Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto

Coldplay - Fifth studio album in just over a decade finds the U.K. band once again skillfully maneuvering through majestic rock anthems, hook-laden pop melodies and just enough artsy cred to keep the indie hip gatekeepers interested -- of course, selling nearly 3 million of their last album in the U.S. didn't hurt...working with famed composer/instrumentalist and producer Brian Eno -- who's helped raise the creative bar for U2 over the years -- the Chris Martin-led outfit doesn't so much reinvent as they do sonically shape-shift// Release: Mylo Xyloto (October 25, Capitol) // Sounds like: we've seen other bands phone in creatively at this point in their careers but Coldplay still feels like they have something to prove and -- with Eno's prodding -- give MX a discernable urgency...like the best albums, this is truly an album rather than a collection of songs, with XXL thematic scope and a desire to take us places we haven't gone before...guitarist (and co-founder) Jonny Buckland's wide-screen dominance with some muscular yet agile textural riffs gives the album a definitive spark while Eno's ambient intros and segues help offset the heat with some chilly electronics...

Quote: "The hope is for the record to be free from any musical kind of box. It very much comes from the Brian Eno professorship of, 'Go anywhere. As long as it's you guys, you can go anywhere...We've been together long enough that I know how everyone else is feeling, and it makes me excited when I feel the others are excited..." Chris Martin // What we like: Who would have thought that a song named "Charlie Brown" would be an ambitious new high point for the band? A galloping drive spurred on by Buckland's staccato lines are balanced by Martin's remarkably restrained vocals -- one of the best, most memorable riffs we've heard in years...listen carefully and you'll hear the fan multitude singing along with the chorus of new latest single "Paradise", a massive song that makes you long for a turntable and a pair of equally massive speakers..."Major Minus" turns things upside down with some minor chord acousticism while "Up In Flames" shows that Martin and band still know their way around a moody, ticking-time ballad...

 

Coldplay - "Paradise" (from Mylo Xyloto)

Coldplay - "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" (from Mylo Xyloto)