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Coldplay Audio CD
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Things have gone ridiculously well for Coldplay in the three years since 2002's A Rush of Blood To The Head. The group's global album sales have soared past the 10-million mark, putting it in the same stratosphere as U2 and the Dave Matthews Band. People have offered up their bank accounts, cars and even bodies for tickets to its shows. And, in a nice twist, front man Chris Martin married Gwyneth Paltrow, setting the tabloid world aflame. Funny thing, then, that the British quartet's much-anticipated third album, X&Y, is all about keeping its feet on the ground. In the powerful opener "Square One," the singer insists people are fundamentally the same no matter their stature. "You just want/ Somebody listening to what you say," he sings. On "Fix You," Martin grapples with imperfection and missed opportunity: "When you love someone but it goes to waste/ Could it be worse?" Meanwhile, the vibrant first single, "Speed of Sound," is all about reconnecting with the spirit and soul in the face of the paparazzo's flashbulbs. Musically, the band has never sounded more adventurous, referencing everyone from Kraftwerk ("Talk") to the Pogues ("Swallowed In The Sea"), all the while sweeping aside those Radiohead-lite comparisons to embrace a massive, moving sound that makes simplicity seem sublime. --Aidin Vaziri

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The Absolute, Ultimate Collector's Edition of the British Band's Third Chart Topping Hit Album.this Limited Edition Issue Includes a Bonus Dvd with Six Bonus Songs (All Taken from the Backing Tracks of Three Singles Released in Conjunction with this Album): "Things I Don't Understand", "Proof", "The World Turned Upside Down", "Pour Me (Live at the Hollywood Bowl)", "Sleeping Sun" and "Gravity". Then, the Disc also Includes the Promotional Videos of all the Singles: "Speed of Sound", "Fix You", "Talk" and "The Hardest Part". Get Your Order in Quickly to Make Sure You Don't Miss this Very Special Package.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but can get better June 16 2005
Format:Audio CD
The first time I heard the album (after running out to get it as soon as it hit the shelves) I was really disappointed. They all sounded the same. Too much Chris Martin, not enough high intensity music. The lyrics seemed weak too.
BUT, I kept listening and my opinion has changed quite a bit. Some of the songs are very well written and interesting. Martin sounds good on it, and there is a lot of high paced urgency in it like in previous releases.
"The Hardest Part" is a beautiful song and has really grown on me.
"Swallowed in the Sea" is great, and a different sound.
"White Shadows" has great lyrics and music - I think its my favourite on the cd.
"What If" is destined to be a classic - maybe Coldplay's best ever.
Square One, X&Y and the rest are good - they are all good, and there is enough difference in each one to each to make them each specifically interesting.
I highly recommend this CD. I loved the first 2 from Coldplay, and if you did too, you will love this CD.
Fo r their next CD, I'd like to hear them mix it up more - try some things really new. This CD is a little too much for radio.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring Album, Vinyl Skipped, Returned Feb. 7 2014
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
The one thing I thought was done well was the packaging and presentation of the vinyl. Not a huge fan of the band, found it boring. Quality of the vinyl just wasnt where I would expect it to be for price tag. Returned item.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Coldplay album to date. June 2 2005
Format:Audio CD
This much anticipated album does not disapoint. Coldplay delivers another album with 13 awesome tracks. With rap music taking over the airwaves, Coldplay reminds us just what real music is with X&Y. If you liked their first single, Speed of Sound, you'll love evey other song. White Shadows has a much more upbeat tune, much like Clocks off their second album, A Rush Of Blood To The Head. Fix You and A Message are very mellow with the use of the accoustic guitar, while Speed Of Sound and The Hardest Part rely on the use of the piano. With Chris Martin's smooth voice bringing everything together, Coldplay can do no wrong. Although the piano is not present as much as in previous Coldplay albums, the sound is still overall better than Parachutes or A Rush Of Blood To The Head. No cd collection or iPod will be complete without this album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing June 3 2005
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
Absolutely amazing. Coldplay has made an amazing cd which mixes it's beautiful acoustic sound of Parachutes, and there paino smashing hits off a Rush of Blood to the Head to make one amazing cd. It's some what more "rockish" then the previous two albums, but still stays true to Coldplay's amazing song writing formula. Even if you aren't a Coldplay fan, you need to check this cd out. It will definatly be one of this years best.
Some of the highlights of this album are: What If, Fix You, Talk, X & Y, Swallowed by the Sea, and Twisted Logic.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad, not great June 15 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I agree with the customer from georgetown. the album is all about what chris can do with his voice. That's not a bad thing, but for all the hype this album has, his voice is not sufficient. I prefer a rush of blood to the head better. At least i am not entirely disappointed or against this album. it is listenable and I still find that coldplay is a band that is truly in it for making music and they do a fine job of that.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Needed Fixing On This Album June 8 2005
By Ok_Lai
Format:Audio CD
"Fix You" is right now my favourite song by Coldplay... Musically... not their best album... but lyrically... it may give Rush of Blood to the head a challenge... here are my ratings
Square One: 4.5/5 - some pretty risky notes sung by Chris Martin, lots of energy, good start to the album
What If: 5/5 - if you liked songs like "Everything's Not Lost", "The Scientist"... this maybe your favourite song on the album
White Shadows: 3.5/5 - a song i might have to grow into, but still a decent track... it took me a while to really like "Shiver"... so give this track some time...
Fix You: 500000000/5 - this song blew my mind... when i heard it on "The O.C." I automatically fell in love with it... maybe the most touching song they've ever written... in my oppinion of course... put this one on REPEAT!!!
Talk: 4/5 - a little boring... but very easy to listen to... not a standout track...
X&Y: 4.5/5 - nice start... the 1st minute or so is quite addictive... the rest may need some time to grow into as well...
Speed Of Sound: 5/5 - The next Clocks? Maybe not. But still an awesome song, good for n e time of the day...
A Message: 5/5 - A clash of The Beatles meets U2, an excellent song... could relate to a lot of you people out there...
Low: 3/5 - possibly one of the weaker tracks on the album... very forgettable...
The Hardest Part: 4/5 - OK... nuff said
Swallowed In The Sea: 5/5 - maybe it's just my taste... i like the soft and sentimental songs by Coldplay... Chris Martin is just brilliant... he can honestly sing anything and make it incredible...
Twisted Logic: 4/5 - listenable... i'll like it eventually
'Til Kingdom Come: 5/5 - R.I.P. Johnny Cash... i would of loved to hear Mr. Cash sing this song... but I guess Chris Martin will do...
i hope my review has been of help... BUY THIS ALBUM NOWWWW!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stale Bread June 15 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you loved the first two, you'll eat up X&Y with a spoon. It offers an essentially identical sound as its predecessors. Loved the emo of "The Scientist"? Now we have "Fix You". Thought "Clocks" was brilliant? Try out "Speed of Sound".
However, to those who found Coldplay's past albums to be exhaustingly mediocre, X&Y isn't even worth the download nor the flexing of your mouth's musscels as you cringe to lyrics about cutting down a tree.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Safe
This album plays it safe. It's good, but not great. It's major flaw is the fact that it follows the same idea as Parachutes and A Rush of Blood to the Head. Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2010 by Kyle Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Coldplay Classic
These are some of the best songwriting I've heard from Coldplay. If you enjoy Keane, the Fray, this album is for you.
Published on March 2 2010 by Alan Wong
2.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for copy controlled CDs
The album is great.
I just wish it had been made clear that this was a copy-controlled CD. That is, I can do nothing with it now (put it on my mp3 player etc). Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2009 by Daniel Wallis
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Great Band Can Live Up to the Hype
This is one of the few instances where a critically and publically acclaimed band delivered, when the bar had been set impossibly high. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2006 by SRM
2.0 out of 5 stars A Letdown!
I have to say first that I found this CD no where in the league of their first 2 CD's which I would give 10 stars to Parachutes and A Rush of Blood to the Head. Read more
Published on April 19 2006 by C. Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars No weak tracks.
In this day and age where most CD's have a few good tracks and the rest is filler, this CD is uniformly good. Read more
Published on March 18 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars COLDPLAY KICKS ASS!!
This CD is AMAZING. If you liked there other 2 CD's, you will also love this one! COLDPLAY IS THE BEST BAND EVER! LOVE YOU CHRIS MARTIN!!
Published on Feb. 10 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars It made me a Coldplay Fan
I never liked Coldplay all that much and I loved Speed of Sound so I bought the CD. It's fantastic! I've converted to being a Coldplay fan now! Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD!
I bought this CD about 2 months ago and must have listened to it a thousand times! Love it!
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Published on Dec 26 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars coldplay is its own catagory of music
coldplay is my favourite artists this album was amazing just like all the others
Published on Dec 21 2005 by john
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