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The xx - Coexist

Released: 10/09/2012 XL Recordings
Their 2009 debut managed that rare feat of gaining both artistic credibility and commercial success, with time on the playlists of Radio 1 and 6music. Coexist is the first new xx material since, and single ‘Angels' suggests their trademark blend of moody R&B and nocturnal, minimalist pop has been little affected by their three years in the spotlight. For more information visit: http://thexx.info/ Buy: http://www.xlrecordings.com/thexx Watch:
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MusicOMH“It feels like it could have been better...” It just washes over you without leaving a trace. It's always high quality, assembled with a craftsman's eye for gorgeously unfussy detail, but it can leave you unengaged. It's soporific, far from unpleasantly...
 
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Pitchfork“Moves from one song to the next like a slow-rolling fog...” It's hard not to be disappointed given what came before, but the xx are still a special band, and time could possibly be kinder to their second LP as its place within a longer career comes into focus...
 
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Clash Music“A meticulously controlled aural environment...” Often evokes memories of Everything But The Girl at their prime, the interplay of Croft and Oliver Sim as symbiotic as that of Thorn and Watt. While the lyrics are a little lacking, the sonics remain impressive enough to divert attention...
 
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The Independent“Underneath the surface, it's all raging emotions...” These are songs poised on the cusp of dawn, after long nights of soul-searching. It's an album that tracks the obsessions and antipathies of romance with forensic detail. Deceptively uneasy listening at times, but worth the effort...
 
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BBC“On a first spin, little might appear to have changed...” 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...
 
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Guardian“A low-key triumph...” For the most part Coexist's songs are defined as much by space as by sound. The gaps bring greater emphasis to the spidery guitar lines, the occasional steel pan, the distant icicles of piano, and the voices of Romy Madley-Croft and Oliver Sim...
 
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The Telegraph“The xx still do silence better than anyone...” Coexist may not sound as dramatically original as their debut but it is every bit as other-worldly, like eavesdropping on intimate conversations between forlorn lovers on a space station orbiting around a distant planet...
 
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The Observer“There are great leaps forward if you listen closely...” Coexist is yet another barely there album in which the dawn seems far away – but it's hard to imagine anyone minding, so compelling is their signature sound....
 
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Drowned In Sound“An intensely wind-torn and wounded album...” The xx achieve what all artists dream of, short-circuiting their brains to directly connect emotion with expression. Love and loss as synesthesia, a molten collage of sounds sparking and fizzing onto every second of every song...
 
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