I was into the Jamie XX album more though and nothing on here really touches "Loud Places" (full disclosure I got dumped like two weeks before it dropped lmaoooo).

Wasn't Violent Noise supposed to be a companion song to The Rest is Noise? Unless there's something in the lyrics to link them I don't think there's much music-wise that I picked up that relates them tbh.
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(01-12-2017, 07:52 AM)
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excited to hear this one in the next few days.

Love that it's actually named after "I'll Be Your Mirror". thought it was a coincidence before they confirmed it. My absolute famous song, that and "On Hold" being awesome bode well
Lima
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(01-12-2017, 11:27 AM)
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Amazon just delivered my Vinyl a day early. Ha nice surprise. Going to listen now. I'm excited. If it's good I'll buy some tickets to their gig in Düsseldorf next month.
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(01-12-2017, 12:03 PM)
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- Pitchfork's Review:

I See You, the third album by the xx, attempts to incorporate everyone’s talents into a new version of their sound, one true to their roots but richer and more varied.

As an album, I See You has the eerily seamless wholeness of the self-titled debut, a smooth and polished object with no visible edges. If it came apart, you would almost certainly never be able to put it back together again. As such, each individual song seems most realized in the context of the album, as it builds on or tweaks or develops what came before and hints at something to come, and the closing “Test Me” ties it altogether. The song’s production is breathtaking, one of Jamie xx’s masterpieces, all Eno-like suggestion, and the words are both simple and move the record’s narrative forward. “Test me,” both Madley Croft and Sim sing, “see if I break,” suggesting an unspoken strength that might have been there all along.

8.4/10 "Best New Music"

Tugatrix
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(01-12-2017, 12:05 PM)
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Originally Posted by Lima

Amazon just delivered my Vinyl a day early. Ha nice surprise. Going to listen now. I'm excited. If it's good I'll buy some tickets to their gig in Düsseldorf next month.

Muthafucking amazon listen the shit out of that album for me
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(01-12-2017, 12:15 PM)
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Originally Posted by Tugatrix

Muthafucking amazon listen the shit out of that album for me

Up to Brave For You now and I really dig it. Bought tickets for February 28th too. Going to be a nice day. See XX with the girl and then come home to play Horizon Zero Dawn.

The prices though. Man the one downside to artists getting popular. Last time I saw them live was after the first album came out and I paid half of what I paid now.
LFMartins86
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(01-12-2017, 03:48 PM)
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I think Perfomance might be my favorite right now.
nikos
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(01-12-2017, 04:09 PM)
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Can't get into detail right now, but it's a fantastic album overall. Seeing them again in NYC this May.

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