New Coldplay, “Mylo Xyloto”

Coldplay are set to release “Mylo Xyloto”, their fifth album, on October 24th.  By now you’ve probably heard the first single, “Every Tear drop is a Waterfall”, and you might have also heard it’s a concept album. It’s been billed as a loosely based love story in a distopian universe, complete with musical vignettes.

While  2008’s brilliant  “Viva la Vida or Death and all his friends”, produced by Brian Eno, offered darker, atmospheric landscapes, which have been hallmarks of their work, “Mylo Xyloto” shows Coldplay pushing their anthemic song craft, into a more pop direction at times with tracks like “Princess of China”, featuring Rhianna, and at other times a more electronic bent with  “Hurts like Heaven”.

“Don’t let it break your heart” is a stand out song in the vein of soaring tracks like “Clocks” or “Speed of sound” from previous albums, with chiming guitars and a driving drum track.

Coldplay are one of the biggest bands in the world, they’ve sold over 50 million albums. With “Mylo Xyloto” they’ve taken some chances, some with mixed results, but ultimately  they’ve retained  signature elements  of their musical being and delivered a collection of solid songs that fans most surely will welcome, like the return of an old friend.


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