The xx - Coexist

The xx - Coexist
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 30 reviews
2012 Rank: #108 / 780
USER SCORE
75
Based on
154 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. 

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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User Reviews
SiberianBreaks
37
After the debut, the xx release an unambitious album that even after multiple listens, I just can't recall many moments at all. A disappointing release and just so painfully bland. But yeah like always, the production is nice.

Favourite tracks: Chained, Fiction, Swept Away
JAM
53
A disappointing follow-up to their stunning debut. While it doesn't sound substantially different from what made their first album so ambitious, "Coexist" is watered down, less creative project that lacks the spark that made their debut impeccable. The songwriting sounds repetitive and boring which doesn't help with the dragging production on nearly all the tracks. The xx has the instruments to generated great sound/atmosphere, but once again fail to live up to its expectations. I ... read more
kennethlovesmus
91
another amazing album by the XX.
simpsonIan
80
A more-than-just-solid follow-up to their striking 2009 debut. If you fault COEXIST for not braving much new territory, then at least give the mega-talented duo cred for providing a sparkling rejuvenation to a facet of electro-pop that has been worked into the ground by far-less inspired acts. (Admittedly, I pondered: if the entire album had taken unexpected flight the way that the rapturous "Swept Away" does, COEXIST might have been one for the books.)
JustinSlick
78
Not exactly *bad* music, but after their s/t this is disappointing.
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DETAILS

September 11, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Young Turks / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
thexx.info / Website
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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 & Jop
# 25 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 31 - SPIN
# 32 - Spinner
# 17 - The Fly
# 8 - The Guardian
# 19 - Time Out London
# 20 - Uncut
MISC LISTS
# 6 - Insound
# 30 - Piccadilly Records
# 17 - Pitchfork Readers
Track List
  1. Angels
  2. Chained
  3. Fiction
  4. Try
  5. Reunion
  6. Sunset
  7. Missing
  8. Tides
  9. Unfold
  10. Swept Away
  11. Our Song
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