Mylo Xyloto CD
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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.
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.
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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.Read more ›
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.
These are songs after all - so the words should have have some meaning on their own, and they should be interesting, and they should stand up to repetition, indeed even get better. I suspect the band may have known the lyrics were weak - there's rather too much of Chris Martin going ooh-ooh-ooh, aah-aaah, la-la-lala-la-lala and whoo-oo-oo, more noticeably so than on other CDs. Surely a classicist like him could find more inspiration?
Yes I know, many current song lyrics (even the ones worth listening too) are highly repetitive and sometimes trivial. But - call me an old fogey with justification! - songs are supposed to carry emotion, and the words should be a central part of that.
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Coldplay, pure brilliance and great entertainers. A really good album and great value.Published 5 days ago by Oldminiman