Coexist (2012) Love songs aren't subtle. Everything about them is overblown: the emotions, the choruses, the superlatives. So it's exciting to hear the minimalist U.K. trio approach… 2012-09-11 The xx Electronic Young Turks
Music Review

Coexist (2012)

ALL LOVE The xx whisper delightful, sweet nothings in this album
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ALL LOVE The xx whisper delightful, sweet nothings in this album
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 11, 2012; Lead Performance: The xx; Genre: Electronic; Production: Young Turks

Love songs aren't subtle. Everything about them is overblown: the emotions, the choruses, the superlatives. So it's exciting to hear the minimalist U.K. trio approach their new-crush odes with such austerity in Coexist — just a few steady-droning Casios and an 808 rhythm that buh-bumps like a heartbeat. On opener ''Angels,'' Romy Madley-Croft repeats the word love like she's whispering in your ear, explaining what it's like to fall for someone. By the end, you'll know exactly how she feels. B+

Best Tracks:
Angels
Chained
Originally posted Sep 05, 2012 Published in issue #1224-1225 Sep 21, 2012 Order article reprints