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As Colourful As The Cover,
This review is from: Mylo Xyloto (Audio CD)
Far from being the promised return to a more acoustic sound, MX finds COLDPLAY diving headfirst into the production age: lots of synths and samples, programming and plug-ins, and uber-bright sound (yes overcompressed like most pop releases these days, in a few years this will no doubt be retro-remastered far quieter but with better dynamics!)
But it is a calculated move rather than a refuge for the desperate or uninspired, as this is their strongest set of songs since 'A Rush Of blood'. COLDPLAY were always about melody and uplift first and foremost, and this album has bags of them to spare. No overlong tracks, great tunes and lots of invention.
We all miss the intimacy of 'Parachutes' - the relaxed delicacy of 'we never change' couldn't happen now, but after the bloated 'X & Y' with it's worryingly Simple Minds-esque stadium posturing and the aimless and forgettable 'Viva La Vida', MX is a real shot in the arm.
For those who can overcome the initial 'shiny production' shock (and Rhianna guest spot!), Mylo Xyloto is a jet-powered return to form which could only have been bettered by the inclusion of the stunning 'Moving to Mars' from the 'Every teardrop' EP - just WHY would you leave off a gem like that??? Open ears and open mind