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This review is from: X&Y (Audio CD)
The best songs on Parachutes and A Rush of Blood To The Head were the simple ones and the recognisable ones. Yellow. The Scientist. Amsterdam is one of my favourite songs ever. Trouble. Clocks. Everything's Not Lost. Green Eyes. Pretty much every song on Parachutes then. The two I hate most on a ARoBttH, the two i skip past most, are the ones that go against that winning Coldplay formula and use synths, Daylight and A Whisper. For their third album, X&Y, Coldplay have decided to use those synths more expansively. And it does work a lot better than A Whisper. The title track for example, can only be described as beautiful, reminiscent of the title track on ARoBttH, both choruses soar. But in my opinion White Shadows is a very forced song, redeeming itself near the end. And I think those are two important points on this album, there are three songs i only listen to for one particular moment; A Message (and i love you please come home), otherwise an overemotional soppy song, Twisted Logic (you'll go backwards etc.) and White Shadows (answer now it's what I need etc.), and that's not a good basis to listen to a song. The other point is the lyrics. The Scientist's lyrics especially sounded effortless and natural, on moments you'll find that here, but for the most part they sound a bit forced. And why shouldn't they? The member's of Coldplay have enjoyed so much success there's nothing particularly heartbreaking to write. In fact the best song is about Gwyneth Paltrow getting over her dad's death or something, proving that Coldplay still need inspiration to write an outstanding song. There are only two songs on here that I love, and they are Fix You and the "hidden track" Till Kingdom Come, and they wouldn't be out of place in ARoBttH. As I said before, the best songs are simple. And that's what those two are. A lot of negative things have been said in this review, but this is still an absolutely outstanding album, if this hadn't been Coldplay's third album it would have been a masterpiece. I think this is Coldplay experimenting with music, getting comfortable with it. I'm wrong of course, because Chris Martin says he never hopes to top this. But whatever, I think next album their talents will come together and that will be their true masterpiece.