Thoughts on the new Coldplay from The KINK Community
fifth release "Mylo Xyloto" has been out since the end of October. It
debuted in the number one spot on Billboard, and currently sits in fourth
it enjoy the same staying power as some of Coldplay's previous works? Most
likely, yes. The new release opens with the expansive, promising notes of its
40-second intro title track; right then and there we know we're in for
for the invigorating and polished "Hurts Like Heaven." A blustery arrangement, it deftly balances
Chris Martin's lead vocals, a booming
chorus, and some dazzling keyboards and synthesizer. Things get finer with
their current hit single "Paradise"... but if you're a KINK listener
you already know an outstanding rock anthem when you hear one. With "Paradise," Martin and band
mates really nail it, and then some.
in Flames" covers no new ground and is a bit lackluster. Also, it's not
always exactly clear what some of the songs on Mylo Xyloto are about -
"Charlie Brown" being a good example of that. Usually, if you can't
wrap your mind around a song, it's hard to wrap your arms around it.
let's not quibble because there's much to appreciate here. Often times
Coldplay's simplest tracks ("What if," "Fix You") are their
strongest. "Us Against the
World" opens simply enough with Chris Martin's quiet, plaintive vocals.
The band adds keyboards and acoustic guitar, dispenses some great vocal
harmonies, and builds the song into a nice crescendo highlighted by Jonny
Buckland's tasteful guitar passages. Along with "Paradise," it's sure
to be a crowd-pleaser in concert.
also segue-ways nicely into the CD's first hit single "Every Teardrop is a
Waterfall." True, "Every
Teardrop" may not draw us in as quickly - or as deeply - as
"Talk," "Lovers in Japan" or "Speed of Sound"
from earlier releases, but the song's upbeat aura and wild guitar riff lifts us
up and grows on us.
Minus," one of the albums finest tracks, follows. It's a haunting,
somewhat gripping work that alternates between acoustic guitar and a hard rock
chorus reminiscent of "Low" from "X & Y."
an interview with UK's Q Magazine last year, Martin stated he was inspired by
students of the White Rose Movement - a non-violent resistance group in Nazi
Germany - when he wrote it. "They
got one eye watching you / one eye on what you do / so be careful who it is
you're talking to," sings the band, but they could just as easily be
singing about the Occupy Movement. Fingers crossed we'll be hearing this one on
the radio soon.
of China" features lead vocals by R&B diva Rihanna. By far the most
pop-oriented track, it's also another standout deserving of accolades. Great
all the flurry, don't miss "Up with the Birds." This softer, more
subdued cut is classic Coldplay, showcasing Martin's introspective and
reflective musings against the backdrop of a melody that sweeps us up for the
ride before we know it.
are small things that show careful
attention to detail as well. In addition to the tasteful short title track
opener is the ultra-brief "Hopeful Transmission," gently echoing the
opening bars to Mylo Xyloto, and prefacing "Don't Let it Break Your
Heart." The album artwork is
great, too, nicely complimenting the music in much the same way the cover of
"Viva La Vida" worked for it.
short, Mylo itself is a "hopeful transmission" in a crazy world...a
solid addition to a great body of work.