The XX are a major force in the elite group of Indie artists that play what I refer to as “make-out core”. You know, slow, dreamy, nocturnal vibes awash with pretty synth tones and muted guitar lines with whispery, breathy vocals. Other members: Sigur Ros, Beach House, and The Postal Service.
The self-titled debut album that XX put out in 2009 caused some major waves in the Indie music scene. Songs like VCR and Crystalized had a strange crossover appeal. They were played in every College dorm, alternative radio stations, the freakin’ American Apparel. Things were good for Jaime XX and crew. Three years later, they have returned to grace us with their presence.
So, have they dropped another gift upon our mortal world? Ehhhhh. Not really. It’s more like they just re-gifted their debut album. All the components that made their first album so fresh in 2009 are here. But in three years, we’ve gotten used to them. They’ve become played-out, over exposed. Pretty much all of the songs on here are not distinguishable from one another. I had that problem with their first album too. But multiple listens revealed layers upon layers. After about five listens to Coexist, the songs appear more bare-boned than ever.
This is not a bad album. It’s not a good album. It is simply just an album. and there-in lies the problem. We’ve heard this before.
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