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Coldplay began working on Mylo Xyloto in 2009, while the band was still in the midst of its multi-year tour in support of Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. Recording ...Read more
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... this album is going to have a lot of teething problems.

Firstly, as has been the way with most of Coldplay's work: The album is very much unlike their previous ...Read more
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Coldplay didnt leave me cold
Coldplay didnt leave me cold, quite the opposite, amazing album, well designed and intelligent. I bought the cd for the fantastic Paradise and Charlie Brown, two songs I kept ...Read more

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Track Listing
1. Mylo Xyloto
2. Hurts Like Heaven
3. Paradise
4. Charlie Brown
5. Us Against the World
6. M.M.I.X.
7. Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall
8. Major Minus
9. U.F.O.
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

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Number of CDs:1
Recording Type:Studio
EAN:5099908755322

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Coldplay began working on Mylo Xyloto in 2009, while the band was still in the midst of its multi-year tour in support of Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. Recording sessions stretched from 2009 to 2011, with Brian Eno collaborating with the band on several songs and R&B singer Rihanna lending her vocals to “Princes of China.” Markus Dravs, Daniel Green, and Rik Simpson all shared production credits, too, resulting in a diverse album inspired by industrial rock and electro-pop. Coldplay began debuting the new tracks as early as May 2011, with “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” kicking off a string of anthemic singles.

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Created: 07/11/11
... this album is going to have a lot of teething problems.

Firstly, as has been the way with most of Coldplay's work: The album is very much unlike their previous stuff. Don't get me wrong, the album shares many parallels with all of their previous material. However, it's different enough that fans coming here expecting a remake of [Coldplay Album Name] WILL be disappointed. Admittedly, I too had my reservations when the singles were released. But it just takes a bit of getting used to - the quality is still there, it's just a different flavour.

Secondly, the album lacks a full, out-and-out single. I'm not saying the songs are weak (far from it) - but to me, the album lacks a 'frontman' of a song. There isn't really a single song that you can use to show off to a new listener (In the way that all the previous albums had key, outstanding tracks which helped keep you listening long enough for the quality of the underrated songs to come through) Alas, there is still no contender for the global play-on-loop-50-times hit that is 'Viva la Vida'. It's a shame, because nearly all of the songs are excellent

Thirdly, as has been mentioned by others: The mixing is very heavily done and will punish high and low quality speakers alike. On the first number of listens for many songs, it feels like you're met with a solid wall of noise where the vocals sound almost muffled. As a person who's a sucker for melodies, I was fine with this after a few listens - but those are more about good lyrics might find this very off-putting (at least until they can discern what's actually being said!)

As you may have gathered then: The album needs some getting used to. It's initial feel is very bright, bold and colourful - but can also feel a bit 'brash' and 'in-your-face' at times. The good news is that it rewards patience and the overall quality of the songs are very, very high. (I can't really find any 'weak' songs on this one)

To the track listing:

1. Mylo Xyloto - A 40-second (slightly Christmassy) instrumental lead-up which perfectly introduces...
2. Hurts Like Heaven - A brilliantly Upbeat and toe-tapping intro. A tad cheesy / pop-esque, but a brilliant start to the album
3. Paradise - This is an odd one - on the first few listens, it's wishy-washy and flat. I hated it. But give it time and you're singing along to the highly infectious "Para-Para-Paradise"​. A very strong track
4. Charlie Brown - This one's my favourite and should particularly appeal to X&Y / Viva Fans. A delightful blend of strength and emotion. Classic Coldplay
5. Us Against the World - A nudge to their older styles. It's gentle, acoustic and very pleasant
6. M.M.I.X. - Another interlude. Not to be underestimated though, it's a perfect lead-up to what is perhaps the best-known song of this album:
7. Every Teardrop... blah blah - Overall a solid and a thoroughly enjoyable track (Still good after 100+ listens) the second half feels a bit messy with a lot of different instruments mixed in though
8. Major Minus - A dark, powerful yet quirky piece. Quite infectious as the "got one eye on the road and one on you" quickly sticks
9. U.F.O. - A bit underwhelming after some of the bigger tracks of the album, but is a lovely little acoustic piece
10. Princess of China - Coldplay and Rihanna!? I had nightmares about this one. But to their credit, they've done this one well. It's sharp, loaded with synth and Rihanna makes a superb contribution (It's ok, it's not like Lo
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Coldplay didnt leave me cold

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Created: 25/07/12
Coldplay didnt leave me cold, quite the opposite, amazing album, well designed and intelligent. I bought the cd for the fantastic Paradise and Charlie Brown, two songs I kept hearing everywhere. I was worried it might have been one of those cds with a track or two which I knew I liked but I wasnt disapointed what so ever, every track is enjoyable. As I hadnt taken much attention of the band until purchasing Mylo Xyloto I wasnt a fan but I like to consider myself as one now! Definately worth having in the collection.
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If you haven't got this, your life is not yet complete.

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Created: 05/08/12
Mylo Xyloto blows everything else of its kind out of the waters, into oblivion in fact. I’ve never really liked Coldplay if I’m quite honest but I heard ‘Paradise’ and couldn’t help wondering “Who an earth is this?!” knowing I’d heard the voice before but never like this. ‘Paradise’ is an anthem, a song born to be sung in a huge arena, echoed by the crowd and screamed by enthusiastic fans. There’s no doubt Coldplay have taken to their new style like a duck to water. Chris Martin’s voice complimenting the spiky electronica of ‘Hurts Like Heaven’ just as well as the slow, softness of ‘Up In Flames’ which is more like the old Coldplay’s ‘The Scientist’ everyone knew and loved (except me). But actually I love ‘Up In Flames’ as it provides an interlude to the balls-y drum beats and synths. ‘Princess of China’ sees a collaberation with pop princess Rihanna, and I must say this is probably my favourite from the album, Rihanna adds a certain something that Chris Martin can’t achieve on his own. The female vocals add new depth and it just works. For an album I was extremely sceptical of, it’s turned into one of my favourites of all time, not just 2011. My advice? Turn it up as loud as you can and sing along at the top of your lungs.
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looks like coldplay are back!?

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Created: 15/02/12
well looks like coldplay are back. not as good as parachutes but miles better then the last few they produced. i like the 'new' stile some of the songs have, well done boys :) you deserve the credit it is good album.
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Rather disappointing.

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Created: 23/11/11
Hmmmm. Not really thrilled with this new album from Coldplay. Only like 'Paradise' and it's not a very long track.
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