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The xx exist in a time and space of their own making. In 2009 the south London trio s debut album, xx, quietly made at night over the course of two years, bled steadily into the public consciousness to become shorthand for newly refined ideas of teenage desire and anxiety. Articulated with a maturity beyond their years, its hallmarks were restraint and ambiguity. In the age of the over-share, xx was pop with its privacy settings on max.

Three years later, Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith release Coexist, and a new perspective. Where xx lent in close to whisper in your ear, Coexist gazes warmly in your eyes. Much has happened to lead to this point: most pertinently, they ve grown up.

Previously cast as the quietest of the three, Jamie became the public face of The xx in 2011. In-between DJ gigs, he focused on growing his production skills, developing a distinct sound and presence. His remix of Adele s "Rolling In The Deep, " re-imagining of Gil Scott-Heron s final album on We re New Here with its defining single "I ll Take Care Of U, " and his debut solo single "Far Nearer" set him apart as a highly regarded producer in his own right. That position was cemented when Drake asked Jamie to produce the title track of his album Take Care, inspired by "I ll Take Care Of U."

Above all, though, Coexist is an album of confident adult reflection. "Angels, " sung by Romy, is a perfectly distilled love song. Its counter is "Fiction" led by Oliver, a bittersweet ballad that s strength lies in naming its fear. What has changed for The xx? Nothing, and everything. Older and wiser, surer yet still so tender, Coexist finds itself on the other side of heartbreak, when the light returns.

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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Young Turks
  • ASIN: B008B11R1Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel on September 11, 2012
Format: Audio CD
The first time I listened to The XX's eponymous debut album, it was hard to not be excited about the band's future. From start to finish, the record was excellent - the band used minimal instrumentation to create quiet, moody atmospheres to let their songs dwell in. Most notably, the two vocalists, Oliver Sims and Romy Madley Croft, carried the album with their soft duets - their voices would rarely rise above a murmur, but together they were able to evoke heartwarming love or heartbreaking pain. After a handful of years, The XX is back with COEXIST, an album that picks up right where the band left off.

The band has largely preserved their sound even with the departure of guitarist Baria Qureshi who left in 2009. Qureshi, who left in 2009 due to personal differences, was not replaced, and the band has moved forward as a 3-piece. Unfortunately, the prominent guitarwork that made songs like "Untitled" and "Crystalised" so irresistible is missing on COEXIST, but the band is able to compensate for this absence through other means.

Most of the COEXIST's music is created with minimal instrumentation and a touch of reverb; every now and then, new instruments enter the fold, notably a steel drum ("Reunion"). The album starts off with "Angels." It's the album's lead single, and the song is surprisingly bare - Madley Croft's vocals are complimented by spare instrumentation, but the song relies completely on her voice to sell it. Not only does this track set the tone for COEXIST, but it's one of the highlights on the album. "Chained" introduces slightly more instrumentation, but not much - the album rarely rises above a whisper.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. Aguilar on September 25, 2012
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The xx's second album, Coexist, is a different album than the band's breakout album XX. Lyrically and musically the album is a great listen. I will admit, after the first time through Coexist, I was a bit torn; I wanted it to be a continuation of XX but it wasn't. However, after a second and third listen, I found that the album was very well-developed and in-line with what I've come to look for from this young band. While I know others have panned this album, I suspect part of the issue is that this isn't XX part 2. Although, in my opinion it is a great album, and would recommend it.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Barrettbowie on September 12, 2012
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Part of me thinks Coexist is incredibly boring and monotonous . . . yet I've been totally engaged each of the several times I've listened to it. It's also simultaneously cold/distant, yet very emotional (i.e. it seems refreshingly "post-ironic". Which is to say, "sincere".) As another apparent contradiction, the album is minimal with whispering vocal turns and simplistic electronic beats . . . yet actually quite nuanced and revealing of subtle depth upon repeat listens.

Ultimately, I like it (more than most, apparently) and it seems like the perfect antidote to the "maximalist" overstuffed music of much indie pop/rock (I'm looking at you, Centipede Hz) as well as the typical autotuned, overproduced Top 40 R&B.

Of course those looking for minimalist indie alternative soul music in this vein would probably just prefer to listen to the xx's awesomer debut instead. Not a great leap forward for this band, but a nice companion piece.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SCW/NAW on September 18, 2012
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*Disclaimer! My husband hates it when I write reviews on his account but I don't have my this is his wife.*

Anyway, I read the reviews that are here and I really felt that another side should be heard.

I had never even heard of XX before the release of this album. I saw a link to the full album on Reddit and gave it a listen. The first time through I was initially interested and within a few minutes I was moving on to other things while it played in the back ground. I thought this meant it wasn't that good, at first. But then I found myself wanting to listen to it again and again. I would have lyrics repeating in my head a lot, in a good way. Then I realized it's value to me. It's the perfect mellow out background music because it's not overpowering but still pleasant and leaves me feeling happy. So, I give it 5 stars because I liked it so much I'm buying it right now. It is what it is, and if you leave your focus on that it's nice. I'm off now to check out their other album that so many of you loved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2013
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Probably like most people here, I fell for The XX's debut album, intrigued by the mix of minimalism and suggested beats. I saw the band perform at Coachella when they were touring in support of the debut album, and I think that co-founders/singers Oliver Sims and Romy Madley Croft were as surprised with the massive crowd reaction as anyone. Now comes the band's highly anticipated second album.

"Coexist" (11 tracks; 37 min.) starts off with "Angels", a very quiet and minimalist track, as if we were dropped straight halfway into an album. "Chained" is slightly more beat-oriented. The first song on here that truly peaks my interest is "Try", one-third into the album. "Sunset" is another intriguing tune. But let's be honest: most of the songs on here are introverted, pensive and moody. If that is what you are ready for, then this album is for you. For those that write that "Coexist" picks up where the debut album left off, I respectfully disagree. The XX had a choice to make with this second album: stick to the tried-and-true formula of the debut album, go for even more dance-oriented material, or make a left turn altogether and become more introspective. The band chose the latter direction, and that's fine. Sometimes I'm in the mood for something like this. But "Coexist" is NOT "The XX 2".

Last weekend I saw The XX in concert at the Corona Capital music festival in Mexico City (the Mexican equivalent of Coachella). Once again., the live set was outstanding. The band divided their set evenly between the two albums (playing 8 tracks from each), and I must tell you that each one of the 8 tracks from "Coexist" sounded so much better (bigger, harder, more thrilling) live than it does on the album. If you have a chance to see The XX in concert, do not miss them!
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