The Edge’s Top 10 Albums of 2012: #7

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The xx – Coexist

Released 10th September 2012, Young Turks

The British trio’s debut won the Mercury Music Prize in 2010 but the band didn’t disappoint with their follow-up. Debuting at number one on the UK Albums Chart, the album also sparked success with the singles ‘Angels’ and ‘Chained.’

Statistics:

  • 23% of contributors included the album in their top ten
  • Of those, 29% ranked the album in their top three

Dan Flynn, Edge Head of Relations (ranked the album #3):

Rather than depart from the reserved, intricate sound that formed their 2009 debut, for their second album The xx instead chose to do the impossible and develop upon perfection by creating Coexist, an infinitely intriguing work of moderation. Despite the whispered vocals of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim making up the ever-alluring body of the album, it is prodigy Jamie Smith who takes the position of its heart. Gifted with an ability to continually create unique and fresh music akin to the Midas touch, his sparse production delicately connects Coexist’s 11 tracks together like a minimalist symphony straight from the future.

Accolades:

  • Ranked #8 on Gigwise’s “Albums of the Year” list
  • Ranked #8 on The Guardian’s “Best Albums of 2012” list
  • Ranked #13 on MOJO’s “Top 20 Albums of 2012” list

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