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: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  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. Jun 1, 2013
    9
    As soon as I heard ‘Angels’ open the second album by The XX I was in love, by the time the record had come to a close with ‘Our Song’ I wasAs soon as I heard ‘Angels’ open the second album by The XX I was in love, by the time the record had come to a close with ‘Our Song’ I was head over heels and instantly played it again. At the stage I’m at now I’m in danger of over playing it, the reason being that it is quite simply beautiful. Taking the template of their debut and refining it is key here and it is as much an album of space as it is sound. Lyrically it’s the scribbling’s from the pages of a broken hearted teenage diary written by a philosopher and musically it can only be described as hauntingly minimal. Soft beats and even softer keys are barely present among the breathed vocals, this is trip hop turned down to one and makes Massive Attack sound positively fast. Unfortunately if you didn’t like their debut chances are you won’t find anything here that will change your mind, apart from the experimenting like steel drums on ‘Reunion’ it is pretty much the same thing. That said it is better and more mature like they have grown into their own sound and claimed it with confidence. My only real gripe with the record is the length, it is very short, but that said with the standard of what’s on offer here it is not really a big issue and to quote the title of David Eggers book this is still ‘A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius’. Expand
  3. Sep 29, 2012
    8
    The XX have added much needed emotion to their music. Some may like this others might not. I do! It's good music, like the 21st century Cure.The XX have added much needed emotion to their music. Some may like this others might not. I do! It's good music, like the 21st century Cure. This album is very engaging, and The XX have gone further with their sound in comparison with the first album. Expand
  4. Sep 19, 2012
    7
    The new album from The xx titled 'Coexist' is lovely sounding and has it's moments but overall this record is otherwise pretty forgettableThe new album from The xx titled 'Coexist' is lovely sounding and has it's moments but overall this record is otherwise pretty forgettable because it is all drowned out by beats and doesn't focus enough on the lyrics Expand
  5. Mar 5, 2015
    7
    I don't think Coexist is quite as good as their first album, but it still has some nice moments. This one is a lot more subdued andI don't think Coexist is quite as good as their first album, but it still has some nice moments. This one is a lot more subdued and introspective, so some of the songs aren't as memorable as I would like, but at the same time, I wouldn't say there's anything here that's bad. It's all a very consistent relaxing and melancholy mood, so I can see myself listening to this one a lot more. It would be better though if more songs had the same impact as Fiction or Swept Away, for example. 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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