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  • Audio CD (24 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B0053YGYO4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (624 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc: 1

  1. Mylo Xyloto - Coldplay

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Mylo Xyloto was produced by Markus Dravs, Daniel Green and Rik Simpson with "enoxification" and additional composition by Brian Eno. According to Chris Martin, it is a concept album based on a love story with a happy ending, inspired by old school American graffiti and HBO TV series The Wire among other things. Coldplay scooped the best British Group award at the 2012 BRITs off the back of the album's success.

BBC Review

Don't Coldplay love their Xs and their Ys? And their enigmatic album titles? After 2005's X&Y and 2008's Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends comes Mylo Xyloto. Well, it beats Coldplay 5. But any title that needs a pronunciation guide (it's "My-lo zy-letoe") sounds like it's trying a bit too hard. Maybe Chris Martin still yearns for something that infers the depth and gravitas of a Bono or Thom Yorke. The album is apparently a concept work, "based on a love story with a happy ending," Martin claims, and inspired by old-school American graffiti and the anti-Nazi pacifist White Rose Movement: "It's about being free to be yourself and to express yourself among negative surroundings." But the lyrics are still typically Martin's life-affirming, anthem-forming and plain-speaking as ever, more ABC than MYLO XYLOTO.

The same goes for the music. Bassist Guy Berryman said in 2009, "It's time to take our music down different directions and really explore other avenues," and, in name alone, this set suggests Coldplay might finally do an Achtung Baby; they might rip it up and start again, in the presence of said U2 LP's producer Brian Eno, who also worked on Viva la Vida. If the addition of electronic undertows, instrumental snippets (the title-track, M.M.I.X., A Hopeful Transmission) linking many of the tracks and the presence of Rihanna on Princess of China count as "other avenues", then job well done. But Mylo Xyloto is much more a brilliant, shiny and emphatic reinstatement of the euphoric hooks and cuddly ballads that have served the band so well. Case in point: Paradise, where melting strings and church organ feed into a brilliant chorus line that equal parts Fix You and Viva la Vida's title-track. But the main vocal chorus doesn't arrive until over two minutes in, building the tension; the pay-off is both simple and devastating. It's the equal of Yellow, and when Coldplay return to Glastonbury it will take the roof off the sky.

Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall goes one step further than Paradise by lifting Vida la Vida's "who-hoa!" hook, suggesting Coldplay can't truly comprehend new avenues. U2-shaped echoes still run through the deep and wide canyons of their landscaped sound - Major Minus features The Edge-patented guitar chatter, but it's nevertheless a triumph. Charlie Brown has one of those Coldplay-patented sun-breaking-through-clouds moments; Us Against the World (the sentiment that unites the graffiti and anti-Nazi camps) is the key wistful/cuddly ballad alongside Up in Flames, a successful grafting of soul onto the Coldplay model, helped by an understated falsetto and the simplest of piano parts (echoes of Parachutes' gorgeous Everything's Not Lost).

The closing Up With the Birds, which samples Leonard Cohen, is a serene finale that shows Coldplay understand the change of dynamics more than the dynamics of change. Better this than the nominally Euro-disco bent of Princess of China, where Rihanna's presence feels more of a marketing tool than a creative necessity, and there's yet another "who-ay-oh-oh!" chant just in case Coldplay were straying too far from their remit. This appears to support Martin's message of expressing the freedom to be yourself under negative surroundings - not to change just because critics of the band tell them they should. Mylo Xyloto may have an oblique title but it's a triumph because the music is anything but.

--Martin Aston

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By Patrick Løye VINE VOICE on 26 Oct. 2011
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... this album is going to have a lot of teething problems.

Firstly, as has been the way with most of Coldplay's work: The album is very much unlike their previous stuff. Don't get me wrong, the album shares many parallels with all of their previous material. However, it's different enough that fans coming here expecting a remake of [Coldplay Album Name] WILL be disappointed. Admittedly, I too had my reservations when the singles were released. But it just takes a bit of getting used to - the quality is still there, it's just a different flavour.

Secondly, the album lacks a full, out-and-out single. I'm not saying the songs are weak (far from it) - but to me, the album lacks a 'frontman' of a song. There isn't really a single song that you can use to show off to a new listener (In the way that all the previous albums had key, outstanding tracks which helped keep you listening long enough for the quality of the underrated songs to come through) Alas, there is still no contender for the global play-on-loop-50-times hit that is 'Viva la Vida'. It's a shame, because nearly all of the songs are excellent

Thirdly, as has been mentioned by others: The mixing is very heavily done and will punish high and low quality speakers alike. On the first number of listens for many songs, it feels like you're met with a solid wall of noise where the vocals sound almost muffled. As a person who's a sucker for melodies, I was fine with this after a few listens - but those are more about good lyrics might find this very off-putting (at least until they can discern what's actually being said!)

As you may have gathered then: The album needs some getting used to. It's initial feel is very bright, bold and colourful - but can also feel a bit 'brash' and 'in-your-face' at times.
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Coldplay's set at Glastonbury this summer bought home to me just how good this band are. No U2 pretence; just a bunch of guys who enjoy what they do and are very good at doing it. Whether it's Chris Martin on the piano or their fantastic drummer (who reminds me of Animal from The Muppet Show!) bouncing his drum kit off the floor. The new songs they played like 'Charlie Brown' and 'Every Tear Drop' sounded anthemic as you would expect. They were great.

So, along comes the album some 4 months later and it's certainly uplifting. 'Paradise' is catchy but not great Coldplay while aongs like 'Hurts like Heaven' are strong and catchy. Chris Martin is no great lyricist; what he does do is create a wash of sound that you know will raise the rooves on stadia around the world. So, why have I only given this new album three stars? Production in one word. This album has been produced to death by idiots who think that pushing the levers all the way to 'max' is the way to deliver a great album. On a good hi-fi this album sounds sounds like its coming out of a cheap transistor radio made in the sixties. It's distorted, there is little light and shade - jusy bombastic production which is a great shame. Can producers please stop doing this? Give us music that sounds natural rather than pushed up to the max.
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The first three of Coldplay's albums were the best in my opinion.Then came Viva La Vida which had only one good track on it.Any way back to this album - for a live album it's not that bad they are quite a good live band.If you like the new style and direction that this band is now taking then you will quite like this.For me personally, I don't really like there newer material that much,however this is a perfectly acceptable album in it's own right.The sound and production of this album is very good and there are some stand out tracks.
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After listening too a string of summer festivals and hearing a few of these new album songs, I was very excited for the albums release. As an avid Coldplay fan, having seen them live, owning all they're previous albums and on a rampage trying to collect as many singles and rare CD's as possible, I was crazily awaiting this release.

Upon first listen, it is rather enjoyable. However, it's over produced and has way too much going on, this can be easily spotted once the original excitement has worn down ! When you first hear Hurts Like Heaven, you struggle to actually realise that it is Chris Martin singing ! This said, you can really get your feet tapping too this song. Alot of the songs have a very up-beat tones, something which I think Chris has been yearning too do for a long time. With a little less production and less pointless noise going on, the album could be very good.

Above said, I find it hard to recognise a song which stands out from the crowd, there's no "Yellow" or "Fix You" type song which evokes emotion.

I wish Coldplay would get rid of Brian Eno. He is taking them down a Pop/Electric route and its doing nothing for them. "Princess Of China" is a fine example of this, Rihanna's prescence is competley un-necessary. Viva La Vida had faint traces of older work but also twinned in with newer, more experimental work. It was an album I thoroughly enjoyed, yet still lays bottom of my favourite album list from the band. But now they're pushing the boundary too far. They should settle with a style they can pull off.

I found it hard to listen and enjoy, I find it hard to write this review because I simply can't find anything truely bad, nor truely fantastic about it.
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