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Okay, so now to Mylo Xyloto. Coldplay was never very pop-catchy, so this is a departure from their norm. Does it mean that it's not good? Of course not. I like the new Coldplay sound. I can listen to this CD over and over and over - a sign of a good CD. I like their pop-catchy songs. It's not top 40, Justin Bieber stuff - there's talent in Coldplay and it shows. I applaud them for doing something different. When I saw the video of "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall", I was shocked by the sound - very colorful, bright and catchy. The funny thing is that I wanted to see it again and again. I like it. Next came "Paradise" - a little darker, but still catchy. Then I saw "Charlie Brown" and I was hooked. The new Coldplay is fun, happy, bright, colorful and even though it's not "old" Coldplay, their talent shows through.
I really like this CD and I like them taking the chance with a new, different sound. Great job guys!
Since I've listened to a lot of Coldplay all at once lately, I can say with certainty that this album is quite a bit different than the previous ones. It's more upbeat, it's more electronic, it's more "produced" (though unlike some of the more critical reviews here on Amazon, I don't view that as a negative; I was a percussionist in a previous life and I'm never going to knock anything for being upbeat). Music snobs are going to gripe but I doubt most people will notice.
Mylo Xyloto isn't the best introduction to the band either. Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends is a better album to start with if you're getting in on Coldplay late like I did. And I think that album is a better album as well. But it's always good to hear a band try a different style and there are some good tracks on this one - Every Teardrop is a Waterfall is so good, it gets its own intro track, MMIX. Since this is a gapless album, I've found myself listening to large parts of it instead of just one or two songs at a time, though the end doesn't link back to the beginning as Viva La Vida did.
Overall, it's not really earth-shattering or groundbreaking, but it's something different and it's catchy, and that's enough. If you get a chance, see their live show. That's what really sold me on a lot of these songs, and they performed them in concert with gusto.
Indeed, there is a tinge of the musical influence from the Viva album that shows on Mylo Xyloto. When one recalls the songs "Lovers of Japan" and "Strawberry Swing" or "Life in Technicolor II," it appears that the band enjoyed the playful rhythmic progression of each of the songs and took its queue to continue within that up-tempo pattern on this album with songs such as "Charlie Brown" and "Teardrop." And what would a Coldplay album be without acoustic renderings like "U.F.O." or the track "Us Against the World"?
Coldplay never ceases to amaze listeners with their diverse sound be it through live performances or studio releases. Their musical influences are heard on this record as well as within their previous releases, and there is no denying that they have been able to infuse their musical heroes from U2 to The Beatles and everything else that they include in the mix that eventually becomes the Coldplay "sound." And Mylo Xyloto is no exception with legendary producer Brian Eno at the production controls.
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