Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Breath of Fresh Air: Mylo Xyloto

Coldplay had just released their latest studio album, Mylo Xyloto, and it is the freshest album released this year.

Upon its release, Mylo Xyloto received mixed reviews from critics.

On December 2008, during the height of their previous album, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, Chris Martin announced that their band will never split. Bassist Guy Berryman added that the band would return to the studio and work for their fifth studio album.

We've already got lists of song ideas. We never stop writing. We go into the studio with all the best laid plans then what we end up with is not what we intended. It's just exciting to wonder what will come out the speakers in a year's time. We have very exciting things lined up. It's time to take our music down different directions and really explore other avenues."

Album Style

Their latest album, Mylo Xyloto is a concept album. Martin said in an interview that the album is based on love story with a happy ending,  in which two protagonists: Mylo and Xyloto, who are living in an oppressive, dystopian urban environment, meet one another through a gang called "The Lost Boys", and fall in love. Lyrically, the album is inspired by "old school American graffiti" and "the White Rose Movement. Before the album was released, Coldplay announced that their latest album would be more intimate and more acoustic compared to their previous album, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends.


The album received mixed reviews from music critics. Metacritic announced that the album received an average review score of 59/100, based on 27 reviews. Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph wrote that, "it is simply irresistible. I thought the mood is adventurous and the sound is luxuriously colorful and vibrant. Melodies course through everything, constantly shifting and reshaping".

Rolling Stone gave the album a positive review stating, "this time Coldplay have integrated the "Enoxification" (as they call it) into their own down-the-middle core: Check out the cascading choral vocals that augment Martin's soaring refrain on "Paradise." Prominent elements prop up the sonic cathedrals: Jonny Buckland's guitar, which is riffier and more muscular than ever, and Euro-house synths that wouldn't sound out of place at a nightclub in Ibiza."

Allmusic writer, Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave a positive review to the album and awarded it with 3 and half stars out of 5 and wrote: "Mylo Xyloto has a leg up other Coldplay records for this simple reason: they’re no longer attempting to mimic U2’s portentous piety. They’ve embraced their schoolboy selves and are simply singing songs of love and good cheer, albeit on a grand scale that somehow seems smaller due to the group’s insuppressible niceness."

Mylo Xyloto is indeed a breath of fresh air. Coldplay never fails to amaze its loyal fans.

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