Review: Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto

Posted: November 10, 2011 in Reviews

Coldplay returns to the charts with its biggest album yet, Mylo Xyloto (I do not own this image)

Back in the summer of 2008, around the time Coldplay released Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, you either adored the British pop-rockers or you hated them.  I fell into the latter category.  But that all changed with the group’s most recent album, Mylo Xyloto, which hit the record stores on October 24th, 2011.

The record kicks off with slow, melodic keyboards and bells of “Mylo Xyloto,” the first of three short, instrumental introductory tracks.  I am typically not a fan of these as they seem like filler, though “Mylo Xyloto” flows perfectly into the first full length song, “Hurts Like Heaven,” which climaxes with a chorus that seems to almost stop time altogether.  And that really describes the whole album: Mylo Xyloto is ambitious and monstrous that people should be excited to hear played in a grandeous arena rock setting.  The verses, prechoruses and choruses are all extremely catchy and the tunes are as consistently melodic as any classic Coldplay song.  Mylo is more heavily produced than any of the band’s past albums, as displayed by its synths, carefully orchestrated guitar solos and instrumental sections, and spacey vocals.

The album has a really BIG, powerful sounds, fueled by dramatic cuts like the lead single, “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall,” with it’s tight guitar line, “Paradise,” a classically inspired tune riddled with a string section, the ever-catchy “Charlie Brown,” and the more experimental acoustic-electric mixture, “Major Minus.”  Mylo Xyloto rocks as hard, if not harder than any other Coldplay album and holds its own next to albums by arena fillers like U2, The Moody Blues and Radiohead.  This ex-Coldplay-hater highly recommends you put this dramatic release on your holiday wish list.

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