• The xx - "Say Something Loving"

    The xx aren't known for an especially uplifting sound, but it's clear with their new album they're setting out to change that. Between their first single, "On Hold," and their latest, "Say Something Loving," the band is shifting directions from a more somber feel to a more celebratory one, and it's working

    On "Say Something Loving," they maintain that sparse, atmospheric sound they're known for but they bump up the energy, with both the production and Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft's vocal interplay, more upbeat than ever. It's a track that proves The xx are capable of a greater range musically than what we've heard in the past, and their just-released album may be their most exciting yet.—Katie K.