Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Clean indie CD covers emotional breakup ground.

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Positive Messages

No overly positive or negative messages, though many emotionally heavy lyrics about the end of a romantic relationship.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Anyone, good or bad, can feel pain when they're no longer in a relationship with someone they once cared about.


Some very light references to sleeping together: "I woke up alone."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that that Coexist is a generally clean album, containing no graphic language or allusions to sex, substances, or violence. While the subject matter can be a bit melancholy and brooding at times ("I saw you again, it felt like we had never met / It's like the sun set in your eyes and never wanted to rise"), the record is an OK pick for older tweens and teens.

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Kid, 10 years old January 26, 2013

The xx's Coexist

I absolutely LOVE this album! I listen to it all the time! It's a great album! Nothing's innapropriate.
Teen, 15 years old Written byvioletflames October 4, 2012

Wish I had discovered them sooner :)

I discovered The Xx a few weeks ago and they are quickly becoming one of my new favorite bands. Their music is so calming and sounds amazing! There is nothing i... Continue reading

What's the story?

"COEXIST" is the second full-length record from British indie pop band The xx. Consisting of a girl and two guys, the trio's music gained traction after being sampled by Rihanna in her song "Talk That Talk."

Is it any good?

The slow, melancholy sound of Coexist fits its heavy lyrical mood. With vocal duties split between female singer Romy Croft and the two guys in the band, the tracks have a quality that's at once sad and lovely.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to cope when an important relationship in your life hits bumps in the road.

  • What are some of the warning signs of a relationship that's on the rocks?

  • When you're having problems with someone you care for, what are some things you can do to try to work things out before they reach the breaking point? Who can you talk to about your concerns?

Music details

  • Artist: The xx
  • Release date: September 11, 2012
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Young Turks
  • Genre: Indie Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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