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Following an abundance of accolades and awards garnered for their 2009 eponymous debut album, British indie trio The xx chose not to deviate from the band’s stylistic blueprint for their 2012 follow-up Coexist. But when played back-to-back, there is a noticeable consolidation here — by stripping down instrumentation and production flourishes heard on their preceding album, these songs sound stronger, making for an immediate staying-power. The opening “Angels” infuses barebones dream-pop with subtle slivers of R&B as Romy Madley Croft inflects softly, like a young Tracey Thorn singing to a gray Sunday morning from under her bed sheets. “Chained” follows with Jamie Smith’s beats slowly catching up to the rhythm, like a cold motorbike’s engine warming to its idle. But it’s the unsettling anti-duets sung by Croft and Oliver Sim that prove to be the most gripping throughout Coexist. With a palpable tension between them, it’s as if they’re singing on opposing sides of a bedroom wall. Even when their harmonies are closer (“Swept Away”), The xx further their mastery of pulling beauty from restraint.

Customer Reviews


After stumbling upon the xx years ago when the single, "islands" came out, i was instantly hooked.
I still listen to that song and their first album on high rotation, and why not, it's amazing!
So laid back, well collaborated and Romy and Oliver's voices are magic.

That said, i was eager to hear their new album (which i bought today) and my my, if you liked or more importantly, loved the first album, then you will find it very hard not to love this one. No particular stand out tracks as they are all brilliant, with each track taking you on a journey of love, despair, heartbreak and so many emotions that are not in anyway fabricated and are purely genuine

Without doubt, the xx are a very clever band. They have so much appeal about them and in my opinion this album does not disappoint.

Do your ears a favour and listen to this album over and over!

Mind blowing!

Lie on couch, put on coexist and let it take you away! Great investment!!!

Not as good as their first album

I think The XX made too much of an epic album with their first one. Coexist is beautiful but I still listen to their first album more.


Formed: London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Atmospheric English indie pop group the xx formed in London in 2008 around the talents of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, Baria Qureshi, and Jamie Smith, when the bandmembers were still in high school. Captivating and cool, the group cites influences that run the gamut from R&B (Aaliyah and Rihanna) to classic alternative rock (the Cure and the Pixies). Built around the duel vocals of Croft and Sim, the group's signature brand of moody, soulful indie rock first appeared on the public radar in early...
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