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Having been a big fan of coldplay for roughly 11 years I have purchased this latest addition adding to their catalogue of Parachutes, A Rush Of Blood To The Head and Viva La Vida / Death & All His Friends and can thankfully continue to have it on constantly in the car and at home.
Like their last album I have found this to definately be a grower intially but my ethos is that all brilliant albums are, their music definately brings about nostalgia through the years for example most songs from "Rush of Blood To The Head" are reminiscent of meeting my wife and all the things that go with falling in Love eg "Clocks & Green Eyes" then we have Viva La Vida which reminds us of the time when our first child was born "Life In Technicolor & Chinese Sleep Chant! LOL!"
I think the songs that stand out most from this album so far are "Charlie Brown & Us Against The World" wonderful lyrics in the latter. Once again the pinnacle of Coldplay as a band is witnessing their live performance which is very energetic and Chris, Guy, Jonny and Will always give their all and I have been fortunate to witness this twice on their X&Y tour and the Viva La Vida tour when we went to this my wife was pregnant with our second child and so we sat at the back as she was fairly heavy by then and all though they didn't do it specifically for us they came through the crowd and performed a couple of numbers accoustic for those of us in the nose bleed section so again keeping you involved!
Go and buy or download Mylo Xyloto as there are many songs on their for every mood colabarations with Rihanna on "Princess Of Japan" to bring a new sound to their music also 10 out of 10 for me!
Mylo Xyloto. An album by Coldplay with 14 songs, of which all are enjoyable.
1. "Mylo Xyloto"
2. "Hurts Like Heaven"
4. "Charlie Brown"
5. "Us Against the World"
7. "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall"
8. "Major Minus"
10. "Princess of China" (featuring Rihanna)
11. "Up in Flames"
12. "A Hopeful Transmission"
13. "Don't Let It Break Your Heart"
14. "Up with the Birds"
Having seem them live earlier this year, my love of Coldplay was brought back to me by most of the songs on this album. Their songs are so full with emotion that they're certain to touch anyone in some way.
Again, Coldplay have both fast and slow songs on their album. As is to be expected with Coldplay, it can seem a little 'depressing' at times, but to some people this is enjoyable.
Charlie Brown is a beautiful song, my advice to anyone thinking of buying this album would be to start by looking this song up. It is the one song which summarizes the album in a nutshell for me.
Using a wonderful variety of instruments, from Electrical to acoustic: this album is diverse. If you love Coldplay, then you'll love this album. If you don't - then you don't have much to lose buy trying it, it's great value for money!
I love coldplay, I have seen them live 4 times and they never fail to amaze me! They are the best performers and really connect with there music and the audience. I have got everyone of there previous albums and have greatly enjoyed listening to them over the years, they always come back with something new.
The first thing that hit me about the new album was the name! It's really out there are different to past titles. I have no idea what it Means, maybe I need to find out. Haha.
The first thing to hit me about the songs on the album were how different they were to previous songs. Alot of the tunes are growers and you may not instantly like them. On the second listen you will realise the true quality of the songs! They are beautiful. I really love them! Paradise is the obvious stand out, it is produced magnificently and moves me every time I listen to hit! I have heard it over 100 times on my iTunes and it gets better and better eveytime! It's an inspiring song.
Here I am showing the track names by order they appear on the album. I have also included my personal rating out of ten for each track. (my opinion, you may agree or disagree :p)
1. "Mylo Xyloto" - 6/10
2. "Hurts Like Heaven" - 7/10
3. "Paradise" - 10/10
4. "Charlie Brown" - 9.5/10
5. "Us Against the World" 8/10
6. "M.M.I.X." 7/10
7. "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" - 9/10
8. "Major Minus" 7/10
9. "U.F.O." - 7/10
10. "Princess of China" (featuring Rihanna) - 5/10
11. "Up in Flames" - 7/10
12. "A Hopeful Transmission" - 8/10
13. "Don't Let It Break Your Heart" - 8/10
14. "Up with the Birds" - 6/10
Overall I would give this album an 8/10!
I don't think that the song with rihanna is very good, I believe Coldplay are good enough on their own and don't need to do collaborations with other artists. I'm not saying I don't like rihanna. But it seems today everyone has to feature another artist on therea album. In some cases it Is a really good thing! But I don't think It was needed. Just my opinion, I'm sure most people will like it! Ha.
There are also a couple of tracks on this album which are only 40 seconds long, I don't get why it's worth putting them in because they don't really do much for me.
The highlites of this album for me are paradise, charlie brown and every teardrop is a waterfall. These are the best three tracks on the album. I think this is a must have album for any music fan out there. This is proper music. Not manufactured rubbish. The music has a soul and a meaning.
Please give this album a try! It's just as good as previous albums. It has a new modern twist that is incredible. You will never be dissapointed with coldplay! A true inspiration in my life.
Thanks very much for reading!
Chris Martin said in an interview in the Guardian in 2008 that he doesn't believe that bands should keep going past the age of 33. He turned 34 on the 2nd March 2011 and, with the release of Coldplay's new album, Mylo Xyloto on the 24th October 2011, it seems that Mr Martin was thankfully pulling our collective legs.
Martin has stated that this latest offering is a 'concept' album. According to him, it tells the story of Mylo and Xyloto, two characters living in an oppressive environment who meet and fall in love. It is a love story with a happy ending. If that's what he says, well ok then.
I guess the point with statements like the above is, you buy into them, or you don't. Personally, I don't but by the same token, I don't have any issues with the notion of concept albums. In addition, based on Martin's penchant for tomfoolery, anyone could be forgiven for taking the things he says with a liberal pinch of salt. He's a scamp but that's part of his appeal.
I listened to the new album before I read any music press blurb because that's the way I like to do things. I've been a fan of Coldplay since 'Parachutes' in 2000 after hearing 'Shiver' on the radio and knowing at that instant that they were a cut above the norm. I didn't need the NME or Radio 1 to tell me that. I have ears. If you listen to Parachutes and Mylo Xyloto back to back, it is immediately apparent at how 'big' the band have become. When I use the word 'big', I'm not referring to the 50 million albums they've sold or the brand they've created, I mean the sound. If Parachutes was smoky clubs and intimate venues, Mylo Xyloto is arenas and stadiums. Coldplay are very aware of how popular they have become and their music has expanded to accommodate. I believe this expansion was born in their early Glastonbury experience in 1999. An idealistic and impressionable Chris Martin could not fail to be inspired after seeing the effect music can have on a large body of people.
Another significant factor in the evolution of Coldplay's sound is undoubtedly the recruitment of Brian Eno on production duties. Eno doesn't do anything by halves and his influence on the finished article is immediately apparent - his management describe him as a 'sonic landscaper'. I would describe him as a magician - either way it's one thing to try to record an album; it's something completely different to make it work. Eno knows how to harness sound, how to restrain it and, at the right moment, to release it and propel it to the stratosphere dragging the listener along at launch speed. You never feel cheated with an Eno produced album, you feel like a collaborator, as if you're part of the journey. The word 'genius' is used a little too readily these days but, Eno definitely falls into that category. Look at the work he did with U2. Listen to 'War' and immediately after, 'The Unforgettable Fire' to hear what I mean. Eno makes a good band better.
So, all bluster aside, what do we really have here? Is it actually any good? Well, the quick answer is, Yes it is. Very. I really can't remember a time when I've listened to an album and liked every track first time. In fact, I don't think that's ever happened for me. From the moment I hit play I was hooked. Don't get me wrong, this album is not a game changer, it won't redefine how you hear music or send it off into a completely new direction inspiring new bands to appear and create new and worthwhile records, but it will make you smile and feel like you've just had a good time. And that's got to be a good thing. For all the Criterazzi's inevitable criticism of how 'mainstream' Coldplay are, this is an enjoyable album to listen to. It reminded me of what is good in the music industry. In a world devastated by the X-Factor tsunami, of post-pubescent teens screeching other people's songs to a baying crowd and of Jedward, this album should be issued to aspiring artists as an example of what can be achieved if you put your mind to it and actually do some work.
1: Mylo Xyloto - A 42-second intro to start. Grand and orchestral punctuated with the childlike simplicity of a xylophone it builds in classic Eno style leading you in to track 2.
2: Hurts Like Heaven - Martin's vocals are deliberately understated but come at you like machine gun fire. This is high tempo stuff. It has a light an airy feel underpinned with a dirty electro sound. Martin has stated that this album would be more 'stripped down' and 'less dominated by fanfare' but that obviously got lost in translation because this first track is all about soaring melody and complex sonic arrangement. Martin's piercing falsetto and Jonny Buckland's sky-high guitar solos elevate you higher and higher until, just before you fall, you're scooped up, gently brought back down to terra firma and given a huge Coldplay hug. It feels good to have them back.
3: Paradise - A thick, dirty bass line accented by violins and a hip-hop drumbeat. Again, not what you'd call a stripped down sound but there are transitions between heavy multi-layered textures to simple melody. It has a dark, foreboding feel and you can almost sense Jay-Z's influence seeping into the fabric of this song. Don't be surprised to see a new version featuring a rap by Beyoncé's old man. Friends helping friends.
4: Charlie Brown - Yes, apparently it was named after the Peanuts character. We're getting into familiar territory now. Ringing melodies and booming drums making you think of full stadiums, bouncing up and down clinging on for dear life to the person nearest to you. Sweaty, tired, bruised but happy. You get 20 seconds break in the middle and then you're off again. When you see them in concert, this will be one of your memories and as you hug a stranger for the last 30 seconds, you'll know in your heart that this is living.
5: Us Against The World - Reminiscent of 'Shiver' at the start, which is no bad thing. It's a bit of a break from the hammer blows of the first few tracks. Simply done with acoustic guitar and the emphasis on Martin's voice, this is the kind of track that Coldplay do so well. Intimate. Not heavy on the harmonies but just enough to compliment what's going on. 'Slow it down' he croons. And we do because he asked so nicely.
6: M.M.I.X - Roman numerals for 2011? According to Wikipedia that should read M.M.X.I if that's what it's supposed to mean. The fact is, it will take you longer to ponder this than the run time of the track. It's a 49-second pause. Maybe you should use it to ponder something else?
7: Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall - Released as a single on 3rd June 2011, you will probably have heard this track. It was also performed in their 2011 Glastonbury set to wild audience acclaim. Clever lyrically and again, anthemic in construction, this song was undoubtedly designed to fill every corner of a stadium and, with the heavy bass drum, shake it to its foundations. There's a homage to clubland with the synth intro but it's not a departure or a genre change, it's there to compliment. And it does. A nice touch is the guitar solo giving it that traditional Celtic vibe. It just makes you want to move your feet. It reminds me somewhat of Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2 (think of this as that song's much cheerier cousin). Chris Martin would 'rather be a comma than a full stop' and who are we stop him?
8: Major Minus - And from Clubland meets U2, we get to the first track you could say sounds 'stripped'. However, acoustic it isn't. It still sounds grimy and dirty and industrial. There is electricity in this track. When I say stripped down I mean it doesn't have that 'hands to heaven' quality. This is intense, angry, and insistent. If 'Us Against The World' is sweet and joyful, this is a sock on the jaw and a pointy finger. Coldplay have often been compared to U2 and this is the reason why. The guitar work in this track owes more than a nod to The Edge and is no worse off for that.
9: U.F.O - Now, this is a stripped down track. We're on track 9 and this is the first 'quiet' song we've had. We've still got a bit of a string arrangement going on, some violins and cellos by the sound of it, but they're there to compliment, not to overpower. The melody is charming and unflustered and undeniably pretty. This is when I love Coldplay the most. When they hold your hand for a couple of minutes and make you forget Louis Walsh ever existed.
10: And we're back to an electro/hip-hop vibe. There's a determination to the intro of this track that lets you know that this is the style Coldplay decided they wanted for this album. It still has the little flourishes that lets you know who's overseeing the pushing of the buttons, Martin's lyrics and breathless voice, Champion's thundering drums and Buckland's sonic guitar but it also has Rihanna and therefore, as a song in its own right, marks something of a departure for the boys. They haven't done a collaboration or duet on any of their previous albums and, the fact that they've chosen to do the first with the most successful R&B star of the last couple of years is a clear signal of intent. Coldplay can adapt. It will probably be a single at some point. And it will sell bucketloads.
11: Up In Flames: Sounding more than a little like 'Protection' by Massive Attack, the opening riff of Track 11 is a bit of a red herring. Just when you think things are going to get really dark (and raunchy-you can't do Massive Attack without plenty of raunch), Martin takes us in a completely different direction. This song is about goodbyes and how sometimes that happens whether we like it or not. His falsetto chorus is beautifully accented by un-synthesised piano, which I always think is Martin's trademark. It's not a complex song but it's effective and gorgeous.
12: A Hopeful Transmission - Another intro. This time you know what's coming. We have building orchestration, an enormous bass drum being whacked and strings a plenty........
13: Don't Let It Break Your Heart - Track 13 feels a bit like we've come full circle. It's almost like everything we've heard so far has been mixed together and this is what came out at the end. It's a toe tapper, it's a jump up and downer, it's a hands in the air fists clenched. It's a musical light show that warms your cockles and while not being any different to songs they've done before, it's just good. And you'll like it because you liked everything else. Sometimes, not knowing why you like something is worthy and true.
14: Up With The Birds - Starting as Track 13 fades out, this is the goodbye song. We've come to the end. It's definitely the most standalone Eno-esque track out of the 14. At least for the first couple of minutes. It's ethereal and wispy but also, strangely, reminiscent of the 1960's in a croonery, instrumental kind of a way. Eno feeds in the whale sounds and adds squelch and reverb and you're wondering what's going to happen next. The answer to that is Coldplay happens next. Because for all the bells and whistles, clever production and marketing, what we have here are four mates, who love to make music. After the opening, you get about 1.40 of Martin, Buckland, Berryman & Champion doing what they do best, playing instruments and making a pretty noise. As the last track it feels like a goodbye and that's as it should be.
This album deserves to be huge. It will be huge. So will the resultant tour when it's announced. Because make no mistake, this music was made to be played live and in big venues. If you've not seen Coldplay live and you get the opportunity to go, make sure you do. They will not disappoint you. This album will sound a million times better after you've seen them rock a stadium. And it's already bloody good.
Musically there's enough diversity here to satisfy the change junkies out there but not too much to alienate the existing fans. That's been a criticism of Coldplay over the years - that they're too 'safe'. I reject that. What they are is good at what they do and are as talented a group of people as this country has ever produced. They should be celebrated for that. And for making the kind of music that puts a smile in your heart.
*** Mylo Xyloto ***
This is the 5th Studio Album from Coldplay and just like the rest it went straight to number 1 in the album charts. (Only the 3rd ever group to do this after The Beatles and Oasis.)
Coldplay went down a slightly different route with the album and created an entire concept that the album is based on, rather than each song being a story in its own right. The whole concept of this album is about a love story with a happy ending. The two main characters in this 'story' are Mylo and Xyloto. (Hence the name of the album.) They live in an oppressed urban society. Surrounded by misery and negativity. But are brought together through a gang called 'The Lost Boys'. The overall idea is that good things can come out of bad situations. A rather 'cheesy' although lovely idea expressed in a rather dramatic way.
As a follow up to their 4 album Viva la Vida, Coldplay have a lot to live up to, the face they admitted themselves that they wanted this album to me more acoustic and atmospheric was a change of direction for them. Viva la Vida was full of energy and punch. So I was looking forward to this new long awaited album.
*** The Tracks ***
1. Mylo Xyloto
The short introduction to the album is almost magical. A 42 second instrumental where the percussion is king. Very warming and charming. An interesting opening for the album which I am sure will be used time and time again by the band when playing at gigs and events. They actually used this as the start of their Glastonbury gig. A Unique and interesting way to start the album.
2. Hurts Like Heaven
This track really represents what influenced Coldplay when making this album. They took influence from Old School American Graffiti and how graffiti is a way of expressing your feelings and emotions. This track starts with the lyrics;
''Written in graffiti on a bridge in a park
Do you ever get the feeling that you're missing the mark?''
Musically, the track is upbeat and has the great unnerving vocals that you expect from Coldplay. With great guitar work and an easy beat it is nice track. Nothing special but very easy to listen too.
As the second single from the album it seemed Coldplay had faith in this track being accepted by their fans. This is a strong song with strong beats and melodies. The use of classical strings with a hidden dub step bass line and tones of electronics thrown in, it is an interesting mix but the vocals are classic Coldplay and the whole track has a great vibe to it. I think this was a good single choice and in my opinion one of the best tracks on the album.
4. Charlie Brown
The band keeps the tempo up and alive after Paradise with this great track. Great use of the Guitar keeps the track plugging through until it reaches a great climax. This song is about being with 'The Lost Boys' the gang that brings the lovers together and this track is where you can really see the albums concept coming together.
5. Us Against The World
Here the band strip back and let the melody and Chris Martins Vocals do the work. The song has a great build up to it and if you only listen to one track from the album then I would recommend this. It just has a great design to it. Just when you expect a typical ending, it leaves you almost restless with its abruptness.
Although the title of this track is Roman numerals for 2009, MMIX actually means 'Mat McGinn is awesome' Mat is their long serving guitar technician, so almost a dedication to him.
This is another 40ish second electro interlude. I understand it serves as bringing the album together and keeping the acoustic style to the album but I really don't like it. All it does is act as an intro to the next track. Other than that I would prefer it if they got rid of it.
7. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
As the first single from the album, this one had to be attention seeking and commercial enough to get people back on the Coldplay roundabout. Especially as rumors of the album were leaking and people were apprehensive as to what to expect.
A very commercial sounding track with mixed reviews. I personally don't love it but I don't hate it. It really is just average. Great use of drums and a catchy track with interesting lyrics. I can see why they chose it as the first single.
8. Major Minus
I love the Acoustic Guitar in this track, the whole beat makes you nod your head and before you know it you will be singing along. A slightly darker track compared to the rest of the almost magical sounding songs. But it works well when taking the albums concept into consideration.
Another mellow track. The Coldplay vocals are in full force here. In my opinion I find this track a bit boring. A bit too slow and dreary for me so a good thing that this is a long interlude / short track at just over 2 minutes long. By the way, the escapism-themed lyrics of the track about flying away explain the title of the track and the strings used in the track give it that far away feel.
10. Princess Of China
I think this could be, in my opinion be the best track on the album. Featuring on the track, Rihanna adds some freshness to the album and stops it from becoming one delirious drone. I honestly believe they need to make this a single. It is easy to listen to with a great beat and the melody is so easy it is charming.
Immensely catchy and unique this is the star of the show. Coldplay do not lose themselves in this and Rihanna just compliments their vocals nicely.
11. Up In Flames
Hypnotic and simple sums up this track. Keeping it simple works because of Chris Martins vocals and true cold Play fans will believe this is them at their best. It is an amazing use of gentle swaying rhythms to create a great ballad.
12. A Hopeful Transmission
The last of the 3 almost pointless interludes. This 30 odd second interlude is a strings affair. I still think this and the last interlude are pointless parts of the album, serving no purpose and really in my opinion disrupt the flow of the album.
13. Don't Let It Break Your Heart
One of the better tracks on the album. They come back to life full throttle and invigorate some life back into the album. A simple track but a classic one. Well put together and a decent song overall.
14. Up With the Birds
A great end to the album. Intense and clear vocals with some uplifting stark instrumentals, a great alarm clock call. A really intense song but calming and restful. A great ending to the album and a great representation of the concepts 'Happy ending'.
**The Album Overall**
This is such a hard one to sum up. Marmite is the best word to use. Some will love it and other will absolutely hate it. I have to be honest and say it does not compare to their previous album Viva la Vida and I am a bit disappointed.
I love the fact that Coldplay took a different route and make the album into a story. It does give each song a different meaning and a lot more character. But leaving that aside and taking each song on its own merit, I would say that half of the tracks are substandard. Such a shame as there are three tracks which I think are great and overshadow the rest but overall it is missing some real star quality that the previous album had.
I would say that you should give it a listen regardless of your opinion on Coldplay as this is rather original. I have listened to some of the tracks that they left off the album and it almost burns to say I think they made a mistake with some of the tracks. But they chose what they chose for a reason, and that was to be more acoustic and to try and create the perfect track. Which I don't think they did with this album.
It was great hearing Rihanna on 'Princess Of China; and I hope this is an avenue they explore further as they didn't lose an ounce of themselves considering Rihanna's large presence. It spiced up the track and I think more collaborations should be to come.
Overall, a great musical production on a strong but diverse album. Not the original Coldplay but a slightly tweaked version. Love it or hate it, give it a chance and it does grow on you... slowly.
Coldplay are a alternative rock band that started formed in 1996 and released their first full studio album 'Parachutes' in the year 2000 since then they have continued to be successful and well received by music lovers. Some of Coldplay's more popular songs include, Viva La Vida, Yellow, Fix You and The Scientist. Coldplay have recently released their fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto. Band members include lead singer Chris Martin, lead guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassit Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion
Mylo Xyloto was released on 24th October 2011 and is currently Radio 1's number two album for the week (10/11/11). This album gets its name as it tells the love story of Mylo and Xyloto with a happy ending, this is how the album gets its name, and was announced by the bands lead singer Chris Martin.
The following is a track listing for this album including a little description and my views on my favourite tracks.
This track is a quick 44 second instrumental into in to the album that leads perfectly into Hurts like Heaven.
2. Hurts Like Heaven
This song is quick paced and has a great beat to it. This song is about people trying to break up or stop a relationship, and not allowing this to happen. I really like this song and think that it is a great start to the album.
Paradise is a really beautiful song with a really upbeat feeling to it. You can hear orchestra and piano tones the background music on this track however it also has a really modern 'soft rock' kind of feel to it. This song is about a girl who doesn't get a good deal in life and dreams about a better life, this song builds and becomes more powerful from the start to the finish, I think that this adds to the effectiveness of the story. This song was released as a single on 24th October 2011.
4. Charlie Brown
This is a slower paced song than the previous songs on the album however it still has the 'epic' feel to it that his present in most Coldplay songs. This wouldn't be my favourite song however, it does continue the love story of Mylo and Xyloto giving it a purpose on the album.
5. Us Against the World
This is another slow paced song, it is a much more simple song that is more focused on the singer and with less activity from instruments. This song is about wanting to run away with the person you love and start a whole new life. This song starts off quiet and the sound slowly builds until the end where it again goes quiet. I love the lyrics in this song 'Through chaos as it swirls, it's us against the world'.
This is a short instrumental song that connects Us Against the World to Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.
7. Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall
Every Teardrop is a Waterfall is another one of my favourites off this album, it is a more upbeat song and would really get you into the mood to go out and party. This is a faster paced song and was the first song released off this album.
8. Major Minus
This song is OK on the album, it isn't bad but it isn't great either, I think this song is suppose to be about Mylo and Xloto's gang not wanting them to be together and watching them to make sure they stay apart, I came to this conclusion because of the lyrics 'They got one eye on what you knew And one eye on what you do So be careful who it is you're talking to'.
This is another slower and beautiful song, the vocals on this song are amazing, although this song is only 2 minutes long it really leaves an impression and keeps in well with the 'love story' mood on this album.
10. Princess of China (featuring Rihanna)
I think that this is the best track on the album, it features Rihanna who is one of my favourite artists at the moment. This song is tells the story of Mylo and Xloto having troubles in their relationship (without giving too much away about their love story). It is a really powerful song and Rihanna and Coldplays lead singer Chris Martin's voices really complement each other.
11. Up in Flames
This song is another great ballad with great vocals from Chris Martin, it has a more slow and simple feel to it and continues in the theme of the album. I really love this track, it has a real emotional feel to it and is really easy listening.
12. A Hopeful Transmission
This is another short instrumental type song on the album, it lasts around a minute and a half and sets the mood to connect Up in Flames to Don't Let it Break Your Heart.
13. Don't Let It Break Your Heart
This is another slow and meaning full yet upbeat track that has a really powerful feeling to it, it continues to tell the story of Mylo and Xloto, without giving too much away it gives you the feeling that things may change in the path of their relationship.
14. Up with the Birds
Up with the Birds is the final song on this album, it's a really beautiful song that concludes the love story between Mylo and Xloto, this song is full quite and has a really epic feel to it, it starts off slow it gets faster and there is a lovely guitar solo within it, then nearer the end it becomes slower and finished off the album perfectly.
As a Coldplay fan this album delivered everything I expected and more, I loved this album from start to finish and am so glad I decided to go buy it. I think that this is some of Coldplays best work in my opinion, there is a good mix of fast upbeat songs and slower ballad style song. I would definitely recommend this album to anyone who is a fan of Coldplay or if you are just looking for some nice easy listening rock. I can't wait to add this to my iPod.
This album can be bought at all good CD retailers for example HMV, Tesco, Asda or you could buy it online, for around £10, I bought mine in Tesco for £8.99 which is a great price for such a good album.
Coldplay are a four-piece alternative rock band which formed in 1996. The band are signed to multiple record labels and have currently got five studio albums and a collection of awards to be proud of, including Best British Group, Best International Group, Band of the Year (2005), Record of the Year (2004), Best International Rock Artist and lots more! Coldplay was formed by Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland, who first met during their orientation week at London University in September '96. For the next year, the two planned how to go about creating a band, and then formed a group called Pectoralz. Guy Berryman, Coldplay's bassist, a friend of Chris and Jonny's, joined the group in 1997 and the band started performing gigs at small, local clubs in and around Camden. At this point the band were going by the name 'Starfish'.
The band's fourth member, Will Champion then joined the band, making it complete, and the band finally settled on the name Coldplay, which was suggested to them by a local student. Coldplay released 500 copies of their first EP, "Safety". Most of the copies were given to friends, family and record companies, with only 50 copies left available to be sold to members of the public. In the December of '99, not long after the release of their first EP, Coldplay signed to the independent label Fierce Panda, and then soon after released a three-track EP entitled brothers and sisters. Once the band members had graduated from University in early 1999, Coldplay was signed to Parlophone for a five-album contract. They then made their first experience at Glastonbury and made their third EP, titled The Blue Room. The EP produced one single which was played on Radio One and 5,000 copies of the EP were made available to the public.
To date, the band have five studio albums - Parachutes (2000), A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002), X&Y (2005) Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008) and Mylo Xyloto (2011) - impressive! Coldplay, in my opinion, is the type of band that people will love or hate. In fact, I remember getting called names at school such as goth and freak because I liked their music. I think people get the impression that the band are 'soppy'. This in a way is correct, Coldplay songs are the type that wear their hearts on the sleeves with no shame.. at times they can be very emotional (both the vocals and lyrics), and not at all manly, so I can see why some people aren't keen. As someone who enjoys true, relatable and 'indie' type music though, I love their style, and they aren't all doom and gloom - each of their albums has a generous helping of rock, pop and amazing guitar riffs! If I had to compare Coldplay to another band i'd compare them either to U2 or a soppy version of Oasis. I own all of Coldplay's albums and love each and every song on each and every album. The only thing that puts me off of Coldplay is that their music tends to be ridiculously overplayed (to the point where you're almost singing it in your sleep!) but apart from that I can't really fault this band. Chris Martin's style is imaginative, eccentric and unique, and the band really do produce some groundbreaking music.
The Band Members
- Chris Martin - Lead Vocalist
- Jonny Buckland - Lead Guitarist
- Guy Berryman - Bassist
- Will Champion - Drummer
I am in love with this album! Every single song is amazing. I literally fall in love with each track every time I listen to it.. how do they do that?! You'd think that they'd be all out of ideas for new songs after the amount of time they've been around, and they never fail to amaze me with flawless new material. As soon as I heard that Coldplay were bringing out a new album I was so excited. The singles released prior to the full album release really got me hyped up and excited for it. My love for Coldplay hasn't faded in the (what seems like a) ridiculous amount of time that i've been a fan of theirs. Mylo Xyloto is Coldplays latest studio album, and it was very recently released worldwide in October 2011. It's their fifth album (and I also have the other four, which are all amazing!) and debuted at number 1 here in the UK, which I think is amazing considering that Coldplay aren't a band that is brand new/hugely hyped up, and they definetly deserved their spot at number 1. The album sold an impressive 208,000 copies in its first week, showing that despite how long Coldplay have been around, we aren't quite bored of them yet!
Mylo Xyloto is so much different to their previous work, yet I still think they've nailed it. They have kept their unique sound and flawless, meaningful vocals, but have managed to keep their sound modern and slightly updated. Each song is unique and sounds 'brand new' if that makes sense; no gimmicks or lyrics that are there to bulk the song out - each track sounds as if it's bein written from the heart - the two 'characters' in the songs feel so real - palpable, even, with the person listening bein transported into the character's own little world of heartbreak as each deals with their own issues. The album is a concept album, and feels/sounds almost like a novel, sucking the listener in and keeping them hooked. Well, I was definetly hooked, anyway! We hear how they meet each other, create a bond and and fall in love (Charlie Brown), tragically break up (Up In Flames), each feel dispair and regret (Princess of China) and then eventually gain the willpower, courage and strength to move forward, and get on with each of their lives (Up With The Birds).
The characters that I mentioned above are called Xyloto and Mylo, who are protestors living in an "oppressive, dystopian urban environment" (taken from Wiki), this basically means that they are living in an area of poverty, and Chris Martin has previously mentioned that the album was influenced by the recession and the White Rose, which was a non-violent, intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany. Xyloto and Mylo meet eachother through a gang called The Lost Boys and fall for each other. Lyrically, Chris Martin has previously mentioned that the album was partly influenced by "The Wire" (TV series) and old school American graffiti. To be honest, the first few times that I listened to this album, the actual meaning of the narrative completely went over my head, but saying that, I was completely oblivious of the whole Xyloto and Mylo concept as I have only just gathered that part of the album, and it does all make sense now!
Laying there listening to Mylo Xyloto is like watching a mental story book, with each song playing out in my head. Does that make sense?! It's really hard to describe, but the emotions and 'storylines' are easy to understand, as well as relatable and realistic, rather than being far fetched and meaningless. Unlike some people's perceptions of Coldplay, they do not make depressing music. This album in particular is full of inspirational lyrics, uplifting vocals, and tales of love, excitement and hope. Yes, there's a bit of dispair, frustration and heart ache thrown in, but when push comes to shove the more positive elemants of a majority of the songs shines through. In some tracks, it feels like the song is speaking to you, urging you to be happy, be content and be as free as the characters are once the album is over. Some of the songs have that bizzare deja vu sort of sound/feel to them, when each word completely matches the excact thing that you're currently thinking about/worrying about/feeling.. where it completely matches with the way you're feeling in that exact moment in time. This is a rare occurance for me, to hear something that speaks so well to me. I usually listen to indie or pop songs and to be honest most sounds around now-a-days are so samey and unoriginal, and this is where Coldplay are different.
The artwork for this album is amazing. Stunning, in fact. It really stood out on the shelf, rather than merging in with the other CD's, and caught my attention straight away. This is such a different style to the usual Coldplay album art work, it's much more vibrant and 'playful', with bright colours and stunning visuals. I won't go into a huge amount of detail on what the album looks like, because as you can see Dooyoo have included a picture at the top of this review.
Price and Availability
Despite being a reasonably recent album, Mylo Xyloto is widely available. The album can be purchased from Amazon, Sainsburys, Asda, and various websites. Prices vary depending on where you buy it from. I bought my digital copy of the album from iTunes and paid £7.99. Considering how fresh this album is I thought this was a very reasonable price, and I was happy to pay this. The album contains fourteen tracks which are all full length and of good quality. The album is available in both physical form (CD's, vinyl) and digital format.
Track 1 Mylo Xyloto - This is an amazing opening track and it kicks the album off with a bang. This is simply an 'intro' which has samples from each of the other songs, giving us a glimpse of the album. Considering it is only 42 seconds it really gets me hyped up for the album and leaves a good impact. It is full of flawless guitar riffs, soaring vocals and it paints a really magical picture in my head when I listen to it on full blast. It is the type of feel-good song that is uplifting and refreshing, and it explodes into the next brilliant track, Hurts Like Heaven, with such force that I stayed in my 'feel good' type of mood throughout the entire song, even though it's quite a strange song, but i'll go on to that in a second. Overall the intro track is amazing. I never though that an album intro could be better than The XX album's intro, but I think this just about beats it!
Track 2 Hurts Like Heaven - This is another brilliant song. It's quite cheesy at first, nothing too out of the ordinary, but the blank-slate kind of lyrics have that ability to fit in with whatever my mindset is and whatever i'm feeling if that makes any sense at all! There's some piano in this song which adds a harmony-like sound to it which I love as this is the good old kind of Coldplay music i'm used to. The lyrics in this song are a little strange, they sound kind of displaced at times however I like them - the title of my review is actually the lyrics from this song as I find it a relevant line. The chorus is spoken quite softly but the powerful lyrics give food for thought, reminding me of a certain time in my life. It's a catchy song and I like the vocals as Chris shows off his singing abilities nicely without too much background noise/overpowering instrumentals.
Track 3 Paradise - This is definetly going to be the most well known song on the album so far as it is so hugely overplayed on the radio at the minute. It's an extremely catchy song and to be honest it is the most mainstream sounding song, although Coldplay have their usual twists, turns and gorgeous vocals in here. Chris Martin stated in an interview that he was a fan of Rihanna's umbrella song and used a similar instrumental beat on this song, although I can't see the familiarity at all, this song is ten times better. Out of all their previous singles it is probably the one that is most 'less original' and less indie/depressing, as although it is quite a slow song with meaningful lyrics the instrumentals (piano, guitar) keep it alive and flowing, and Chris belts the chorus out with such force and emotion it is hard not to like, and the backing vocals are good too, adding a really oasis type of sound to it (might just be me who thinks this though!) It's a bit repetitive (para, para, paradise is the most annoying), but overall it's a good song with some meaningful and somewhat inspirational lyrics. It is about a girl wanting escape from her life which I imagine is either deprived or sheltered. The video for this song reflects this, with a member of the band in an elephant suit escaping from a zoo (adorable!) I especially like the line - "In the night, the stormy night she closed her eyes" I don't know why, it is just sung really nicely.
Track 4 Charlie Brown - The beginning of this song is amazing. It builds up into a fast paced guitar riff with a gorgeous rythm and Chris begins singing, this is the song in which the album's characters meet. The song is really good and I especially love the instrumentals as they are so much more upbeat and fast paced to the usual Coldplay instrumentals. Chris' range of skills are shown off on this song with both high and low vocals. It is a very feel good song which is catchy and easy to dance to. My favourite line is "We'll run riot, we'll be glowing in the dark." It's such a magical feeling song.. like it brings back memories and it feels so fresh and it reflects what it's about amazingly well. I love the lines when Chris simply sings "Ohh, ohh" because it's so relaxing in contrast with the other songs. This is probably my favourite song on the album, and I love the piano at the end too which adds a whole naivity to the characters' relationships. There's a bit of indie, rock and pop mixed up in here and it's amazing. The only thing about this song is that the Charlie Brown title confuses me as there's no reference to him but nevermind! If someone knows what that's all about then feel free to let me know :-)
Track 5 Us Against The World - This starts out nice and slow with a piano and guitar and then Chris' soft vocals kick in. It's a little slow paced but this goes with the lyrics/meaning of the song. It is a very heart-felt song, you know? It just reminds me of alot of situations I have been in (break ups, insecurities, confusion, regret), and it's a lovely song to relax to and it's a song that I can stick on and have a good cry to when I need to get sadness out of my system, lol. The lyrics are lovely. Very original and heartfelt, as if they're based on a member of the band's own experiences. My favourite line is "If we could float away." The whole song fits in with the theme of the album well. I do like this song but if you don't like songs that are very slow paced this probably isn't one you will enjoy.
Track 6 MMIX - This is simply 48 seconds of a boring 'noise' - not instrumentals, just a noise. Not much to say really. It has a slight futuristic and optimistic sound but apart from that I can't really think of much else to say about it - sorry!!
Track 7 Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall - This song is amazingly catchy! It starts out sounding like a cheap techno song but it really builds up into an amazing song, it's so much different to the usual Coldplay song - more fast paced, and almost a 'dance' type song. The instrumenals and lyrics are great, and it is the kind of song that makes me feel ten times better, I love just putting it on my iPod and jogging with it full blast as it has that kind of 'inspirational' kind of sound to it and I love the powerful (vocally) chorus and guitar riffs.
Track 8 Major Minus - This song is yet another brilliant song, with elements of folk, pop, rock and punk which are mixed with dance beats and amazing vocals. It starts off sounding very acoustic, then it transforms and Chris booms out his vocals during the chorus. It reminds me alot of Kasabian with the "Oohh ohhh", and the loud drums are amazing! Chris' vocals sound even more amazing during the end half of this song - really high pitched, then they dye down and then explode again. I like how the vocals sound faded out at some points with the sound of the drum initiating the booming vocals and fast paced, almost erratic electric guitar.
Track 9 UFO - This starts out sounding quite depressing with a slow piano. It's definetly one of the album's weaker songs as it takes a while to get going although if you enjoy piano instrumentals then this won't be an issue and it does sound pretty beautiful/magical at points. It just doesn't have much 'meaning' to it, and seems to kind of go on and on, making it an effort to listen to rather than an enjoyable listen. This is the song that I listen to when i'm tired and can't get to sleep - it's relaxing and sends me into dream land really quickly!
Track 10 Princess of China - This is another good song and it features Rihanna, whos vocals go extremely well with Chris' - each has one verse and they take it in turns if that makes sense. The beginning builds up nicely, with strong lyrics and vocals, the instrumentals get a little heavy at points which kind of drown out a bit of the emotion but apart from that it's good. I like Rihanna's voice in this as it seems much softer and highter than her usual work which at times is a bit agressive sounding, but in this she has a more vulnerable sound to her voice. The song has a good meaning behind it which is basically about a couple breaking up. The song has an organ in the background which sounds pretty good!
Track 11 Up in Flames - This is probably the most depressing song on the album which annoys me a bit as it is rather.. samey. It mainly consists of Chris singing "it is over" with the drums (or I think it's the drums) in the background, with the electric guitar solo kicking in nearer the end of the song. Even the chorus is quite samey, although I like the variation (high and low, optimistic and depressed) in Chris' voice. As far as I can tell it is acoustic, featuring only Chris' voice, the piano, drums and the guitar, so it is pretty simplistic.
Track 12 A Hopeful Transmission - From beginning to end, this song kept me hooked. It is just amazing. It reminds me alot of U2 with very rock sounding vocals and a gorgeously fast paced guitar riff and lovely lyrics about falling in love/break ups. Each line is pretty hard hitting and I found myself nodding along in agreement for a majority of the song!
Track 13 Don't Let It Break Your Heart - This song actually merges in with track 12. It's a lovely song :)
Track 14 Up With The Birds - This is the last track on the album and it ends the album well. It wraps things up nicely and has a very fairytail kind of sound to it with the organ and piano making a magical sounding background noise. It makes it feel like the whole story about the characters has ended on a happy and optimistic note and it makes me want to listen to the album all over again, to be honest! Amazing.
If you ever see me on the train, seemingly in my own little world nodding along and singing under my breath, then it's because i'm listening to Mylo Xyloto. I highly reccomend this album, and it'll remain a favourite album of mine for a considerable amount of time.