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MP3 Music, June 7, 2005
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Starting off with the opening track "Square One" it is apparent that the record is a little more sonically dense than the band's previous efforts. While X&Y is a far cry from being experimental it's just enough of a change to make the new songs fresh. "What if" starts off as a slow piano song that finally builds up to a crescendo that exemplifies the transformation of Coldplay's sound. "Fix You," "White Shadows," Low" and "Twisted Logic" are instantly fan favorites. The hidden track "Til Kingdom Comes" was written for the late great Johnny Cash who passed away before he could record the song. It is a shame Cash did not get a chance to record it, but it makes a fitting and positive end to the album.
X&Y was a long time in coming but it was worth every bit of the wait. I cannot wait to hear how these new songs translate live. As one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of the year Coldplay does not disappoint with X&Y.
'Square One' is a great opener that shows that Britpop can be edgy. 'White Shadows' has a tremendous beat that makes you feel like busting out some dance moves. 'What If' and particularly 'Fix You' are beautifully recorded and represent their best work to date. 'Low' and 'Twisted Logic' are the most experimental tracks from Coldplay thus far.
Coldplay has never been a bigger target for criticism, but in X&Y they've built on past success to create a bigger, more vibrant sound that propels their music to new heights.
This is by far Coldplay's breakthrough album. Yes, even more so than A Rush of Blood to the Head. I really don't understand all the comparisons to U2. Yes, Martin's voice sounds a bit like Bono's, but the musical style is completely different. X&Y is unmistakably Coldplay. The same vocal style, the same lullaby crooning, and the same ethereal crecendos. Only this time, they've added a synth here and there. The synths, however, don't overpower the live instrumentation. It's used merely as a support element. The result is that the music sounds more lush and has much more depth than in the first two records.
The first half of the album is so sonically uplifting it gives me chills. "Square One" and "Fix You" are almost reminiscent of Pink Floyd in their use of layered guitars (wow, the guitars on this album!) and layered vocals. The song "What If" is almost reminiscent of Sigur Ros in its ending swell. The very upbeat songs, "White Shadows" and "Talk" are also magical in their own right. The second half of the album starts out strongly with "Speed of Sound". This track is the only one that's of the same style as the first two albums. It's almost a perfect blend of "Clocks" and "Moses" (from the Live 2003 set).Read more ›
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By far Coldplay's BEST album! Literally, every song on this album is a hit and I have listened to hundreds of times. A far reach from what Coldplay is now. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Chris
Classic amazing Coldplay, you need this album if you don't already own it!Published 1 day ago by LovesFrenchLanguage
This was their first masterpiece! Though it got a bit dull after the first seven tracks! Deserves a seven star rating! Thanx!Published 1 month ago by Samuel E. Smith
CD arrived in great condition (as described), no scratches or defects what-so-ever on both the actual CD and case. The front booklet was even in great condition. Read morePublished 3 months ago by The Kosers
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X and Y is a great album and so is A Rush of Blood to the Head... I really feel like X and Y has several great individual songs but that overall if you take the album as a whole Rush of Blood is better... However, Viva la Vida is by far their best CD... the songs on that CD are just great and... Read More
Oct 21, 2008 by Steve Arneson | See all 3 posts
To each his own... I was never into Coldplay until I heard this album.
Apr 1, 2007 by Steven W. Mcallister | See all 34 posts