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"Chained" is a song by English indie pop group The xx, released on 7 August 2012 by Young Turks. It was the second single from their 2012 album Coexist. The song was produced by percussionist Jamie xx and written by guitarist Romy Madley Croft and bassist Oliver Sim."Chained" charted at number 19 in Belgium and received positive reviews from music critics, who complimented Jamie xx's minimalist production and the vocal interplay between Croft and Sim.


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I watched you breathe in
And I wished you'd stop
Only for long enough
Long enough

It's hard to say

Separate or combine
I ask you one last time
Did I hold you too tight?
Did I not let enough light in?

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

If a feeling appears
If your mind should sway
It's not a secret you should keep
I won't let you slip away

We used to be closer than this
We used to be closer than this
We used to get closer than this
Is it something you missed?

We used to be closer than this
We used to be closer than this
We used to get closer than this
Is it something you missed?

Winged or chained
I ask you would you have stayed
Did I hold you too tight?
Did I not let enough light in?

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

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The xx

The xx are an English indie pop band, formed in London in 2008. The group released their debut album, xx in August 2009. The album ranked highly on many best of 2009 lists, placing number one on the list compiled by The Guardian and second for NME. In 2010, the band won the Mercury Music Prize for their debut album. Their second album, Coexist, was released on 10 September 2012. more »

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10 facts about this song

Band History
"Chained" is a song by The xx, a British indie pop band formed in 2005. This band is known for their unique sound that blends elements of indie rock, dream pop, and electronic music.
Album Details
The song was released as part of their second studio album "Coexist" in 2012.
Chart Performance
"Chained" did moderately well on the charts, peaking at number 90 on the French Singles Chart.
Music Video
A music video for "Chained" was released, which was directed by the creative director at XL Recordings, Young Replicant.
The track incorporates The xx's signature blend of indie pop, electronic, and dream pop, offering their fans a fluid mix of calm and ethereal sounds.
Critics praised "Chained" for its subtlety and minimalistic production, mentioning that its nuanced and layered sound highlighted the band's growth and maturity in music making process.
The xx collaborated with renowned producer and DJ, John Talabot, for a remix of "Chained" that was warmly received by listeners.
Singer's Insight
Band member Oliver Sim once shed light on the track during an interview, stating that the song is about "being in a relationship and needing to rely on a person so much that you feel you're chained together.”
True to The xx's style, "Chained" was written by all of the band members collectively, showcasing their collaborative writing process and highlighting the chemistry among them.
Unique Element
"Chained" is also noteworthy because it features distinct vocals from both The xx's lead vocalists – Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim, offering listeners a perfect display of their complementary singing styles.

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