Mylo Xyloto review


Photo by Coldplay: Jeremy M Farmer

Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin, singing at the 2011 Lollapalooza festival.

Story by Mackenzie Phillips, Staff Writer

Entertainment Grade: B

At first I didn’t like Mylo Xyloto much at all. When I first listened to it, it didn’t sound like Coldplay to me. I’ve been listening to Coldplay for a really long time and I absolutely love their first three albums. But when their fourth album, Viva la Vida, came out, I was a little disappointed. It was different and I didn’t much care for it. And now Mylo Xyloto has followed in Viva la Viva’s suit.

I feel like Coldplay has started to conform to today’s pop music style. Their sound used to be raw with more instrumental sound and in-depth lyrics. But beginning with Viva la Vida and especially in Mylo Xyloto, their sound has become computerized and synthesized and their songs are a little repetitive at some points in the album. They’ve lost the sound that I love, the sound on Parachutes, A Rush of Blood to Head, and X&Y. But despite the disappointment I feel with this album, I do actually like it.

This album is by far not my favorite, but as far as modern music, I think it’s great. I like the slight orchestral sound that leads into heavy bass in the track Paradise. “Us Against the World” reminds me of the Coldplay sound I that I remember from their first three albums. And I love Chris Martin and Rihanna’s duet in “Princess of China”. I also like the three instrumental tracks that are under a minute. They’re a nice transition into the tracks that proceed them.

Best tracks: “Hurts Like Heaven”, “Paradise”, “Charlie Brown”, “Princess of China”
Not-so-good tracks: “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall”, “Don’t Let It Break Your Heart”