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CD review: Coexist (The XX)
CD review: Coexist (The XX)

THE XX

Coexist

Young Turks/ Remote Control

3.5 stars

Instead of trying to express themselves in new, exciting ways for their second album, the xx have stuck to what they know best.

Coexist is a lesson in restraint, carrying the same soft R&B- influenced minimalism present in the trio's star-making debut.

There are some new influences that quietly creep in, namely a stripped-down, brooding take on club music. You can hear it in the accelerated bass lines and synth lines of Sunset and Swept Away.

The band displays emotional resonance few have, especially in first track Angels, where Romy Madley-Croft sings of all-consuming love. This LP requires multiple, close listens to succumb to its darkly seductive charms.