xx is the debut studio album by English indie pop group The xx, released on 17 August 2009 by Young Turks. The self-produced album was recorded at XL Studios in West London between December 2008 and April 2009.
Upon its release, xx received general acclaim from music critics, and it was subsequently included in several publications' year-end lists. In 2010, it was awarded the Mercury Prize. xx spent eighty-seven weeks on the UK Albums Chart, and was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry. As of September 2011, the album has sold 405,000 copies in the UK.
xx received general acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 87, based on 25 reviews. Music critics noted elements of post-punk, indie pop and R&B in the album's music.
xx rated highly in several publications' lists of the best albums of 2009. It was placed at number two on NME's 2009 albums of the year poll, and won XFM's New Music Award 2010. FACT magazine named xx the best album of 2009 and the fifty-third best album of the 2000–09 decade. It ranked fourth on the Chicago Tribune's list of the