Coexist (Young Turks)
Reviewed by Luke Winkie, Fri., Oct. 26, 2012
The XXCoexist (Young Turks)
Like 11 beautifully silent machines working in perfect harmony, the XX's eponymous 2009 debut became irreplaceable. Londoners Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, and Jamie Smith fused together the perfect number of notes and turned them into a modern classic of illusive singularity. Coexist doesn't have an enviable position as The Next Statement, but it's armed with the same effective weaponry. Croft's guitar still points down, plucked in skeletal fragments alongside the steadfast pulses of Smith's not-so-bloodless electronics. "You felt like you really knew me, now it feels like you see through me," whispers Sim at the end of "Sunset." The three years between discs haven't made him any less fragile. Hard to imagine that the XX could construct a quieter album than the first, but that's what Coexist manages. The first-time poetry of the debut will always be more earthshaking, but the softer, silkier, and more tender Coexist proves the trio can be just as memorable in repeat doses.
Luke Winkie, Fri., May 24, 2013
Abby Johnston, Fri., May 24, 2013
Doug Freeman, Fri., May 24, 2013
Chase Hoffberger, Fri., May 24, 2013
Kevin Curtin, Fri., May 24, 2013
True Believers at Antone's
at The Scoot Inn
Lady for a Day at Paramount Theatre
Film Review Misses Mark Please make a note not to print any more movie reviews of big action movies by Kimberley Jones. She gets ...
What's the Big Deal? I'm baffled by this obsession with Mueller. I drove through it out of curiosity and it's a suburban nightmare that ...
No Mystery in School Bond Failures How out of touch has the Chronicle become with the voting populace of this city? From the article “Bonds: Death ...
Program Is Vital Resource I am responding to your article on ACCESS News, the program by and for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. The ...
Finding Rail Route Complicated Michael King, in “The Reading Railroad”, while making valuable points, seems to state that finding an initial route for urban ...
- Follow us@AustinChronicle