Many people wondered if Mylo Xyloto would live up to the high standards set by Coldplay’s previous albums; and it is clear that it has. In this album, Coldplay combine their more recent sounds, while also returning to their roots. It meets the expectations set by fans and delivers a truly stunning album.
Each band member brings his own quality to the album. Will Champion; a man who does not actually own a drum set, provides intense and top quality drumming routines which set a beat to tap your hands to. Jonny Buckland; lead guitarist, and using an arsenal of 12 guitars in live performances brings the riffs and solos that Coldplay are so recognisable for. Guy Berryman provides base routines which add a sensational compliment to the band’s sound. And finally, Chris Martin, the band’s front man and lead singer contributes his own sensational talent. His keyboard routines and solos; and his backing guitar to Buckland’s lead, are brilliant. Martin’s vocals and keyboard are such vital parts of Coldplay’s sound.
Mylo Xyloto combines music from Coldplay’s roots, and their more recent sound. Songs such as Hurts Like Heaven, Paradise and Every Teardrop is a Waterfall are in keeping with the band’s upbeat, lively and energetic sound of recent years. In contrast, songs such as Us Against the World and Up in Flames slow things down as Coldplay re-explore their origins in Parachutes and A Rush of Blood to the Head.
The first eight songs on the album are stronger than the later six. This brings the standard of the album down a very small amount; but the album as a whole remains sensational. In that later six is the song ‘Princess of China’ which features Rihanna. While the song is still of a high standard; it seems as if Coldplay strayed from their own sound in this song and moved toward more mainstream sounds.
I believe Mylo Xyloto is one of Coldplay’s strongest albums; up there with A Rush of Blood to the Head and Viva la Vida. It has certainly generated two of their strongest singles; Every Teardrop is a Waterfall and Paradise, with more sure to come.
Overall; I believe Mylo Xyloto is a brilliant album, combining a wide variety of Coldplay’s sounds. It is one of their strongest yet; and the band is continuing to deliver both on and off the stage.