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on 17 September 2012
It's difficult to review this objectively, largely due to the excellence of "the XX"; if there were no eponymous album, then this would be a fine piece of understated, melodic, music. As it is, it feels very much like a conservative rerun of the first album, but slightly less well constructed as a whole, and slightly less subtle in terms of the use of shock-bass (altogether more in-yer-face rhythms this time). the net result, to paraphrase Dave Brailsford, through the aggregation of marginal disappointments, is far less impressive than the first album. it shows what a clever piece that was, given how minimal and spare, yet lush, it ended up.
So, let's imagine you're trying to work out whether to buy "coexist." Here's the questions to ask yourself:
Have you owned an XX album before?
No, well, buy the eponymous album, it's the better one by far.
Yes, it's the eponymous album.
Did you like it?
No, then don't bother with this, it's basically the same sort of thing with a few new noises in it.
Yes, well, better play it twice, 'cos it's rather better than this one, and there's nothing new here to waste your money on.
Altogether, a bit disappointing.