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Things have gone ridiculously well for Coldplay since 2002'sA Rush of Blood to the Head. The group's global album sales have soared past the 10-million mark, putting it in the same stratosphere as megabandsU2and theDave Matthews Band. People have offered up their bank accounts, cars, and even bodies for tickets to its shows. And, in a interesting twist, frontman Chris Martin married Gwyneth Paltrow and set the tabloid world aflame. Funny thing, then, that the British quartet's much-anticipated third album,X&Y, is all about staying grounded. In the powerful opener, "Square One," the singer insists people are fundamentally the same no matter what their stature: "You just want... Somebody listening to what you say," he sings. On "Fix You," Martin grapples with imperfection and missed opportunity: "When you love someone but it goes to waste... Could it be worse?" Meanwhile, the vibrant single, "Speed of Sound," is all about reconnecting with the spirit and soul in the face of the paparazzi's flashbulbs. Musically, the band has never sounded more adventurous, referencing everyone fromKraftwerk("Talk") to thePogues("Swallowed in the Sea"), all the while sweeping aside thoseRadiohead-lite comparisons to embrace a massive, moving sound that makes simplicity seem sublime.--Aidin Vaziri
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review by . May 01, 2007
Pros: Chris Martin (seriously, I think he's a genius!), wonderful lyrics and gorgeous melodies...     Cons: ...a few duds here and there     The Bottom Line: X&Y is a great album. I'm really looking forward to Coldplay's next release, which is set for sometime this year.     Coldplay has recently become one of my favorite bands. Though I've always been interested in their music (and especially lead singer, Chris Martin) it wasn't until …
review by . September 26, 2005
posted in Music Matters
I love Coldplay. I don't know why, exactly. They just have this cool, relaxed, refreshing sound. Great guitar and easy drums, not to mention Chris Martin's vocals. I guess they're just a cool band - which is something that there seems to be an absence of nowadays. I liked "Parachutes" a lot, and I thought "Rush of Blood to the Head" was even better. But I've gotta say, I think "X&Y" is the band's best yet.    The album is just one great song after the other. It kicks off with …
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