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10 Sep 2012

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Swept Away
Our Song

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  • Original Release Date: 10 Sep 2012
  • Label: Young Turks
  • Copyright: 2012 Young Turks/XL Recordings
  • Total Length: 37:12
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  • ASIN: B0094YPK1M
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,197 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Pleasures Beyond Measure 10 Sep 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Naomi
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Firstly, I'll just point out I had a little trouble receiving the CD, after it had well passed its estimated delivery time. But after an e-mail to Amazon, it was sorted within 24 hours, and I'm very happy with the Customer Service. So, thank-you, Amazon.

Now, to the CD. On first listen, sure, it does sound very similar to The XX's debut album 'XX', with their signature music in the background.
You could very easily glide from one album to the other without realising it's switched.
But, I have given this a good few listens, and I would say the key to really enjoying this album, is not concentrating on the similarities, but to really listen to the lyrics.
I can't quite describe the lyrics without sounding cliché, so here goes nothing with the predictable adjectives. When you really listen, the words float to your ear drums in a sweet, beautiful and often melancholic way.
Once I'd really taken the words on board, I can now enjoy this album for what it is. I particularly enjoy Missing, Chained and Our Song.

I do hope, for the future of The XX, that any of their future work will be a little more experimental and diverse.

Not as good as their first, but gets a comfortable 4/5 from me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Vinyl production 17 Sep 2012
By A. Fox
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
As far as the album itself goes I'm reserving judgement until I've listened to it more, but initial impressions are that it doesn't compare to the first album.

As a vinyl fan however, I bought the Vinyl+CD Deluxe Edition and the extra cash spent for vinyl was a complete waste! The tracks are quite bass heavy, so this really should have been a double album - instead the dynamic range has been compressed and as a result sounds bland compared to the CD.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars similar...only far less memorable 21 Sep 2012
Format:MP3 Download

Like the debut, this one is front loaded with the better material. The debut had a reasonable first 4 songs (12 minutes) but then become too pedestrian and wishy-washy, and this too suffers from wishy-washiness. The first 4 and a half songs manage to at least keep me (sort of) interested, but then Reunion with it's repetitious lyric starts getting on my wick. The first half of the album has some ok knob-twiddling going on, but with repeated listens even these reasonable soundscapes lose their ealier sparkle. The rest of the album is instantly forgettable and exposes the lack of depth and ideas. I'd be surprised if any of these tracks are used to death on tv and radio promos like intro, islands et al.
Oh, and the dippy lyrical content does it no favours either - are you trying a bit of singing or just kind of talking?
Love you too. xx
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5.0 out of 5 stars xx 18 Feb 2014
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I loved their first album and this is just as good. It has been accompanying me on my journey to and from work for the past 6 months and I am still not tired of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric 9 Feb 2014
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
I saw the XX on Jools Holland and then 18 months later heard this while sitting in a barbers chair. I remembered I had seen them on TV so bought the album. It is very atmospheric. The guitars remind me of 'The Unforgettable Fire' by U2 from the eighties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl for the win 31 Jan 2014
Bought the album for a friend, but I already knew she loved it. Owning a vinyl copy of this is substantial.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album 5 Jan 2014
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Bought this for my hubbie but have listened to it myself a lot. really good, ambient, great vocals and rhythms.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I am a huge fan of the XX. I love every single song in this album. The CD is of great quality too.
Published 3 months ago by Eleanor
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album!
Big fan of The XX since the first album. All I can say is that this album is awesome. =)
Published 3 months ago by Daniel Tintino
5.0 out of 5 stars great
We thoroughly enjoyed this order, thank you for providing a good product to us. Well done and thank you! Great
Published 4 months ago by M. J. Lock
5.0 out of 5 stars Coexist
My favourite XX album, so chill and absolute genius! Plays perfectly on the record player- highly recommended! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars brill
This is a brill relaxing cd - it is my favourite of the two I have of the xx - great to have on in the background when relaxing too
Published 5 months ago by Susan Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This CD
Bought it for my other half's birthday after seeing them on TV at Glastonbury (I know - where have I been! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Miss L J Bostock
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't stand this... blame Vodafone!
I love the XX's debut album and was immensely looking forward to buying this, their second long-player: however, after spending 3 hours on the phone to Vodafone last month, with... Read more
Published 8 months ago by StevieJacks
5.0 out of 5 stars Coexist
First saw The XX on television at Glastonbury and loved their music. Very haunting with simple melodies yet it stays with you evoking memories of your own.
Published 8 months ago by Helen Edwyn-Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars good second album
Although their first album remains my favourite I can say this album has it's own little gems. Completely haunting vocals and beautiful arrangements.
Published 8 months ago by Stickers71
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