• Record Label: XL
  • Release Date: Sep 11, 2012
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 119 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 119

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  1. 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, 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 firstWell 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. Expand
  2. 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 worthwhile. This record sounds lazy and bored. I imagine the band felt the same while making this.
  3. Sep 17, 2012
    1
    While their debut album was brilliant in its minimal, laid-back approach, Coexist lacks that charm as it repeats every trick used by the band before. It's boring, predictable and safe. Creativity has left the room. Is that the album we've been waiting for? Sounds like demos from the first album. XX? More like ZZz...
  4. Oct 21, 2012
    1
    I find it incredibly hard to be unenthusiastic about this album. This is the most boring unmemorable music in years, and to think of the rave reviews and excitement dedicated to this mundane record is even more surprising. How did the world make this band matter? Search for something more exciting and soulful than what Pitchfork is in love with.
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79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. Oct 25, 2012
    78
    Hard to imagine that the XX could construct a quieter album than the first, but that's what Coexist manages. The first-time poetry of the debut will always be more earthshaking, but the softer, silkier, and more tender Coexist proves the trio can be just as memorable in repeat doses.
  2. Oct 22, 2012
    80
    While album three may require a reboot from The XX, that's for another day. Right now, when it comes to fusing indie rock and dance, no one pulls it off quite as elegantly.
  3. They add up to a song cycle with a happy ending--the joy of which may grow in wisdom or crumble back toward nothingness tomorrow.