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September 11, 2012

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Swept Away
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  • Original Release Date: September 10, 2012
  • Label: Young Turks
  • Copyright: 2012 Young Turks/XL Recordings
  • Total Length: 37:12
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  • ASIN: B0094OLFUW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,253 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Minimal 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coexist is NOT XX September 25, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
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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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mass of contradictions September 12, 2012
Format:Audio CD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is September 18, 2012
By Shon
Format:MP3 Music
*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
4.0 out of 5 stars okay but not great album, yet so much better live October 21, 2013
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars such a great album
I do suggest on getting it if you're into sleepy time music. that's what I consider this. along with the Postal Service, music to fall asleep to.
Published 9 days ago by Alexis Humphries
4.0 out of 5 stars Different.
If you like a new age rock alternative kind of sound, you'll like this one alot. I'm enjoying it fairly often.
Published 10 days ago by Dustbunny
5.0 out of 5 stars XX album
fantastic album. this is the type of music that is meant to be listened to on vinyl. i cant wait to see them live.
Published 23 days ago by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 2nd album
I've played the 1st so often, it was hard to get into this one, but after playing it a couple of times, it flows from one album to the next. Read more
Published 29 days ago by R. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't even bother listening to anything else
This is the only CD you will ever need. It's completely amazing, very soothing and perfect for a long drive.
Published 2 months ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nicely Done Overall
The packaging for the LP was great - it had a white cover with the Xs cut out and the sleeve being the oil puddle on one side and black on the other. Looks very nice. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Annastasia Zeiger
4.0 out of 5 stars I already liked this album.
I have listened to this album so much that I thought I'd buy it. It's not quite as good as their first album in my opinion but this is the first album of there's I listened to so... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Raper
5.0 out of 5 stars cheaper than recored stores
Amazon is the place to get new presses. Also the Xx are awesome. Would listen again. Album not quite as good as the first.
Published 3 months ago by max moreland
5.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl version was the UK edition that includes the CD as well
FYI, when I purchased the vinyl version of this album on Amazon I received the UK edition (catalog number YT080LP) that also includes the entire album on a CD as well. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars Prefer the first, but still a work of art
Coexist had an awesome release and I very much enjoyed the map of the link-sharing through out the world. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Annditel
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