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X&Y
     

X&Y

4.4 101
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2005
Label:
Wb / Parlophone
UPC:
0724347478628
catalogNumber:
747862
Rank:
14690

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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
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
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
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
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
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
Someone said that the best way to be heard in a screaming world is to whisper, and Coldplay is just like that. I can understand why some people didn't like this album, and I'll admit I used to be one of them. I first heard it and all I heard was a messy blur of riffs and organ and cymbals that just seemed to repeat itself. The thing about this album is that it's deceptive. Each time you hear it, you notice a little more: the chords are actually building toward something, and behind the obscure lyrics is something very human and pragmatic, coming from Coldplay's urge to interpret all human emotion and offer solace. The magic of Coldplay lies in that they sing as though they are speaking to you, in a more poeticized way. "Fix You" has touched a lot of people because of this, as well as "Swallowed in the Sea". I believe that most of this album's weakness comes from the overall feeling of experimentation, that things were put in just to test out their sound, which is why I have high hopes for their next album. Although it's far from perfect, the best music is music that people can relate to, and I believe that Coldplay can relate to many.
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
This album is pretty good. SOme of the songs are super boring, but some are also breath taking.
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
Yes, this album along with all the other cold Play albums sucks. Im sorry to break it to ya but they are one of the most boring and underrated bands around today. Rock music hasnt been right for the last ten years, I dont know how anyone could enjoy a cd like this, some people who that listion to this say that classic rock is boring, but come on this album has no riffs, the piano sucks, the vocals are horrable and lame. And if you are a guy and you listion to this you might want to go see a docter quick you girly guy you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So when are we all going to stop blindly praising these dull middle class 'music educated' public school boys, and actually listen to what they offer up ? Yes, they have written some good melodies, and yes there are a few on this new offering, but as far as these pretty 4 chord changes go, they are not interesting enough to be likened to some of the bands that journalists seem to compare them to at the moment. This album is slow and sluggish and all the tracks seem to mesh into one long whine. At least with their 2 former LPs, the albums pulled you in differnet directions, they projected different colours. This one (Fix You being the only real track of quality) centres on their undeniable need to somehow always focus on their depression with life. Is their life really this miserable ? God help Chris if this is so. It's like he writes music while imagining his tunes being played to old black and white tragedy love movies. At least with past former soppy glories like Yellow and Warning Sign, there was some sort of real meat there in the pie. Here he comes up short, and I think once everyone starts to look past the inevitable praise this album was always going to receive, they will not see an album that will keep audiences coming back for years to come. They are indeed talented, but Martin has played the same soppy protagonist too long for it to be interesting anymore. They need to change and hit us with some differnet sounds, or they are only a few albums away from being the new REM.
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
that's the ONE! At least I could feel myself alive for the summer. Thanks, guys. Toni
Guest More than 1 year ago
The lyrics really bring out the uniqueness of their music, very uplifting, and personally, I think that it has some spiritual flavor in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"X&Y", Coldplay's latest album, deserves to be a classic. The music and the lyrics on all the 13 songs on this album sounded cool and brilliant. The song, "What If?" sounded so romantically beautiful with charming lyrics. "Speed Of Sound", "Talk", "Low", "Square One", "A Message" are very brilliant highlights on this album. I think that Coldplay has made their latest album, "X&Y", a very outstanding classic album since their previous albums, "Parachutes" and "A Rush Of Blood To The Head".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have all the Coldplay CD's, and if you're in the same boat as me, you will definitely agree with me that the music of X&Y is something remarkably new for the band. But is it what the band needs to keep them going? I would say so. Probably my favorite thing about the band Coldplay is simply that they keep getting better. And that means they are improving on their strengths, and fixing their weaknesses. Parachutes I'd give three stars, A Rush of Blood to the Head four stars, and X&Y...five stars (obviously). It's gonna be hard for Coldplay to outdo themselves after the masterpiece they've created with X&Y. The album starts with a song that was an instant hit for me personally, "Square One". I think "What If" is my least favorite on the CD, probably becuase of the 100% falsetto chorus. "White Shadows" is a cool, crisp sort of groove. "Fix You", the power ballad of the CD, is a great range of sounds. "Talk" is the most unique track. "X&Y" is a mesmerizing song that makes you feel like you are floating in the middle of the ocean (at least to me). "Speed of Sound", the first single, is quite possibly the best on the CD. "A Message" is just plain sweet I love the acoustic sound of the beginning. "Low" is a very sensual and addicting track. "The Hardest Part" is a sort of filler song if you ask me-it doesn't seem to fit in my opinion-nevertheless it's good filler. "Swallowed in the Sea" is a sort of lyrically cryptic, but musically easy to grasp, song. "Twisted Logic" is one of my favorites because of the dynamic, forceful, and just all out awesome climax. "Til Kingdom Come", a not-so-hidden track, is an extremely likeable, almost folkish-sounding song that finishes the CD very well. Overall, every song on the CD has something to offer. By far, the best and most deserving-of-acclaim album of the year.
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
Do not operate heavy machinery while listening to this album. It may cause drowsiness and cause you to harm yourself or the stereo while attempting to dislodge one of the most forgettable albums released this year. There are many exciting new albums coming out now and this is simply not one of them. Stick to the first to albums and you'll be safe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this CD! Coldplay is the best! No bad words, just plain good music. My favorite songs are Speed of Sound, Talk, and Fix you. Fix You is so beautiful, and so is Speed of Sound. You should definetely go got and buy this CD!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this CD is awesome for someone who is wanting some music just to kindof relax and listen to. If you are wanting some metal/rock style music don't look here. The music is mildly soft and very easy listening. To get a more of an in-depth fell for their sound just listen to some of the sample tracks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best album ever!!! I absolutely love "X&Y". I can't get enough of Coldplay's songs. Tracks like "Fix You", "White Shadows" and "Talk" are my favorite ones. This is definitely one of the best albums of the year. If you've never bought a Coldplay album, this is the one for you to purchase. You will just love it! Chris Martin and the whole gang are a great group of musicians. Their music touches my soul. By far, the best album fo the year!
crazyct1 More than 1 year ago
Just another Fantastic band to come from Britain.