The xx – Coexist

Over the three years since their debut album The xx, a trio based in London made up of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith, has become more and more popular. Slowly but surely they have gained fans who have enjoyed their music and could relate to their brand of teenage angst. The pop band is now out with their sophomore album Coexist and it demonstrates that the band has matured greatly over that time. Whereas they were the type who sang of love and broken hearts they have now become a band who sings of life after heartbreak. There is light at the end of their romantic tunnel. A clear picture of what they want to communicate is created with their lyrics. It is still all about love 24/7 but with a more positive twist. The two singers, Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sims, never use their full power or even raise their voices above a soft, pleasant coo. They play well off of each other. Soundwise it is very similar to their first album with very sparse instrumentation while supplementing that with beaucoup de reverb. While their sound really hasn’t really changed it has become better. The strongest tracks on the album are “Angels”, “Fiction” and “Reunion”.

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