The XX have wisely taken their time to conjure up a follow-up to their all-conquering debut album, and they start very tentatively on the sparse tones of "Angels", allowing Romy's fragile vocals to dominate. Things are not much rowdier on "Chained", although Jamie gets a chance to work a subtle ticking beat into the mix. Coexist is a blue-tinted record that revels in its own languid demeanour, from the tender guitar picks to the broad space in the production, not least on as downbeat a reflection as "Try". With the subject by and large that of heartache, it's little wonder it's such a melancholy journey.
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