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  • Vinyl (10 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
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This special deluxe edition of the XX's second album Coexist includes 180 gram Heavyweight vinyl & CD versions of the album in a die-cut gatefold Sleeve, along with a 24 page 12" booklet.

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.

--Fraser McAlpine

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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Sept. 2012
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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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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.
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I love this album almost as much as Amazon loves not paying tax. The tunes are solid, unlike the morals and ethics of Amazon, which are flaky.
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Sorry, this one just doesn't do it for me. Their first album was a blend of dark, sparse indie pop and electronic beats, with hints of everything from The Cure to the Cocteau Twins via dub and trip-hop. With this second album they seem to have focused on the vibe but forgotten to write any good tunes along the way. The opening track is a rather limp affair (with which they also opened their live show, which I saw last week) which fails to set up any sense of promise, and which quickly dissolves into a succession of ambient, mellow mood tracks, none of which comes anywhere near a catchy hook or infectious melody (both things their first album had plenty of). The best thing on here is Swept Away, but even that just drifts by without really going anywhere.

I enjoyed their live show in support of this album, but the difference between the new songs and the old songs was palpable, and one could sense the entire audience becoming bored during long sections of the show where there were more strategic silences than melodic rushes to stimulate the audience.

No hit singles will mean the XX descend into cult-hood, I reckon, unless they come up with something special for album 3.
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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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