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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…  See more details below


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.

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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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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
that's the ONE! At least I could feel myself alive for the summer. Thanks, guys. Toni
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've heard White Shadows, Fix You, Square One, and Speed of Sound performed at a live concert. I think they sound better live, especially the songs "White Shadows" and "Square One". They are brilliant! Those of you who aren't hardcore fans may not feel the same way about the album. They really worked hard on this album to top the other two, and I think they've succeeded. Oh and a little info I found on the album cover, it spells out X and Y loosely based on the Baudot code.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Coldplay's new album is sure to be the best Cd this year. Speed of Sound and Talk are songs I've heard and I can tell you it is brilliant. With catchy tunes and thumping beats, it sure is the band of the summer. Chris' vocals are absolutely heart warming and filled with emotion. He touches you with every note he sings and delivers his all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this CD before it is released to public and it is AMAZING. Its a little mellow then their last but still amazing to hear new work from them.
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
After having listened to the free online stream of the album on Coldplay's website... the sound is very distinctly Coldplay, yet at the same time something entirely new. It opens with the pounding track "Square One", which is guaranteed to explode when played live. Even ballads like "Fix You" and "What If?" seem different than the cuts from their second album, "A Rush of Blood to the Head". Songs like "The Scientist" and "Clocks" pale in comparison to every song on this disc. The weakest cut is probably the first single, "Speed Of Sound" - and I don't mean to say that it is weak as in bad, but just not as strong as the other cuts. It sounds a little too much like a redux of "clocks", but I guess that's not really all that bad! From a band who's b-sides are even excellent, this album will prove to be the best of this year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Coldplay's music is music that gives you the feeling like your floating in mid-air, like your first love, or a powerful journey around the world. You just really have to listen Chris Martin's words, his voice, and watch there demeanor to get this vibe. The vibe that is unexplainable, but makes you feel everything is okay. Like if your mad, they can definitely bring you right up, and if your already happy then they can only bring you to new heights of happiness, we all need that these days, and X&Y is another album only to bring myself, you and everyone else one to a new depth of the great unexplainable feeling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely magnificent, no words can come close to describing this masterpiece. Coldplay is by far the greatest band of all time, with melancholy music and rhythms that melt your heart, they are truly a work of art.
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
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
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!
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
Coldplay has managed to captivate me for the entire album with sounds and choruses that allow you to forget for a time the gravity of the worlds' problems. I forgive Chris Martin and company for the lyrics as they are a subset of this musical achievement. I feared that music had drifted into an abyss until I found Coldplay. They've truly reached the heights that only few bands have navigated with a style that reminds you of those chords and rifts of those former champions. This jewel will reside in my COLD PLAYER for quite some time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
X&Y proves to be yet another musical accomplishment from Coldplay, the best British band EVER!!!!! Chris Martin's vocals shine through your confused thoughts, making you feel clearer. Jon Buckland's guitar skills are incredible and they give Coldplay a unique sound. Guy Berryman's bass lines are really soothing and deep. And Will Champion's drumming is very catchy and beaty (If that's a word). Most people these days are caught up in the rap stuff and have lost all sense of what real music sounds like. Coldplay's songs and some other bands in this day and age have shone through the "Gangster" and violent hysteria, thankfully!!!!! We have more important issues to worry about then wondering who's the best gangster or who can hurt as many people possible. Sheesh... If everyone would try to stop the wars, let peace settle in, and relax in this rushing world, we'd all live in harmony. I think Coldplay's songs make you think about all the problems in the world and they prove to you that hope is always in reach. =Fair Trade= *****Love Yah Coldplay*****
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
i thought it would be hard to beat "a rush of blood to the head", but coldplay has stepped up higher with x&y. this cd continues to embrace beautifully crafted songs that proves coldplay has a genius for lyrics. the 4 men are even better then ever in this cd, with songs such as "the hardest part", "swallowed in the sea", and of course, "speed of sound". for anyone that enjoys real, genuine lyrics that convey true emotions about life and different yet extrememly melodic music to accompany them, then x&y is most definetely for you. coldplay never fails.
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
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
At first listen I was a little bit dissapointed but when you listen to it a few times you will fall in love with this CD. My favorite songs are Square One, Fix You, Till Kingdom Come, Speed of Sound, A Message, oh heck I love all of them. It's rare to find an artist that you love all of their songs and thats what Coldplay does, they draw you in. I definatly recommend this CD to anyone and everyone :D
Guest More than 1 year ago
Coldplay is simply amazing. At first, I doubted this album. Their songs grew on me very quick. First I bought "A Rush of Blood..." because of their brilliant song "Clocks". I fell in love with that album. So then I bought "Parachutes". Better than the first!! ! So I greatly anticipated this album. I had a countdown in my room. This album was well worth waiting for. Their first single "Speed of Sound" is an absolutely outstanding song that takes the listener to a different world. You can really feel Chris Martin's emotions as he sings. His voice might be one big reason why I love this band so much. "A Message" is a great song, and the acoustics are outstanding, and it's so meaningful. "Swallowed by the Sea" has a remarkable flow that makes it admirable. "What If" is another favorite of mine. As well as "X&Y","Til Kingdom Come", and "Talk". This album is definitely worth the 10 dollars (Why is it that cheap? IT's worth millions!)This album has put me in the happiest of moods and words cannot describe how amazing it is. Coldplay is perhaps one of the best bands of all time, and it's ashame how music is these days. Coldplay is a true definition of true music. Congratulations Coldplay!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i can't stop listening to this album. buy it, listen to it, and have a good summer.