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Coexist
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Coexist by The xx

The xx - Coexist
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 20 reviews
2012 Ranking: #136 / 708
USER SCORE
75
Based on
93 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Drowned in Sound

The xx lay out all of their pieces beautifully. There are no extraneous parts. Not a second that they didn’t intend.

91
Pretty Much Amazing

What could have been an overly ambitious sophomore effort is instead a concise, novella of an album that makes a deep impression and leaves a mark as it drifts away.

91
A.V. Club

Coexist presents a version of The xx that listeners will recognize, but cleans everything up a bit, subtly stretching and improving the formula that won acclaim. 

81
Beats Per Minute

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. 

80
Consequence of Sound

Coexist surges forward and retreats within itself more than its predecessor but still never breaks the surface, existing in the liminal space between a song and a thought.

80
The 405

The album is a testament to what makes them great artists: the ability to take influences and mix in some of their own original thought to create that signature sound.

80
NME

It hides more than ‘xx’ did, sneaking its miserable joys behind bare spaces, surprise time signatures and subtle dramas.

80
No Ripcord

Overall, it’s a successful return, and a record that demonstrates the success of their debut wasn’t a fluke and that The xx truly are masters of musical alchemy.

75
Pitchfork

The most appealing thing about this record is that this band, having created a brilliant and moving sound, returns to it again for another 38 minutes.

74
Paste

It’s a calculated tradeoff: use space and silence to heighten an album’s intimacy, lose some immediacy. 

70
FACT Magazine

Neither spectacular or deflating, Coexist is simply the sound of the xx, more or less just as we left it: minimalist, intuitive, romantic and enchanting.

70
musicOMH

It's a good follow-up, just not a great one. More annoyingly, it feels like it could have been better. 

70
The Line of Best Fit
60
PopMatters

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.

50
Under The Radar

Yes, it's as laid-back and relaxing as pop music can get, but the sparseness has transcended the band's aesthetic and wormed its way into their hitherto impressive creative oeuvre

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DETAILS

RELEASED: September 11, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Young Turks
GENRE: Indie Pop
WEBSITE: thexx.info
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 32 - AllMusic
# 33 - Beats Per Minute
# 17 - Clash
# 30 - DIY
# 47 - FACT Magazine
# 20 - FILTER
# 8 - Gigwise
# 13 - MOJO
# 14 - NME
# 19 - No Ripcord
# 34 - Obscure Sound
# 49 - Pazz and Jop
# 25 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 31 - SPIN
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# 17 - The Fly
# 8 - The Guardian
# 20 - Uncut
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Added on: June 1, 2012