"Mylo Xyloto" is the fifth and most recent offering from Coldplay who are undoubtedly one of the most popular and successful bands of the past decade. Their music seems to have evolved as time has gone by and, on this particular album, the fusion of Pop, Rock and electronic sounds works to perfection, creating a very energetic and upbeat record.
"Hurts Like Heaven" is a very fast paced electronic Rock number with a great energy and infectious melody. The same can be said for the fantastic lead single "Paradise" which is a more mid-tempo track but is a true gem in that it possesses such a catchy chorus with a great string section. "Charlie Brown" follows in the same vein with a slightly rockier edge to it. After a punchy start to the album, "Up Against The World" is a pleasant and well crafted acoustic guitar ballad with Folk influences. The pace quickens once again with the addictive and anthemic "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" and the powerful "Major Minus". "U.F.O" is a short but sweet acoustic guitar tune followed by the wonderful Pop inspired "Princess Of China", featuring Rihanna. "Up In Flames" is a piano led ballad with a strong melody and beautiful arrangements. "Don't Let It Break Your Heart" is another fantastic Rock infused creation and the final track "Up With The Birds" starts off as a very melancholic and gentle piano led ballad and builds into a nicely crafted soft rock track.
There is a slightly more commercial feel to "Mylo Xyloto" compared to the 4 previous Coldplay albums, but I feel that this is quite a positive direction the band are taking as they are proving that they are willing to think outside the box, reinvent themselves and add new dimensions to their music. "Mylo Xyloto" represents a change in direction for them, but also a step forward and is a welcome addition to Coldplay's already accomplished catalogue of music.