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Coldplay renovates its sound with ‘Mylo Xyloto’

By Kerrianne Ryan, Staff Writer

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At the end of a really long day, I find nothing more relaxing than sitting down and turning on a nice, calming album and listening to it from start to finish.

Many musicians have a tranquil sound to them, including Coldplay. Chris Martin, the lead singer, has a voice that is one of the most relaxing I’ve heard, and Coldplay’s newest album Mylo Xyloto has the ability to take my mind off the stress of a really hard day.

Mylo Xyloto went on sale Oct. 24, and it was Coldplay’s third album to debut on the U.S. Billboard 200. Before the album hit stores, Coldplay released two singles, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall and Paradise.

First impressions

Every Teardrop is a Waterfall was released June 3, but I didn’t hear it until I actually purchased the album. I heard Paradise multiple times on the radio prior to purchasing Mylo Xyloto. It’s safe to say I was pleasantly surprised with what Coldplay produced. At first, I was a bit skeptical of the album and the direction Coldplay was headed when I saw Rihanna was featured in Princess of China. But when I heard the song, all my skepticism disappeared. The combination of Martin’s voice and Rihanna’s was beautiful, and their song is easily one of my favorites on the album.

The lyrics

I feel Coldplay stepped up their game when they produced Mylo Xyloto. According to Martin, this album is a concept album, or an album unified with a theme.

The album, starting with Mylo Xyloto and ending with Up with the Birds, tells a love story with a happy ending. The lyrics hold true to this idea, because in the beginning of the album, the songs are full of negativity. For instance, in Princess of China, Rihanna laments with lyrics like, “I could’ve been a princess, you’d be a king/could’ve had a castle, and worn a ring/but no, you let go.” Further into the album, this tone remains. In Up in Flames, the lyrics speak of the love ending by saying, “so it’s over/this time I know it’s gone.” By track 12, Us Against the World, Martin leaves hope for love’s resilience and says, “through chaos as it swirls/it’s us against the world.”

Overall impressions

By far, this was my favorite Coldplay album. They held true to their sound, but also incorporated new ideas and techniques into the songs. I recommend this album to anyone and everyone. It’s beautiful, simplistic and overall produced wonderfully.

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