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Coexist

The xx

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iTunes Editors' Notes

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

It's OK

While it's a good album, it surely doesn't live up to the hype that surrounded it and especially when compared to their first album 'XX'. Carrying on with their stripped back sound they keep to what they know best but this album has even more minimalism by their standards. Angels, Chained, and Sunset are the stand-out songs on Coexist and are most in keeping with the debut album being more powerful than the other tracks which are a bit more easy listening and turned down. It's not a bad album, and any fan of the XX will appreciate what they've done but was definitely expecting more. 3.5 / 5 in my opinion

Not as good as the first album

I loved the first album but this seems pretty weak in comparison..

Great

Such great easy listening sound . This group has talent

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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