Coexist

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  • Summary: The second release for the British indie pop band was inspired by club music.
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  1. Positive: 38 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. The world adored the xx's Mercury Prize-winning debut album xx. Coexist is, if anything, an even finer piece of work.
  2. Uncut
    Sep 14, 2012
    90
    Coexist is a masterpiece. [Oct 2012, p.80]
  3. The end result is a quieted, more suppressed record that steps delicately from one note to the next and shines even more of a spotlight on the twin vocal sentiments of longing and crumbled romance.
  4. Sep 5, 2012
    80
    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.
  5. 75
    At a certain point, the xx need to turn off that reverb pedal and learn to sing above a whisper - but I'll be damned if they haven't worked their magic again.
  6. Sep 10, 2012
    70
    This album certainly sounds more produced, but the band's investment in studio time mostly means sighing washes of prismatic reverb rather than a new architecture of synths and drums. Still, many of the album's best moments are its most... well, not beat-driven, but beat-bedazzled.
  7. Sep 12, 2012
    40
    Where xx was an album that got its hooks in you, Coexist becomes a somnolent atmosphere-in-itself, in which hooks are conspicuous by their absence. It all works best when the tempo rises (relatively speaking), as on "Tides" and "Swept Away;" still, the pulse races placidly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Sep 11, 2012
    10
    In the end, Coexist is a love letter, simple, honest and beautiful. "Missing", the album's finest track, you hear Oliver more passionate thatIn the end, Coexist is a love letter, simple, honest and beautiful. "Missing", the album's finest track, you hear Oliver more passionate that ever, the emotion in his voice is truly captivating. Expand
  2. Feb 15, 2013
    9
    First, when listening to this album you must take it for what it is. It is mellow and soulful. Jamie xx's reverb-filled melodies fill out eachFirst, when listening to this album you must take it for what it is. It is mellow and soulful. Jamie xx's reverb-filled melodies fill out each song without forcing the song down your throat. The album allows the reader to easily engage and connect with the music, particularly songs such as "chained" or "angels" which, in particular, manage to evoke an emotional response Expand
  3. Sep 5, 2015
    9
    While more mellow than the debut, it is just as honest. In some ways, I think I actually like this more than their self-titled. Unfortunately,While more mellow than the debut, it is just as honest. In some ways, I think I actually like this more than their self-titled. Unfortunately, it is best listened to in parts at the time. The songs can run together if listened to all at once. "Sunset," "Angel," and "Missing" are the stand outs, imo. Get it. Expand
  4. Sep 17, 2012
    7
    It's about time The xx made a second release. They created a sound with their debut album, which no one has yet to sound better than they do.It's about time The xx made a second release. They created a sound with their debut album, which no one has yet to sound better than they do. The xx's minimalist approach to their pop songs is what made them so unique. So it's only natural they do the same thing in their new record, Coexist. Although in Coexist, their songs are much more layered with lush ambiance and a sort of metallic sound to each track. It's what you'd expect from an xx album basically. These songs don't really jump out at me like they did in their debut, but give them some time and patience and they'll eventually leave you wanting more. All In All, The xx' Coexist may not have quite the impact their debut had, but it holds a solid punch and only shows that The xx are still growing as a band. B Expand
  5. Sep 28, 2012
    7
    There is a point where minimalism becomes less intricate and more boring, and this album sits right on that edge. They have taken what theyThere is a point where minimalism becomes less intricate and more boring, and this album sits right on that edge. They have taken what they were known for, stripped it even more & replaced it with the slightest house influences which has delivered both a delicate but eerie album. Expand
  6. Sep 13, 2012
    6
    Not much in terms of dynamic contrast, but if you're in need of a mellow album you could do much worse. The vocals and instrumentation is niceNot much in terms of dynamic contrast, but if you're in need of a mellow album you could do much worse. The vocals and instrumentation is nice and light. A high point is the track "Reunion". Expand
  7. Sep 13, 2012
    0
    **** boring. Don't waste your time thinking that this is something brilliant or epic. This album lacks everything that made their first album**** boring. Don't waste your time thinking that this is something brilliant or epic. This album lacks everything that made their first album worthwhile. This record sounds lazy and bored. I imagine the band felt the same while making this. Expand

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