One of the hardest things to do with Coldplay is to categorize their style of music. As they start their second decade on the music scene, they’ve went from doing alternative/indie rock in the early 2000s, to evolving into one of the biggest pop-rock bands on the planet. Their new album, Mylo Xyloto, will not simplify the task.
With the singles they released prior to the album launch, which is next Monday, October 24th, die-hard fans of Parachutes already know they will be disappointed. Kanye West once said something like: “People are always waiting for an artist to remake his first album, but he never will. A good artist evolves.” This is true in every genre, not just hip-hop, and Coldplay are a good example of this. While Mylo Xyloto has shades of the pre-X&Y era, it definitely draws its inspiration from Viva la Vida. The sound of Mylo Xyloto is at some times very predictable, while it is completely surprising at other moments.
Alternating between soft ballads and pop-rock anthems, the new Coldplay album brings in a new atmosphere never felt before in any LP they’ve released. Powerful synths can be heard throughout, bringing the orchestral and grandiose feeling of past Coldplay records to new heights. The best example of this is Princess of China with Rihanna. While a lot of people will hate on this song because they brought a pop-star in their production, the power and feeling of the song cannot be denied. Chris Martin and Rihanna’s voices complete each other marvellously, accompanied by the bewitching melody of the track.
Fans of songs like Sparks or Amsterdam will be pleased by the simple yet nostalgic melodies that tracks like U.F.O. or Us Against the World bring to the album, while fans of White Shadows and Shiver are more likely to enjoy Major Minus and Charlie Brown, two tracks that emanate with energy.
If you’re stuck in the beginning of the new millenium and have not enjoyed what Coldplay has released lately, you might want to skip this album and drown your sadness in bands like Arcade Fire or Interpol. But if you can handle the evolution and you also enjoy the likes of The Killers and U2, then definitely check out Mylo Xyloto. It is a refreshing album that still breathes the original Coldplay vibe, while bringing new and interesting flavours to an already incredible sound.