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X&Y

An album by Coldplay

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Very underrated - arguably the band's best yet

  • Sep 26, 2005
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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 "Square One", which starts out sounding a little mystic, as well as calm. The percussion comes in and it starts moving a little faster, and then the guitar enters and it takes off. "What If?" takes a little while to get started, but once it does it's great. "White Shadows" is a terrific song, with heavy drums and a great guitar line; this is one of the band's best. "Fix You" is a nice song that has a nice feeling of closure to it (maybe it should have been at the end of the album?). Again, once the guitar comes in, "Fix You" really takes off. This is another of the band's finest songs. "Talk" is very fun, wasting no time in pulling you in. And then comes what may be my favorite Coldplay song ever, and the song which I believe is the best to come out of this album: "X&Y". It begins with Chris Martin sounding as though he's struggling through something, maybe barely surviving; and then the drums come in and the song gets a sudden burst of strength.

The second half of the album begins with "Speed of Sound", which at first sounds like a "Clocks" rip-off; after a few more seconds of listening, it's clear that it isn't. "A Message" is, for the first half anyway, a calm song which has Martin singing "And I'm not gonna take it back, and I'm not gonna say I don't mean that, you're the target that I'm aiming at, and I'm nothing on my own ... got to get that message home." The next song, "Low", is a fast-paced tune that's one of the more popular pieces on the album (and it's not incredibly hard to see why). "The Hardest Part" is probably the weakest song on the album. Not that it's a bad song - it just doesn't have anything to make it stand out.

The final three songs on the album are all pretty calm. "Swallowed in the Sea" is a declaration of love from Chris Martin. "Twisted Logic" is a bit of a tipsy song with some heavy drums, which closes off the album - or so it would seem. There is a hidden thirteenth track titled "Til Kingdom Come" which was written by Johnny Cash, but he died before he was able to record the song. It would have been a fine piece for Cash, but Martin handles it pretty well himself.

I think "X&Y" is very underrated. As with the band's previous albums, it takes a few listens for you to really appreciate it. It's probably the most high-powered of Coldplay's three albums, and I'd say that it is - arguably - the band's best yet. For fans of the band, it's (obviously) essential. I'd highly recommend that anyone who's not familiar with the band give it a try.

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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 …
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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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