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    Hurts: Exile

    Mon Apr 29

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    Local Natives: Hummingbird

    Mon Feb 4

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    The Rolling Stones: GRRR!

    Fri Jan 11

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    David Jacobson: Come Around Again!

    Wed Dec 12

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    Devalued: Plagues

    Fri Dec 7

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    Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

    Tue Dec 4

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    Grizzly Bear: Shields

    Fri Nov 30

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    Deftones: Koi No Yokan

    Tue Nov 27

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    Levek: Look a Little Closer

    Thu Nov 15

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    The Killers: Battle Born

    Mon Nov 12

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    Andrew Bird: Hands of Glory

    Fri Nov 2

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    Chelsea Wolfe: Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs

    Fri Oct 19

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    Converge: All We Love We Leave Behind

    Wed Oct 10

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    The Mountain Goats: Transcendental Youth

    Tue Oct 9

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    Roadkill Ghost Choir: Quiet Light

    Thu Oct 4

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    Muse: The 2nd Law

    Wed Oct 3

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    Lupe Fiasco: Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1

    Thu Sep 27

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    The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Meat and Bone

    Thu Sep 27

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    The Vaccines: Come of Age

    Mon Sep 24

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    Bob Dylan: Tempest

    Tue Sep 18

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    Swans: The Seer

    Wed Sep 12

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    The xx: Coexist

    Tue Sep 11

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    Wild Nothing: Nocturne

    Mon Sep 10

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    Animal Collective: Centipede Hz

    Fri Sep 7

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    Circa Survive: Violent Waves

    Wed Sep 5

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    Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: Mature Themes

    Tue Sep 4

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    Krallice: Years Past Matter

    Fri Aug 31

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    Overdue for Review: Beach Boys through Woody Guthrie

    Mon Aug 27

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    Teengirl Fantasy: Tracer

    Fri Aug 24

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    Bloc Party: Four

    Thu Aug 23

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    Xibalba: Hasta La Muerte

    Tue Aug 21

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    Praything: Her Skin Caught the Glow EP

    Mon Aug 13

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    Regina Spektor: What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

    Wed Aug 8

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    Nas: Life is Good

    Mon Aug 6

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    Nachtmystium: Silencing Machine

    Fri Aug 3

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    Purity Ring: Shrines

    Tue Jul 31

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    Frank Ocean: Channel Orange

    Mon Jul 23

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    Alexander & The Grapes: Hemispheres

    Fri Jul 20

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    Baroness: Yellow & Green

    Wed Jul 18

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    Aesop Rock: Skelethon

    Tue Jul 17

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    Metric: Synthetica

    Fri Jul 13

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    Gasoline Heart: Thanks For Everything

    Thu Jul 12

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    Agalloch: Faustian Echoes

    Wed Jul 11

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    GRANT: Beat Tape Vol. 1

    Mon Jul 9

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    Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel...

    Sat Jul 7

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    Hundred Waters: Hundred Waters

    Fri Jul 6

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    Carrousel: 27 rue de mi'chelle

    Mon Jul 2

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    Joey Bada$$: 1999

    Wed Jun 27

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    Motion City Soundtrack: Go

    Mon Jun 25

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    The Tallest Man on Earth: There's No Leaving Now

    Fri Jun 22

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    Waka Flocka Flame - Triple F Life: Friends, Fans, & Family

    Fri Jun 22

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    Cold Specks: I Predict A Graceful Expulsion

    Fri Jun 22

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    2:54: 2:54

    Wed Jun 20

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    Curren$y: The Stoned Immaculate

    Tue Jun 19

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    Paul Simon: Graceland (25th anniversary reissue)

    Mon Jun 18

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    Golden Curls: Warm Fiction

    Fri Jun 15

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    Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: Here

    Fri Jun 15

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    A Blaze in the Southern Sky:
    10 Best Metal Albums of 2012 . . . So Far

    Mon Jun 11

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    Burzum: Umskiptar

    Mon Jun 11

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    Japandroids: Celebration Rock

    Fri Jun 8

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    Crocodiles: Endless Flowers

    Wed Jun 6

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    The Dropp's 25 Best Albums of 2012 . . . So Far

    Mon Jun 4

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    Sigur Rós: Valtari

    Fri Jun 1

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    The Walkmen: Heaven

    Thu May 31

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    Overdue for Review: Bowerbirds through Toro y Moi

    Tue May 29

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    The Cribs: In the Belly of the Brazen Bull

    Fri May 25

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    Kimbra: Vows

    Fri May 25

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    Hands: Massive Context EP

    Thu May 24

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    Santigold: Master of My Make-Believe

    Wed May 23

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    Best Coast: The Only Place

    Mon May 21

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    My Bloody Valentine: Loveless (reissue)

    Fri May 18

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    Pseudo Kids: Stay Glad EP

    Thu May 17

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    B.O.B: Strange Clouds

    Wed May 16

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    Beach House: Bloom

    Tue May 15

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    mewithoutYou: Ten Stories

    Mon May 14

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    Silversun Pickups: Neck of the Woods

    Fri May 11

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    Off!: Off!

    Tue May 8

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    Father John Misty: Fear Fun

    Fri May 4

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    Death Grips: The Money Store

    Thu May 3

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    Jack White: Blunderbuss

    Wed May 2

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    Reptar: Body Faucet

    Tue May 1

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    Spiritualized: Sweet Heart Sweet Light

    Thu Apr 26

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    Miike Snow: Happy to You

    Mon Apr 23

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    Battles: Dross Glop

    Fri Apr 20

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    Rusko: Songs

    Wed Apr 18

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    High on Fire: De Vermis Mysteriis

    Fri Apr 13

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    Bear In Heaven: I Love You, It's Cool

    Mon Apr 9

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    Tanlines: Mixed Emotions

    Wed Mar 28

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    Ear Dropps Come Lately

    Mon Mar 26

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    Odd Future: The OF Tape Vol. 2

    Fri Mar 23

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    Drudkh: Eternal Turn of the Wheel

    Wed Mar 21

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    The Shins: Port of Morrow

    Mon Mar 19

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    The Men: Open Your Heart

    Fri Mar 16

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    The Decemberists: We All Raise Our Voices to the Air

    Thu Mar 15

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    Fri Mar 9

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    Damien Jurado: Maraqopa

    Wed Mar 7

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    Mark Lanegan Band: Blues Funeral

    Tue Feb 21

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    Earth: Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II

    Mon Feb 20

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    Fionn Regan: 100 Acres of Sycamore

    Tue Feb 14

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The xx: Coexist

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The xx - Coexist review




     
          Young Turks // 2012
          Dropped by Robert Miller




Music from this album
The xx: “Angels”
The xx: “Chained”

Like a modern-day The Cure for hip, indie pundits, The xx’s 2009 debut album surprised and surpassed most people’s expectations beyond belief and seemingly manifested in thin air. Not even realizing that we wanted a Cure-esque comeback with a Burial-esque beat, xx curated an emotional resonance that was simultaneously unattainable and gravely personal. Garnering a number of year-end spots, including No. 1 in The Guardian and No. 2 in NME, The xx’s dual vocals of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim, Jamie Smith (much better known as Jamie xx) and the—somehow—lesser known Baria Qureshi struck quickly and diligently with their debut. It’s been over three years now, and fans have long anticipated a follow-up, but one bated horror rested on everyones lips: “sophomore slump.” Most wondered if the moody, near-gothic teenagers would fall for the trappings of a highly anticipated follow-up, and now with Coexist fans are getting a good idea.

Coexist definitely isn’t a sophomore slump, but it’s not exactly a triumphant return, either. Stripping themselves of their already minimal sheen, The xx venture into even more nominally basic musical territory. Much like Sigur Rós’ return to ambient form this year with Valtari, Coexist is almost a test to see how few plucked strings, struck chords or distant synthesizer echoes can justify the definition of a song. The signature buttery smooth bass line is still present throughout this album, and so are Madley Croft and Sim’s reliable call-and-response vocals. Yet still, even most of the band’s already renowned elements tend to fizzle out rather than explode with subdued passion like they did before. “Tides” is one of the first songs that ditches the glum melancholy for a groovy funk bass line that will have you nodding your head and swaying along as you listen, rather than soothe you to sleep. But even their singles, such as “Angels,” are these short ambient drones that never seem to culminate into the same emotional candor that the band exemplified before. They sizzle, crack, squirm and eventually cut off short with little to no flourish.

Even Madley Croft’s mesmerizing croon can’t hold on to some of the lyrical content this time around. Where xx felt dangerous, mysterious and poetically concrete, Coexist feels more quaint and safe in its vaguely trivial talk of relationships. “They would be / As in love with you as I am,” she sings in a repetitive refrain on “Angels” before finishing with, “In love, love, love.” And on the eerie “Try,” Croft and Sim sing together, “You know the way I / Can’t resist you, I / Said to myself I’d try”; so, if someone asks you, “Can you show me the song about love and / or relationships?” well, let’s just say you’ve got options.

The ambience of Coexist isn’t without its drone-lovers’ glee. There’s still something to be said about the space that exists between each note that speaks more than all of the world’s vaguest lyrical content. On “Unfold,” as dreamy pianos eventually fade out and then a somewhat distant bass breaks in with a suddenness, it’s a shivering effect. “Swept Away” is one of the sweetest and most endearing tracks on the second half of this album, courting with true dream pop buzz.

One thing that’s changed with the band since their debut album is that Baria Qureshi left. Not only that, she left in a manner that had Croft describing it as a “divorce.” Qureshi seems to be the only one from the band who never made a name for herself, but considering the steep change from xx to Coexist, process of elimination would have most guessing that she contributed more to The xx’s chemistry and progress than we originally thought. Whether they’re feeling the loss of that fourth member, or it’s simply a change for the sake of change, something just doesn’t feel right on Coexist.

This is certainly an album that deserves return listens, though. The name that these Londoners made for themselves so suddenly and unassumingly in 2009 alone is what makes Coexist worthy of more than just one fleeting try. They took a pretty big gamble by not necessarily giving us xx: Part II, and whether or not it paid off is still up for interpretation.

I have always lived by the mantra that, sometimes, less is more; and apparently The xx think that way too. But in the case of Coexist, when “Our Song” rumbles along softly and carefully, stopping just before the end of the proper note, I simply find myself wanting more.

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Watch the wavering, psychedelic visual for the single “Chained” below:

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