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Coldplay's massively anticipated new album, X&Y, is the follow-up to 2002's 16-million selling 'A Rush of Blood To The Head' and includes the single 'Speed of Sound'. X&Y was recorded at studios in the UK and has been produced by Danton Supple (Morrissey, Elbow), Ken Nelson (Badly Drawn Boy, Kings of Convenience) and the band themselves. US pressing features the hidden bonus track, 'Til Kingdom Come' which is available on all other pressings. EMI. 2005.
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 --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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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.
Some of the highlights of this album are: What If, Fix You, Talk, X & Y, Swallowed by the Sea, and Twisted Logic.
The answer in the last few albums has become rather resounding, while the music in itself is not poor, in fact it is quiet listenable, with nice tracks such as "Square One" and "What if?". With equally grand songs as "Square One" and "White Shadows" being played. The album has nice tempo changes, moving from a nice slow pace, to a more uptempo beat. However in all the machinations of the album, one cannot help but see how terrible formulaic the reality of composition is.
Coldplay has found a middle of the road that seems to work well for them, and is travelling it perfectly, the album while good in itself lacks any sort of experimentation, innovation, or change that generally sets apart a brilliant cd, from a merely mediocre album. The album is like the diet coke of albums, neither is it so horrible that one would pick it up and immedietly wish to throw it in the closest rubbish bin, yet it is startingly lacking in terms of actual artistry.
Thus, certain high-end CD players and low-end players (e.g. car stereos) are not able to play these discs without problems. Until EMI improves this, I hope you think twice about buying these corrupted discs. EMI SOME OF US DO LEGALLY USE YOUR DISCS AND WOULD LIKE TO ENJOY THEM WITH THE EXPECTED FLEXIBILITY OF USE !
When you get your copy keep in mind these songs:
What If? (X&Y's version of Trouble),
A Message (X&Y's version of Parachuts and Yellow mixed together), and, surely,
Fix You (most touching lyrics in the whole album)
because then you will have to listen to the whole album again just to realize what a magical piece of work this is.
Most recent customer reviews
Speed of Sound... Fix You... so many good songs on here! I love Coldplay's albums, but this one has got to be my favourite. A classic in my books.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of Coldplay's best albums, don't skip this one, it's a must have.Published 17 months ago by Blair M. Kejick
Their best album, every song except X&Y are amazing in both sound and lyrics. X&Y has great sound like the rest of them, but not as good lyrically for me.Published 22 months ago by nick jaggan
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2014 by Alejandro S.