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TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 10 September 2012
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?) wraps its hands round your guts and
pulls something quite remarkably moving out of the depths; the deliberately
measured unison entreaties of 'Tides' (the absence of harmony is a surprising
strength); the fragile, fractured but nonetheless uplifting progress of
'Swept Away' and the beautifully simple and simply beautiful final track
'Our Song' all prove beyond doubt that this fiercely talented ensemble are
here for the long haul. This is an experience to savour and truly treasure.

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on 19 January 2016
The package arrived around a week late. The external transparent plastic case was in poor conditions - all crumpled and bent.

The album itself is ok (sort of). Definitely not as good as the debut. It reminds me of previous tracks like Fantasy and Shelter (the weakest in "xx", btw). Here in Italy we'd call this "moscio": I think "wimpy" gives the idea.

There are a few great tracks that for me were worth the purchase, like "Fiction" and "Sunset". But, like a great Italian song says, "Tutto il resto è noia".
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on 28 November 2012
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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on 10 September 2012
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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on 4 September 2013
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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on 12 September 2012
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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on 1 November 2012
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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on 21 February 2013
The XX never fails to put you in a relaxed and chilled mood. That's why I love them! I also enjoy the way their songs are composed beautifully with the bass, drums and guitar. If you liked their last album because of the reasons I've given, you'll definitely like this Album too.
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on 8 November 2012
Though there were just a few good tracks on the previous album I had high hopes for this one. And I was right! The lyrics are brilliant and the songs are passionate, original and with perfectly formed instrumentals! If you want a melodic album to reflect with, this is for you!
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on 2 November 2012
Having really enjoyed the first album from the xx, I was a little worried that this wouldn't meet my expectations. I was so wrong! This is such a lovely album, Angels has been well played on radio stations but the standout song is definitely 'Try'. So worth buying this.
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