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by Coldplay

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As they proved on their stellar, remarkably focused sophomore effort, A Rush of Blood to the Head, Coldplay weren't about to be spoiled by success. But in the time since that disc's release, the band -- or, more to the point, major-domo Chris Martin -- have had to deal with a potentially more dangerous problem: a


As they proved on their stellar, remarkably focused sophomore effort, A Rush of Blood to the Head, Coldplay weren't about to be spoiled by success. But in the time since that disc's release, the band -- or, more to the point, major-domo Chris Martin -- have had to deal with a potentially more dangerous problem: a little thing called happiness. While most of the quartet's previous output has dealt with isolation, rejection, and unattainable love, X&Y was crafted in, for lack of a better term, the Gwyneth and Apple Years -- a fact that colors many of the disc's tunes. "The Hardest Part," one of the band's typically elegiac swoonfests, finds Martin marveling at the wonders of pregnancy(!) but managing to stop himself before sinking too deeply into Jim Brickman quicksand. Lovestruck giddiness likewise rears up in the sparse bonus track "Til Kingdom Come," a gentle, folk-tinged catalog of his spouse's attributes. X&Y isn't lyrically one-dimensional, thankfully, and musically, it's far more open-ended than Coldplay's previous full-lengths. "Square One," for instance, replaces the traditional slow build with a lurching gait propelled by Will Champion's tense post-punk drumming. Similarly, "Low," obviously inspired by the Bowie album of the same name, slinks along with a decadent and previously unaired lustiness. Most enjoyable of all -- in part because it shows a nascent sense of humor -- is "Talk," a winking appropriation of Kraftwerk's "Computer Love" that, in the hands of Martin and company, becomes a sort of cyborg power ballad. Much like U2 -- a band that's constantly held up as a benchmark for these boys -- at a similar point in their career, Coldplay exude both power and self-importance. And much like Bono and crew, it's looking like Coldplay have the goods to back up the latter for a long time to come.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
After Radiohead refused to accept the mantle of "world's biggest and most important rock band," Coldplay stepped up to the plate with their debut, Parachutes. Tasteful, earnest, introspective, anthemic, and grounded in guitars, Coldplay was everything Radiohead weren't but fans wanted them to be; Parachutes became a transatlantic hit and the sequel, A Rush of Blood to the Head, was even bigger, positioning Coldplay to be new Radiohead and the new U2. To that end, Coldplay's third album, X&Y, is designed to elevate them to the major leagues. It's deliberate and sleek, hip enough to sample Kraftwerk and blend in fashionable post-punk allusions without altering the band's core. X&Y is hardly a bold step forward, but rather a consolidation of Coldplay's strengths, particularly their skill at crafting surging, widescreen epics.

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Wb / Parlophone


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Coldplay   Primary Artist
Susan Dench   Strings
Brian Eno   Synthesizer
Anne Lines   Strings
Audrey Riley   Strings
Peter Lale   Strings
Matt McGinn   Guitar
Chris Martin   Piano,Vocals
Will Champion   Drums
Guy Berryman   Bass Guitar
Jonny Buckland   Guitar
Richard George   Strings
Laura Melhuish   Strings
Christopher Tombling   Strings

Technical Credits

Karl Bartos   Composer
Ralf Hütter   Composer
Ken Nelson   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Audrey Riley   String Arrangements
Carmen Rizzo   Computer Editing
Emil Schult   Composer
Danton Supple   Producer,Audio Production
Mark Pythian   Computer Editing
Coldplay   Producer,Audio Production
Chris Martin   Composer
Will Champion   Composer
Guy Berryman   Composer
Jonny Buckland   Composer
Keith Gary   Pro-Tools
Tappin Gofton   Art Direction
Estelle Wilkinson   Management

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X&Y 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
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planetjellybean More than 1 year ago
this is good stuff. i love the combination of passionate lyrics and stellar beats... chack it out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read some reviews on other sites that really gave this album a tough review. Those reviews are bogus. This album is amazing. It's a combination of "Parachutes" and "Rush of Blood", plus some new sounds. It's a very refreshing CD to listen to. If you loved the first two albums, then buy this one. You won't be let down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that Coldplay X&Y is a great CD. They have a unique style of music and their lyrics are...well, I can't really explain, but they are sweet and wonderfull and happy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with one of the reviews, the thing is that maybe we want something like the big hit in the style of U2 or The Beatles, but overall they have captured my attention thats for sure. Being a songwriter myself I can relate to this group a lot, I´m not saying they copied some of my stuff, but maybe they had the guts to put the music on record, and I didn't. In 1996 I wrote two songs very similar in structure, feeling and melody, and I thought they were ok but not as good as I wanted the music to be, because they came from a desparate place as well as passionate and with some remorse from what should have been. Thats were Coldplay is playing from and I can admit they are a hell of a good musicians. Hurray for them and I hope they get there, maybe they all ready have. On this record Speed of sound continues where Clocks left off, and literaly all the songs on the album are enjoyable and dreamy in a very nice way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got a promo copy of the album form a friend that works down at one of the local radio stations here in NYC, and wow this is better then clocks, great songs ang that song they did that was written by the late jonny cash Til Kingdom Come, it's well done, cant wait for thier next !
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most beautiful album I have ever listened to in the whole entire world of music. This is by far proof that Coldplay gets better as time goes on. You can never get tired of these songs. I will listen to this album every day until I die. My favorite is Fix You, a very moving piece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Recently went on a trip forgeting all my cds except this one, Although Im a fan of this band, I found all of the songs to sound the same, His voise is almost like one of the intruments, It doesnt really matter what he's saying It all sounds the same, To me it appears the made the album in a couple of hours, However Fix You is a genuinely Beautiful song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard this cd off a promo from a local radio station and was it amazing. It is a completely new sound; a fuse of Parachutes and Rush of blood to the head. I had been lately listening to their b-sides and expected something more acoustic. However, hardcore fans will understand this album after a second hear. At first I was sort of disappointed but then after a second time and with an open mind, I thought it magnificent. Coldplay has done it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With every note, with every word, with every song and with every album the boys of Coldplay let their hearts, emotions and deepest thoughts swim in a sea of melodic sounds creating incredible music. Parachutes, A Rush of Blood, and now X & Y prove that Coldplay is here to stay. Let me be the first to roll out the red carpet. These past three years have been worth the wait. From the album titled song to the modern day "Imagine" by John Lennon in "What if" Chris Martin gives a variety of greatness unheard of in todays music. This album seems a bit happier. Of course in Coldplay classic style, even their happy songs have a cathartic feel to it. All in all this album is great and I highly recommend pickin it up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was doubtful about how much I would like this albulm after listening to "A Rush of Blood to the Head" for years. Fortunately, Coldplay didn't disappoint. At first I just thought this albulm was decent but after I listened to it a few more times I was really impressed. This albulm is amazing, if you are not hooked right away just listen to it a few more times and you will really appreciate how great Coldplay is!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a great combination of Rush of Blood and Parachutes with a new twist of wonderful sounds and experimentation. Sounds like there is a slight hint of Radiohead. I bought my copy today and is extremely delighted by the authenticity of the music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
^best song. this is a great cd for ppl who like laid back rock. definitely get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first bought the CD, it was great! I listened to it over and over, and can't get enough ot it! The songs are absolutely catchy, and I'm sure anyone who'll buy the album will agree. Coldplay did an excellent job on this compilation of songs, and I'm sure they'll keep on getting better and better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is pretty good. SOme of the songs are super boring, but some are also breath taking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So amazing! You couldn't ask for something better than X&Y! Chris Martin's tone is getting better by the day... And the lyrics and melodies are 10 times better than they ever have been before. What can I say? This album is inspiring, I am deeply moved.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am glad that I didn't buy this album. I thought that their sophmore album was amazing, I love that cd. This one not so much. I think the music on this cd is not as orginal. I hate the lyrics that rhyme that is so annoying. I agree with the guy who said there is only three good songs. I am really disappointed with this cd. The music does not go along with the song lyrics and you can barely hear Chris Martin sing. .
Guest More than 1 year ago
Coldplay is destined for greatness, period. They are above any comparison to U2 or Radiohead. They are simply coldplay. Once you put this album into your player you will never stop listening to it. Its catchy tunes, great lyrics, and the beautiful voice of Chris Martin will enchant you completely. Unlike most Cds these days every song is great, not the beggining or end, but every single song is its own entity. Do not be fooled by the critics, this is coldplay at their best.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a quite disappointing album. The music is boring, every song sounds the same. And Martin's lack of lyrical ability is getting to be too much to handle. The same phrase rears its unorigional head many times in this album... "how do you know unless you try" "if you never try then you'll never know" blah blah blah... this is a good album for people who really have no interest in thought provoking music, or even creative music. Being simple pop background noise, much of this music will probably be found in movie soundtracks as their last album. Check out radiohead's In Rainbows if you're looking for something you've never heard before. it's more accessable than Kid A and Amnesiac for those who prefer more traditional rock/ alternative
Guest More than 1 year ago
"X&Y" is Coldplay's graduation to another level of music, that allows the listener to become infatuated with the great choruses and lyrics. The songs are beautifully crafted and written to perfection. Every song tells a different story. 'Speed of Sound' reminds us of 'Clocks' in a way, as 'Fix You' is like 'The Scientist' because it is a slow emotional song. 'Fix You, track 4, is probably Coldplay at their finest work ever. Along with some other great tracks are track 2, 'What If' and track 6, 'X&Y.' Coldplays latest is definitely not a dissappointment, and satifies all listeners. Coldplay gets better and better with each album. Go get a copy now and experience what true music is really all about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
that's the ONE! At least I could feel myself alive for the summer. Thanks, guys. Toni
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard "What If" this morning while at the mall and fell in love with it.I didn't know I could fall in love with Coldplay again. I have thier second CD,A Rush of Blood to the Head and I can't stop playing it in my CD player. I think what I like about this album is that it's so tranquil,so peaceful.ROBTTH is by far the best album,but I think I will like X&Y more.I'd love to fall asleep to this CD,can you imagine how wounderful that would be?I can't believe the lousy ratings this CD has recived. I've been contemplating whether to buy it or not... I think I will.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Coldplay is one of my fav. bands of all time. I have Parachues, A Rush of Blood to the Head, and now X&Y. I gave this album 3 stars because A Rush of Blood... has been there best album yet (by far), and I give it 4 stars. A 5 star rating is the greatest album in existence type of rating. I think Parachutes is just as good as X&Y - nothing too extremely special. On A Rush of Blood... the opening track - "Politik" just made me get really into the music and go "wow this is awesome" - it wasn't forced. The opening track for X&Y is "Square One" which I really like, but I felt like I forced myself to really really like the song and to feel the "awesomeness" of the song like I had felt for "Politik". If you don't have any Coldplay albums - get A Rush of Blood to the Head - if you don't have X&Y - still get it because it IS worth it. Some of the songs lack the greatness of those on A Rush of Blood..., but you will still rock out or feel the emotion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Colplay has done it again with their third album. Gets better everytime you listen, and I hope by now (near the end of day 1 US sales) you've listen to it at least 20 times. Enjoy, way to go Coldplay, keep up the good work, no need to be nervous anymore!