They are one of the biggest bands on the planet, but Coldplay’s new album Mylo Xyloto (MY-lo X-eye-low-toe) leaves something to be desired. Instead of sticking to their typical sound, Coldplay aims to please.
It’s obvious the band cares more about the way the music sounds instead of lyrics, but instead of the experimental music that was Viva La Vida, Coldplay embraces the pop genre. It still sounds like Coldplay with the echoing guitars, the cascading “whoas” that accompany the chorus and Martin’s occasional slip into a falsetto. However, the pop influence comes with the deep bass and synthesizers. The listener can only wonder if this is a new Coldplay experiment.
Just as many of Coldplay’s albums have been inspired by art, Mylo Xyloto gets its whimsical aura from 1970s New York City graffiti. It’s unique and draws the listener in, but it doesn’t fix everything.
The issue with the album comes with the flimsy lyrics and storyline. Lead singer Chris Martin attempts to sing about revolution and change, but the listener doesn’t feel it. The album is also smattered with random instrumentals and guest vocals from Rhianna.
While worth listening to, Mylo Xyloto tries to please too many and ends up leaving something to be desired.
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