The XX's Four-Part Guide to Modern Romance
When It's Over, Just Be as Melodramatic as Possible
Oh no, you did it again. Something was wonderful. Now it's broken. And as the XX bemoan on "Heart Skipped a Beat," you're stuck "struggling to get in, left waiting outside your door." Once upon a time, you were so "sure [they'd] give [you] more." But now, like the XX on "Shelter," you'll have to "cross oceans like never before, so [they] can feel the way [you] feel." That heartless bastard took your heart and crushed it, and now you can't give it up to someone else's touch, because you care too much. Didn't they hear you wailing: "Whenever you leave, teach me gently how to breathe"?
It's Probably Not Going to Work Out, but Fuck It Anyway
Yes, things are doomed to fail. Just ask the XX. There is, the band admits on "Reunion," always "an end to us with someone else inside." And obviously, it sucks to see a relationship collapse, but that's life. Try, fail. Try again, fail. Fucking try again, fail. Rome wasn't built in a day, and movies like The Notebook are all bullshit. Everything comes with an expiration date, but that doesn't mean you have to give up forever.
Do something cathartic and get back out there. As the XX's "VCR" proclaims: "I want to find myself by the sea, in another's company." And when you find that next noose by which you're sure to hang yourself, don't get scared off by the gloom ahead. "I want to go out to the pier, gonna dive and have no fear."
Now, isn't that helpful and uplifting? Go get 'em, tiger.
The xx. Tuesday, February 5. Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets cost $29.50 plus fees via livenation.com. All ages. Call or visit fillmoremb.com.
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