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Review: Coldplay; Mylo Xyloto

It's been a little under 2 years since the release of "Viva La Vida or Death and all His Friends". 2 years from creative juices to flow, to get the brain moving again. To move from a psychedelic rhythm to the next big thing. Now Coldplay are back, with their new album Mylo Xyloto. Yeah, I have no idea where the name came from either.

For those who don't know why I'm reviewing this, let me tell you. I'm a huge Coldplay fan and I have loved all of their work. I enjoy listening to Coldplay on a regular basis, especially when reading, as it just seems to relax me more. As with all bands I like, I eagerly anticipate the new albums, watch the release days like a hawk then listen to it religiously over and over again. But this album, though a fairly decent one, is lacking in something. It's lacking in something minor, but noticeable. It's lacking a hook.

The album kicks off with the title song, a 43 second opener, which sounds like the conception of God with a xylophone soundtrack. It's a smooth, slowing opener and sets the tone for the next track, "Hurts Like Heaven", which is an upbeat number. It flows from one line to the next, sweeping backwards and forwards. It's fairly speedy. For Coldplay at least, and is a great full length opener to have after 43 seconds of tripping out on something. Following this is "Paradise", a slower, slightly more orchestrated song, like the first song, only it kicks into something bassier a little bit in. It's a decent song, a very good song. It sounds generic yet you know you haven't heard it for a while. Even though it is the newest single. It's a smooth and easily likable song. One of my favourites from the album. "Charlie Brown" is next, and immediately, it sounds like it's been conducted underwater. The start of the song sounds kind of like something you'd hear from a mystical film or something like that. It follows the same style throughout the entirety of the song, and is again, one of my favourite songs from the album. "Us Against The World" is next, and sounds like a classic Coldplay song. Slow, deep and meaningful. It's a pure acoustic song, and is a great song to relax to. It's a great song to just listen to after a long day of working hard. Or hardly working. "M.M.I.X" (2009) is the follower to this, and is pretty much 49 seconds of filler. Something different. But almost instantly "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" follows on. This is my favourite song from the album. It's a great song and pretty much worth the download of the album. It's again "A Rush Of Blood To The Head" Coldplay, and is one of the more rock orientated numbers on the album. "Major Minus" next, and is again a rock track from the album. It's a decent song, and again makes the album worth the download. It isn't classic Coldplay, but I'm sure it will be one day. "U.F.O" is another acoustic track and is a slow paced, slightly mournful number. A generally slow, deep number. It's a break from the faster songs on the album. "Princess of China" sounds like an early 80's dance pop track, mixed in with rock and indie. It's a weird track. Good, but weird. It has a really deep bass backing track to it as well. First time I heard it, I was in a world of my own. I thought "Jesus, where the hell has this come from?". But it isn't half bad. It could be worse. "Up In Flames" is bassy as hell, it's a cross between Maroon 5 and Coldplay, and isn't a half bad track. Next is "A Hopeful Transmission", and is another rock track. It's a decent rock track, but definitely not my favourite. It could be such a better song, it leaves a lot more to be desired. "Don't Let It Break Your Heart" is another rock track, and at this point, the album is really flagging. It's not starting to sound generic. "Up With The Birds" sounds like it was written by Chris Martin when he was on LSD or weed or something. It's so far removed and slow. It's almost surreal how weird it sounds. Halfway through it sounds like they've recruited a whale to sing in it. And I don't mean a fat dude.

Overall the album is good. It doesn't pull you in though, and that's what I look for most in an album. It's certainly not a bad album, but it's not the best effort made by Coldplay. Not by a long shot. It could be better, but the fact is, it isn't. And that is disappointing. 
Review: Coldplay; Mylo Xyloto Review: Coldplay; Mylo Xyloto Reviewed by Matt Large on Tuesday, November 01, 2011 Rating: 5


  1. great, thanks for the review, keep it up.

  2. The blog is going to be a little quiet next week as I have to go to Wales from Monday to Friday


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