Friday, September 21, 2012

The xx – Coexist (2012) – Review

Review: After the critical success of their first album (xx), The xx have returned with their sophomore follow up Coexist. The group is made up of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim (who both front the group) and Jamie Smith (who produces the songs as Jamie xx – he is maybe best known for producing Drake’s Take Care single).

Coexist is moody and frail. Much of it, musically, seems to fall within a specific tonal range. At times it drifts into the background, almost as a monotone hum. And yet, there is also an emotional power (especially in Croft’s voice – sort of a longing sadness). It draws the listener in with its best moments. Both singles, Angels and Chained, stand out above the rest of the album, but there are no bad songs. Jamie xx’s beats are also a strong component of the music. His drums drive the songs.

Fans of The xx will like this album. Casual fans will also find something here too, especially with the singles. It is worth checking out. 3/5

Essential Tracks:
1)      Angels
2)      Chained
3)      Tides

Available on CD and Digital Download

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