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#21: The xx - Coexist

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Where the 2008 debut from the xx was playfully coy, Coexist simply aches. There are subtleties between the two, but the framework of minimal instrumentation for maximum impact is still in place. When the atmospheric samples and beats begin each new track, it is the pounding isolation that sounds strangely inviting and eerily familiar. Whispering duets take turns and get tangled in the gaps between the sparse guitar plucks and provocative bass. Each track has its own concern at hand and initially there is always a greater hope. Not unlike the passionate relationships discussed throughout, the songs invariably end with no desired outcome and the chilly, sudden quiet after the door clicks shut.

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