Coldplay
Mylo Xyloto


5.0
classic

Review

by Adam Knott EMERITUS
October 24th, 2011 | 182 replies | 13,199 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Watch Coldplay abandon their sham revolution and take up a real one.

And so you have the second side to the euphoria; Coldplay's comedown from Viva La Vida's restless charm and globetrotting influences is nothing but a take-off, an album filled to the rafters with pop ideas and pop execution. Brian Eno may be brilliant but Mylo Xyloto proves the value of embracing the populist, waterfalls and all. All the ecstasy from "Lovers in Japan" and "Viva"'s wordless chant spreads its arms and invites you to fucking celebrate, man, and damn if we don't need a bit of that at the moment. It's about neon graffiti lighting up the concrete and the most naive and beautiful of concepts.

If 2008 was the first time Coldplay ever felt truly like a band, 2011 is where they morph into an entity devoid of songwriters and producers entirely. Rihanna bursts out of "Princess of China", and what Mylo Xyloto has going for it is the unshakeable feeling that it's a record that belongs to pretty much everybody, all at once. It's so smooth, church organs and soaring guitar hooks and all, and so undeniable; all of a sudden, that jolt of synths on "Teardrop" doesn't even sound like a Coldplay we didn't know. It's a masterful re-invention, to come to life in as bold and dynamic fashion as this.

And it is that overdrive that gives Mylo Xyloto more heart and soul than Viva La Vida, than Parachutes, than anything I can put my finger on. You know, I saw Coldplay live post-VLV, and as I walked out the doors of the arena I was punched in the face by the sound of how many thousands of people still, an hour after the fact, joining voices for that wordless chant, those "whoa"s that can't have enough "o"s or "a"s however hard you try. Mylo Xyloto is that feeling turned up, and it doesn't even need a focal point to do so. It's in both the conception and the delivery, in the raw materials and the final product.

And Coldplay know it, too. They know closer "Up With The Birds" can't possibly end on the mellow note it begins with, and so it zooms skywards once again. If I seem excitable, I'd beg forgiveness, but this is the effect of an album as hopeful and otherworldly as Mylo Xyloto: to remove all from your field of vision except the colours of its unequivocal artwork, the themes of its anthems, and the melodies. Oh, damn, the melodies. I struggled to call Viva La Vida the band's magnum opus; I'm having no such trouble here: Mylo Xyloto proves that Coldplay are quite simply the best pop band in the world, bar none.



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Knott-
Emeritus
October 24th 2011



10194 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

had to review this here there's no way i could wait

wabbit
October 24th 2011



6978 Comments


drunk?

Knott-
Emeritus
October 24th 2011



10194 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

hahaha not at all! except on the album, and i think that counts.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 24th 2011



49801 Comments


You spelled 2.5 wrong

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Eko
October 24th 2011



2119 Comments


well then

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2011



15339 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i support your unreasonable excitement fully

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Ire
October 24th 2011



41749 Comments


i do knott believe you

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 24th 2011



49801 Comments


Coldplay are amazing
knott

CelestialDust
October 24th 2011



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

seing coldplay live is something I need to do soon, nice review

pizzamachine
October 24th 2011



12571 Comments


You rated this a 5 but gave the Bjork album a 4.5. Tell me what's wrong here. ;)

Knott-
Emeritus
October 24th 2011



10194 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I've never rated a Bjork album in my life is what's wrong here.

pizzamachine
October 24th 2011



12571 Comments


Uhhh sorry I just confused you with conradtao lol. I didn't get any sleep. X_X

Ire
October 25th 2011



41749 Comments


this sux neg neg neg neg. btw haven't listened

Acanthus
October 25th 2011



9537 Comments


I enjoy some this and one of the other reviews more than the featured review, pos'd.

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conradtao
Emeritus
October 25th 2011



2088 Comments


Great review, but...no.

The album is just so mind-bogglingly stupid.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2011



30882 Comments


Like Conrad, great review but I really can't accept an argument for this being a 5

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icaughtfire1992
October 25th 2011



118 Comments


was not a huge fan of there last one. is this any better???

coneren
October 25th 2011



11111 Comments


yes

thatoneguy726
October 25th 2011



1630 Comments


i love when knott 5's stuff!

liledman
October 25th 2011



3826 Comments


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