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Coexist

The xx

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This album is Mastered for iTunes. 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

Something Missing...

The xx first album, was phenomenal and set the stage for even better and greater things. Their minimalistic vibe and romantic lyrics couldn't help but make you think of someone... However i find co exist to be missing something (perhaps bassist Bahria..?), something the first album possesed that made it so natural for everyone to love. Don't get me wrong co exist is good, espeacially if you love The xx. However for the general pop, you may be left feeling a little bored.

Excellent

Très bon second album. Moins facile d'accès mais plus de profondeur. Agréablement surpris!!

The Wait Is Over!

Finally! The wait is over… and it was well worth it! The album is mellow, smooth and well paced. Each song flows nicely into the next. Another great release from The xx.

Biography

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...
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