Coldplay
Mylo Xyloto


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ryan Fitz USER (32 Reviews)
October 24th, 2011 | 45 replies | 4,713 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Where Coldplay discovers being Coldplay isn't such a terrible thing.

14 of 14 thought this review was well written

Chris Martin recently had the gumption to proclaim Coldplay as the 6th greatest band in the world. And sure, from a sales standpoint, that’s quite the modest statement, as by my hyperbolic estimation, Coldplay sells more albums than Ron Jeremy sells porn films. From a musical standpoint however, that statement might just have to be interpreted as pure bullshit. For example, my local hardcore band has more musical innovation than Coldplay, and they consist of a bearded eye patched singer shrieking a deformed version of “Hey Ya” at the top of his lungs, while the lead guitarist repeatedly smashes his guitar into an amp that burned out earlier in the set because the band is so cheap they had to borrow the local bar's amps. But while “the conquereteers” might be accidentally more innovative than Chris Martin and the gang, they never wrote the fucking bridge of “Fix You”…in fact no other band has, and American alternative pop bands have been trying to for years. And that, my friends, is where Coldplay has everyone beat.

Unfortunately, as alluded in the referenced Chris Martin quote, Coldplay has always been plagued by the instinct to try to be something they’re not. They specialize in writing music that you are not supposed to like, but can’t help but like. Their melancholic syrupy masquerades feed off all the emotions that you try to suppress. The feeling that unicorns are awesome, that valentines day is actually a little romantic, and that glee can be an OK show…. sometimes. They’re a quintessential pop band, and no one does pop better. Yet for their entire musical career, they’ve been fighting against that notion. Parachute through X&Y found Coldplay consistently trying to imitate some cheery teenage lovesick version of Radiohead, and while Viva la Vida showed signs of the band coming into its own element, it still was impeded by delusions of unnecessary grandeur. I’m not trying to argue that Coldplay shouldn’t pursue innovation; I’m just saying that it’s foolish to expand your music when you can’t even accept what you actually are. Mylo Xyloto, whatever the hell that title means, is a portrait of Coldplay finally accepting their identity as the world’s favorite sentimental pop band, and the result is quite possible Coldplay’s finest album to date.

In fact, Mylo Xyloto is not only Coldplay accepting that they’re a pop band, it’s them embracing it proudly. The very concept of "Paradise" would of been laughed out of the room upon mention in the drafting of any past Coldplay album but here it is in all of it’s one-republicnesque beauty. It’s the shameless airy bubblegum fluff-pop that Coldplay has always been capable of producing, and it’s gold, if you can just get past the fact that from a pretentious critical standpoint it’s utterly nauseating. The same goes with "Princess Of China". While Coldplay probably lost all the indie cred they had left upon mention of their collaboration with Rihanna, her inclusion in the album is brilliant, and while the song would be terrible from any other standpoint, from that goopy optimistic childlike state that Coldplay invites us into, the song works wonders.

The only major misstep is "Up In Flames", which is insipid by even Coldplay’s standards. And while the album ends on a whimper with "Up With The Birds", it’s a rather enjoyable whimper, and it’s a fitting contrast to the onslaught of eccentric Coldplay pop that greets us in the beginning of the album. Everything else though is oddly utterly enjoyable. As usual Jonny Buckland is Coldplay’s most lethal weapon, producing the perfect amount of gooey guitar licks to accompany "Hurts Like Heaven", "Charlie Brown" and the rest of Coldplay’s sugary anthems. Coldplay even ventures into electro pop territories frequently in this album. Yet, unlike some truly clueless critics have suggested, the beats are way to saccharine to have any influence in clubs, but they do invite Coldplay to have plenty of influence in the radio charts. And that’s by no means a bad thing, that’s where Coldplay belong, and for the first time, they’re walking there in stride.

So yeah, sure “You use your heart as a weapon and it hurts like heaven” is one of the worst lines in music history. But as an introduction to the album, Coldplay couldn’t have picked a better line. It’s shameless, just like this album is, just like Coldplay always should have been. Mylo Xyloto is Coldplay writing Coldplay music to the Coldplay-iest degree. And while everyone can easily proclaim that the music is outrageously poppy, safe, cliché, and slightly stupid (and all these things are true) I’m going to be listening to this album frequently, alone, in the dark, on my headphones, in private, and God damn it, I’m going to enjoy it every time.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2011



30859 Comments


I'd neg having just read the summary

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letsgofishing
October 24th 2011



900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the heads up.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2011



30859 Comments


And sure, from sales a standpoint, that’s quite a modest statement,


From a sales standpoint. I'd also suggest changing a modest statement to the modest statement

Ignored
October 24th 2011



2 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I agree with almost everything you've said here. My first pos.

KILL5
October 24th 2011



429 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

ugh

Acanthus
October 24th 2011



9535 Comments


Good review even though I won't be listening to this, pos'd sir.

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toxin.
October 24th 2011



11984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, pos'd. Will check out eventually

letsgofishing
October 24th 2011



900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Good review even though I won't be listening to this"

ha ha, don't blame you there. Thank you to everyone else. Ignored, not only your first pos, but your first comment. I'm honored. Deviant, thanks again for having my back. Kill5, your face is "ugh".

that is all.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2011



9961 Comments


Very good review, made me want to listen to the album

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Eko
October 24th 2011



2119 Comments


review owns, pos. guess I should try this.

bloc
October 24th 2011



34649 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Pretty good stuff

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wabbit
October 24th 2011



6975 Comments


bridge on "fix you" >>>> everything else they have ever done or will ever do.

letsgofishing
October 24th 2011



900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"bridge on "fix you" >>>> everything else they have ever done or will ever do."

lol, that's like saying that greatest thing Abe Lincoln did was win the civil war. I mean, everyone knows this.


WorldsTallestMidget
October 24th 2011



9 Comments


This review almost made me want to listen to the album.

Then, I remembered its Coldplay.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2011



15268 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review, great album

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Jash
October 24th 2011



4243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Parachutes>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>all their other work except a few tracks off of Rush of Blood

MO
October 24th 2011



18181 Comments


"Kill5, your face is "ugh""

lol so damn hard

joplinpicasso
October 24th 2011



427 Comments


I'm going to listen because I want to have my finger on the cultural mainstream. But I really enjoyed this review.

False. "Strawberry Swing" is the best thing Coldplay have done. Maybe.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2011



15268 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fix You, The Scientist, Wanring Sign, Sparks, Violet Hill, and UFO are my favorite songs by them so far

letsgofishing
October 24th 2011



900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fix You, Politik,Everything's Not lost, Clocks FTW.



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