Coldplay / Mylo Xyloto


Mylo Xyloto

Mylo Xyloto (pronounced /ˈmaɪloʊ ˈzaɪlətoʊ/) is the fifth studio album by English alternative rock band Coldplay. The album was released worldwide on 24 October 2011 by EMI.[2] It was preceded by the lead single, “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall“, on 3 June 2011. Upon its release, Mylo Xyloto received mixed reviews from critics.

The Analysis:

Mylo Xyloto—-This 42 second intro is full of the lush classic Coldplay sound…..warming me and making me salivate with anticipation…..almost magical.

Hurts Like Heaven—-The first proper track on this release is nothing less than spectacular. Carrying the traditional Coldplay sound while immersing itself in a retro sounding 80’s delivery, this makes me think of The Furs without the accent. The guitar is wonderfully jangly and the drums are in the forefront of the mix…this is warm and sad at the same time…just magical.

Paradise—-Beginning with a sound more lush than a hot summer forest, there seem to be layers and layers to this track. There are strings, keyboards, electronics and the wonderful sedate voice from Martin. This is fantastic…not nearly as sedate and depressing as many of the other material from this band, there is depth to the lyrics…and they are vivid…almost making me lose myself while i am writing. This really is my favorite  Coldplay release….critics be damned!

Charlie Brown—-With varied electronic effects, this begins with a nice magical and mysterious air before opening up into a nice Alt Rock layered Coldplay track. The vocal is mixed to the very front and Chris has rarely sounded better….he keeps the overwhelming falsetto to a minimum…making the track even more accessible. This is extraordinary!

Us Against The World—-One of the few tracks on this release that actually begins with a solid guitar, the acoustics fall into place rather quickly. This is sedate and introspective…quiet and thoughtful at times and coming alive at the right and appropriate times. this is phenomenal…..I’m pretty impressed by this entire adventure!

M.M.I.X.—-Another short interlude that is layered and heavy…setting you up for…..

Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall—-The first proper released single from this CD, this is acceptable. By far the least of my favorite tracks on this release, it will be interesting how they follow this single up and with what track. The guitars are driving and the vocal is somewhat generic…this was a safe track for the band to record. there are slight electronics involved and some fantastic bass drum….the track is layered and pretty…at times a bit loud. Surprisingly the first single…next!

Major Minus—-Another track that begins with some nice guitar, the sound is a bit odd for me…like Martins vocal is pushed way to the back of the mix for the first part of the song…and then suddenly emerging out of nowhere to become the lead! The guitar is at times loud and suddenly takes on an acoustic volume…this is magical for me…I could not be happier with this release.

U’F.O.—-Returning to a full acoustic and stripped down sound, this is introspective and vivid. the words fly at you like picture after picture…the slides of life are on full display.  There is a nice lush sound to the entire damn thing…the kind of song that brings tears to your eyes at the right moment of your life…I will turn to this time and time again…there are lessons in this song.

Princess Of China [featuring Rhianna]—-Noisy and a bit bombastic, Chris sounds so level and at peace with his delivery. The driving sound of the song keeps your attention and makes you wonder what is coming next….Rhianna does not disappoint…delivering a vocal that blends with Chris in a magical way. This is stellar…if this is not a huge track for this band…well, then there is something wrong with the ears of the world!

A  Hopeful Transmission—-Another 30 second interlude that leads us into…..

Up In Flames—-Beginning heavy with an electronic feel, this is just a classic track…reminding me of both Coldplay and U2 at the same time. Even though the music is stripped down, the sound is very large and layered…providing pounds of emotion with each bar. This is simply fantastic…..

Don’t Let It Break Your Heart—-This makes me think of later day Verve right from the onset…the sound is a bit snaky and layered with attitude and emotion….the entire thing makes me a bit sad and magically smile all at the same time…exactly what music is all about!!!

Up With The Birds—-Ending the release on an incredibly sedate manner, Martin almost reminds me of a younger Roger Waters on this track…this is a missing track from The Wall!!!! Remarkably emotive and sedate with a slight movement of happiness…this is wonderful….rounding out things in a fantastic way!!!

****3/4 out of 5

 

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