77. Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto (2011)
1. Mylo Xyloto
2. Hurts Like Heaven
4. Charlie Brown
5. Us Against the World
7. Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall
8. Major Minus
10. Princess of China
11. Up in Flames
12. A Hopeful Transmission
13. Don’t Let It Break Your Heart
14. Up with the Birds
Who is/are Coldplay?
In the era of home/mobile assistants, I thought I’d ask Microsoft’s Cortana this question. It responded “Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996 by lead vocalist and keyboardist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at University College London.”
If this looks familiar, it is…
Why did you buy this album?
This is the first of our Coldplay albums that I didn’t buy for myself. Instead, this was on my wife’s Amazon wishlist, and bought for her either as part of a birthday present, or as a stocking filler.
Based on the singles released from it, I doubt I’d have bought it otherwise…
What’s it like?
Overall, it sounds like an overproduced electronic mess, with little or no coherence. Which is odd, because according to the Wikipedia, “‘Mylo Xyloto‘ is a concept album and a thematic rock opera. The album tells the story of a war against sound and colour by a supremacist government, set in the world of Silencia, an Orwellian society.” I urge you to read the rest here…
It’s essentially the plot of the Queen juxebox musical ‘We Will Rock You‘, which itself is essentially a variation of Rush’s ‘2112‘ concept album, both of which have better music than this Coldplay album.
After listening to it now, do you (still) like this album?
I didn’t like the album first time round, and don’t particularly like it now. Everything that interested me about the previous two albums has gone, to be replaced with awful sounding electronics, that “Para, Para, Paradise” lyric*, and Rihanna…
Any stand-out tracks?
Not for any good reasons. ‘Major Minus‘ sticks out for sounding like Kasabian** covering U2 and being exactly as dreadful as that description sounds.
Elsewhere, ‘Paradise‘ stands out for the awful, awful, awful chorus, and ‘Princess of China‘ for being a) a “duet” with Rihanna***, and b) the most generic pop garbage Coldplay have ever spewed forth.
Rating out of 10?
2/10. Bonus point for using Brian Eno again.
Next up: JP Cooper – Raised Under Grey Skies
*Quite possibly one of the most irritating and infuriating choruses I have ever heard.
***Becoming the first of only two Rihanna songs I have ever (consciously) heard, the other being ‘Sledgehammer‘ from ‘Star Trek Beyond‘.