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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 ... Read more in Amazon's The xx Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Young Turks / XL
  • ASIN: B008B11R1Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,842 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Second studio album from critically acclaimed London band The xx, featuring the song "Angels".

BBC Review

Subtlety comes in several shades, sometimes so slight as to be near imperceptible. The xx, Mercury winners with their 2009 debut and unlikely global stars since, were never going to overhaul their sound for album two; but spend a while in Coexist’s company and the London trio’s evolution is evident.

On a first spin, little might appear to have changed. Angels opens, starring Romy Madley Croft’s delicate voice set against a guitar that chimes its presence with an unhurried effortlessness. So far, so very debut-over-again.

But Coexist isn’t a straight continuation from the past; The xx broke from the routine of promotion, of filling headspaces with thoughts of what happens next, to rediscover lives outside of the band. Upon reconvening, fresh ideas formed, and many have found a place on Coexist.

Lyrically it’s a love album, from the first flushes of affection to the trauma of separation. This constant allows the music to spin out into new shapes. Try opens with a strangled synth whine, immediately reminiscent of G-funk; Reunion is carried on steel pans, lending it a Caribbean feel; and Swept Away rides a classic house beat with the pitch slowed so very… yes, subtly.

The latter track, Coexist’s penultimate number, is sure to stir thoughts of Todd Terry’s remixes for Everything but the Girl – serendipitous given Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt have previously covered The xx’s Night Time. It’s a standout, as is Fiction, Oliver Sim’s first true solo vocal after the ethereal drift of the debut’s interlude-y Fantasy.

If the production at the heart of The xx has progressed at glacier-like pace, Sim’s contributions have taken giant leaps forward. Confidence gleaned from hundreds of live performances between albums can be heard on every take.

Jamie Smith’s nudging upwards of the BPM represents advancement, too. Some may miss the (more) minimalist design of xx, but Coexist isn’t without hold-your-breath dynamics: a break to silence in Missing is followed by a tremendous return by Sim. It’s an electrifying moment.

With a signature sound established at the first time of asking, The xx’s challenge was to both expand their palette and satisfy the demands of a huge audience. And through refinement rather than reinvention, they’ve succeeded in singular style.

--Mike Diver

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
It is a joy to report that all is well on planet xx. Their 2010 debut was
a stunner; as single minded a celebration of the dark dreams of youth as
it is possible to imagine. Romy Croft and Oliver Sim's capacity to make
us feel both a first kiss and the edge of the grave in the same breath
endeared them to a generation (or three) in search of a sound which might
come somewhere close to pinning down our feelings in these troubled times.
That they do so with such conviction and elan is a tribute to their singular
craftsmanship and uncompromising vision. 'Coexist' delivers further revelations.

The eleven songs in this new collection are really quite painfully magnificent.
Each terse title; each elusive but curiously heart-warming melody; each
spare but perfectly punctuated arrangement has such immediate impact on our
emotions that it is impossible to imagine how it could have been bettered.

The rhythmic structure of several of the compositions have greater presence
and definition than their earlier work and this turns out to be a canny
development. Numbers such as 'Chained', 'Sunset' and especially 'Tides',
despite their gloomy narratives, set our toes tapping despite ourselves but
highly disciplined sonic restraint remains the order of the day. Ms Croft and
Mr Sim were clearly born to sing together. Rarely have two voices sounded so
at home with one another. The keening guitar and measured vocal performances
of 'Try' (surely their finest moment?
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Bought the CD+Vinyl version of this album.
The album itself is excellent; relaxing yet engaging throughout. Thoroughly recommend.
The vinyl pressing, though - like other reviewers have expressed - is poor. The dynamic range sounds very compressed and resembles a 128kbps mp3 file at best. The copy that I received is also heavily warped, not something expected from brand new 185g vinyl. Disappointing. Glad the CD is included!
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By D. I. Hill on 28 Nov. 2012
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Being a fan of Young Marble Giants from the late 70s/early 80s I thoroughly enjoyed The XX's first CD and went back to listen to Collosal Youth once again! Whilst I was looking forward to seeing how the group had developed from album 1 this is essentially the same sound but the content is not as memorable or distinctive. Enjoyable but lacking the spark of relative innovation that the first album provided.
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More of the same here from The xx, which is precisely why I bought the album. Coexist has a very similar feel to their debut album, almost a continuation of the mercury award winning debut.

If you liked their debut you'll be hard pressed to find fault here. It was a tough ask to follow XX but they more than match the hype.

Chained and fiction have to be the highlights for me.
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By Miss Lornie JB on 4 Sept. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bought it for my other half's birthday after seeing them on TV at Glastonbury (I know - where have I been!)

We both love this CD, but argue over which one is best XX or Coexist?

Delivery not great, even though I paid for express delivery (Took 3 days, not 24 hours!!) but in good condition and no hassles really.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By belvoirman on 12 Sept. 2012
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The XX had a stunning debut album released when they were still in their teens which saw them emerge with a unique sound fully formed apparently out of nowhere. That album was critically acclaimed , won the Mecury Music Prize, and was a commercial success subsequently selling over a million. The new follow up is in the same mould, but it is better produced, and vocals are now more to the fore. The characteristic sound is subtle beats and synthesisers, woven though with a slinky bass, and shimmery spiderlike guitar. The arrangements are gentle and enchanting, subtley growing on you. The mood is generally downbeat, lyrics highlight fears of relationships falling apart. Romy Madley Croft's vocals remind me at times of Tracy Thorn's vocal style , they are clear, chilled, gorgeously executed, spine tingling, right from the stunning opener Angels. Second track Chained has a lovely duet with Oliver Sim, while track 3 ,Fiction has just Oliver singing. In general my favourite tracks are the slightly off kilter duets featuring both Romy and Oliver beautifully complementing each other. The third band member Jamie Smith is a production whizz kid, in demand by others, who is responsible for their blissed out subtle music, leaving plenty of space in the arrangements. Try is another duet track, while Reunion stands out as being a bit different with subtle organic steel pans taking the place of the usual synthesiser. Most of the tracks are only just over 3 minutes, and the album glides by, creating a lovely ambience . I am sure this will be another big hit and a strong contender for album of the year . Such brilliance from a trio of 23 year olds , who go on from strength to strength, great stuff.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Milne on 1 Nov. 2012
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I like the XX I really do. Or maybe I should say I really want to like them. Lyrically this album is as strong if not stronger than their first one but it is not as musically memorable. When I listen to there is whole swathes of it when I tune out - somewhere between the end of Fiction (the third track) and the last one. Suddenly it's the end of the album and I can't remember much of what came in between. There are no standout tracks like VCR, Crystalised, Islands, Heart Skipped A Beat or Basic Space on this second album. Just odd spooky music that lulls, swirls and beeps rather than makes you sit up and take notice. The music is too sparse on this album. On the first one the spare nature of the music didn't matter because (a) this way of doing music was pretty new to us so it had novelty value and (b) there was enough good tunes to fill out the sparseness. But this time they get caught out - we've heard it all before and unfortunately what we get is a music lite version of the XX's first album. Which means that this album is very lite indeed.

But lyrically the XX are brilliant - charting and expressing the complexities and pain of relationships and love (especially love gone sour) like no other band. If only they could have created better music to go along with the insights and poetry then they would have made a classic album.

Oh well roll on the third one. This one is not a bad album it just doesn't blow you away or make you feel that the XX have developed any new musical ideas or direction.
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