Coldplay
Mylo Xyloto


4.0
excellent

Review

by Castleman12 USER (2 Reviews)
January 14th, 2012 | 19 replies | 2,381 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mylo Xyloto brings Coldplay to a wonderfully bombastic, and colorful, new direction.

Sometime in the middle of the year 2000, a humble new British band named Coldplay released their debut full length LP entitled Parachutes. The album released to exceptional sales and received universal critical acclaim, most notably for the single “Yellow”. However, some critics accused Coldplay of stealing the musical style of big-time band U2 and the lead singer Chris Martin mimicking the high vocals of Radiohead. These acclaims have haunted the band throughout the years, even after four massively successful album releases. Then, sometime after the release of their famous “Viva La Vida”, Coldplay realized they needed a true identity; one to separate them from the rest of the pack. That train of thought led to the creation of their newest album, “Mylo Xyloto”. This is essentially Coldplay finding a true direction, and a real sound.

After the calming short intro of the title track, Mylo Xyloto begins with the shockingly upbeat instruments of “Hurts Like Heaven”, with Chris bellowing shamelessly cheesy lyrics such as “You use your heart as a weapon and it hurts like heaven” and “Yes, I feel nervous and I cannot relax”. These lyrics imply that while Coldplay is comfortable with their new sound, they are unsure of how their audience will respond to the new direction. Yet from the way the rest of the album sounds, it seems as though they stopped caring and just decided to finally have fun.

The next song, “Paradise”, is also one of two singles released before the album. With the catchy chorus and heavy sound, it is understandable that this song may be considered the “Violet Hill” of the album. This is a really great song, one that has gotten rather popular over time. However, this is overshadowed by the next song, which also happens to be my personal favorite, “Charlie Brown”. The song starts with a sort of wailing that seems as though it could be heard around the globe, then quickly turns into a heavy-hitting beat with drums and guitars slamming as Chris hums to the music. With a few small breaks in the middle for buildup, the song finally ends with a small piano solo to serve as an outro; a brilliant moment for the album.

As the song “M.M.I.X” comes around, we have hit the mid-way point: “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall”. This song was the first single to be released from the album, and has become the most popular one at that. “Teardrop” was the first indication that Coldplay has succumbed to their pop side, while still having a rocking core. The lyrics are mostly made up of terrible metaphors such as “I’d rather be a comma than a full stop” that, while they can make one flinch, do have a strangely likable center.

After “Teardop” is, strangely, “Major Minus”. “Major Minus” actually appeared on the “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” EP as a B-Side, which makes it surprising that it would appear on the actual album. The song starts with a catchy acoustic riff and a distorted Chris singing “They’ve one eye watching you” for a while, then the rest of the band comes in. This isn’t one of the best songs off the album, but it is a decent, uplifting song.

After the pleasant interlude provided by the short-yet-sweet acoustic “U.F.O.”, the album enters its second half with “Princess of China”. With an electronic backdrop and a much commented on guest appearance by Rihanna, the song has split Coldplay fans in half. Some complained, saying that this is Coldplay turning too mainstream, while others said that the song’s beats and structure made good use of Rihanna’s vocals. Personally it’s not one of my favorite songs off the album, but it is a great song and marks a key point in Coldplay’s career.

The album then starts to hint at its end with “Up in Flames”. With a simple, slow beat, piano, and lyrics such as “So, it’s over. This time you’re flying on, this time I know no song”, this is probably one of the saddest songs here. After a couple quiet minutes, the guitars come in to show a small sign of life, as well as leading into “A Hopeful Transmission”, the last break before the end.

“Don’t Let It Break Your Heart”, the penultimate track, begins much like “Charlie Brown”, only that it skips the whole whaling and just gets straight to the banging. The entire song has a world-is-ending feel, and directly flows into the ending song, “Up With The Birds”. This song shares a fair amount off of “Up in Flames”, showing similarities in title and in the overall feel. That is, until the second half. After a brief mid-song interlude with synths and awkward breathing, the song suddenly pumps up in energy and becomes a song that relates more to “Major Minus” than with “Up in Flames”. The song is a fitting end that shows both spectrums of the album and creates a third spectrum within itself, one that says “This is the new Coldplay. Deal with it.”


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Castleman12
January 14th 2012



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My first review here (probably the first ever)! Yeah, this was just for my school's newspaper. Next
time I won't use as much summary. Unless you guys like the summary...
Destroy the thing as much as you like. Can't get anywhere without criticism.

Dimor
January 14th 2012



1755 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the only real flaws i can find are some typos. Other than that this is a pretty solid review, and good for a first. I totally agree with the rating aswell

johnnydeking29
January 14th 2012



9011 Comments


Good review, although you should have talked a little more about the album as a whole instead of focusing on each track
Personally, I think that the album is awful and I'm absolutely sick of hearing Paradise on every single radio station everyday

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Castleman12
January 14th 2012



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Dimor: Thanks, man! Would you mind pointing out the typos if you don't mind? I just stopped listening to Word on some things as it just got unreasonable.

@johnny: Thanks! And yeah, I was trying to pull away from the "track-by-track" style review, but whenever I realized it pulled me back, it was already too late...
I do agree that some of theirs songs are overplayed/hyped (Teardrop and Paradise) and it takes away from the song massively. That's why I've just tried to ignore the radio, haha.

DinoX
January 14th 2012



3582 Comments


A good way to stray for track by track is to talk about the overall atmosphere, sound, highlights, change for the band etc

KILL
January 14th 2012



71134 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

sucks

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Ire
January 14th 2012



41753 Comments


duh

KILL
January 14th 2012



71134 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

every teardrop is a waterfall

Ire
January 14th 2012



41753 Comments


speed of sound is supposed to be a (gay)nod to running up that hill



Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 14th 2012



49955 Comments


very gay

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KILL
January 14th 2012



71134 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

i like shiver

iambandersnatch
January 14th 2012



1469 Comments


HEY GUISE ITS COOL TO HATE COLDPLAY

KILL
January 14th 2012



71134 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

ugh another faggot

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 14th 2012



49955 Comments


I hate coldplay cuz they suck so fuck off

Romulus
January 14th 2012



8423 Comments


Some complained, saying that this is Coldplay turning too mainstream


Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 14th 2012



49955 Comments


They were already as mainstream as you can get

sublimefan1991
January 15th 2012



754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

"My first review here (probably the first ever)!"

wouldn't you know definitively if it is/isn't your first ever? also, saying "it is a great song and marks a key point in Coldplay’s career" about fucking princess of china is, i'm hoping, not written in a complimentary way. cuz that shit's horrendous. i do agree w/ your overall rating though, nice enough first review.

Castleman12
January 15th 2012



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@sublimefan: Yeaaah I can understand how the song can be seen as crappy. Especially with Rihanna
randomly popping up in there, probably not the best first impression. I, personally, don't mind it,
and like I said: it's definitely not the best on the album. I meant "key point" as in having a guest
singer within one of their main LPs (so, not including Lost+ or anything along those lines). Hopefully
this won't become a regular case with the band, but obviously it happened here and it was interesting
to see which direction they would take. Even if it wasn't looked highly upon by...quite a few people.

EDIT: And yes, they have been mainstream for quite a while. I just see this album as them reacting to
the popularity. In other words, they became even more mainstream than many of us could possibly
comprehend.

wacknizzle
January 15th 2012



12874 Comments


coldplay is the shit until this album, the only good song is paradise, everything else is mediocre

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