Coexist

  • Record Label: XL
  • Release Date: Sep 11, 2012
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. Sep 14, 2012
    60
    While the xx allowed itself to get mildly playful on its debut album, those moments are stripped out on Coexist as the band further minimizes its already minimalist approach.
  2. 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.
  3. Sep 11, 2012
    60
    It's hard not to feel that one of the year's most anticipated releases only keeps you waiting and waiting for something more to happen.
  4. 60
    Deceptively uneasy listening at times, but worth the effort.
  5. Q Magazine
    Sep 6, 2012
    60
    The mood of their music often feels a little stuck, though. [Oct 2012, p.100]
  6. Sep 6, 2012
    50
    The end result is a record that feels phoned in. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.114]
  7. Sep 5, 2012
    60
    Of the album's few standout tracks, only "Fiction" comes close to eclipsing the half-dozen or so uptempo gems that populated the band's debut. What's left is a collection of richly crafted but idling songs in desperate need of some muscle.
  8. Sep 5, 2012
    60
    They perfect the formula occasionally - penultimate track 'Swept Away' matches its name, a pillow-soft cascade of plummy bass notes and piano house, across which their voices whisper like wind - but for much of Coexist they sound halting, nervous, afraid to push beyond the boundaries they've created around their sound.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 155 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »
  2. Sep 17, 2012
    5
    The xx delivered a remarkable album, full of delightful songs with an unique sound, in 2009.
    Coexist is still enjoyable, but it feels too
    The xx delivered a remarkable album, full of delightful songs with an unique sound, in 2009.
    Coexist is still enjoyable, but it feels too uninspired and empty, with an excess of reused ideas.
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  3. Oct 3, 2012
    3
    Well this album would be perfect for people going through depression or a break up. There is nothing in this album, unlike The xx's first one,Well this album would be perfect for people going through depression or a break up. There is nothing in this album, unlike The xx's first one, that makes you feel warm or happy. Not that an album needs to be always happy and cheerful - this new one is extremely boring. They're talented musicians and the sound is good, but the album is sad, lonely and repetitive. It sounded to me, on first listen, that it was all about "Don't leave me" and I though that track would never end - it didn't it was the whole album. Full Review »