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What can I say about The XX? Until recently I had never heard of them until a friend pointed me in their direction. Well all I can say is that I can't believe how I missed out on hearing this band's wonderful songs complete with amazing lyrics!
Let's get this straight from the very beginning, Coexist is not background music! If you are going to listen to any XX album then sit down and relax, either with your headphones on, so you are not interrupted, or maybe while on a long bus journey where you really want some time to yourself!
Writing about this album is the same as listening to it, you can't fail to be moved by it and if you don't think it is any good then I would say you have no soul. Strong words? Maybe so, but I challenge you to disagree with me after you have listened to it.
From the haunting start of "Angels" through to my personal favourite "Our Song" there is not a weak track on this album and no matter what your situation in life you will find a lyric somewhere that really strikes a chord.
The best thing for you to do now would be to finish reading this review and go out and get yourself a copy of Coexist, you certainly won't regret it! It is certainly rare for such a record to produce this much emotion, for me anyway, and I am sure you will feel the same once you listen to it.
All in all, one of the albums of the year.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
10 Swept Away
11 Our Song