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the xx: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

Stephen Dalton, Times, The, 14 December 2012

MODESTY, UNDERSTATEMENT and tasteful restraint have no place in pop music, an art form tailor-made for dysfunctional drama queens. Yet somehow the xx have backed quietly into the limelight with their chart-topping shyness and arena-filling reserve, three shrinking violets who just keep getting bigger.

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