Coldplay drops their fifth studio album Tuesday (Oct. 24), titled “Mylo Xyloto” (pronounced MY-loe ZY-loe-toe) and the reviews so far are mostly positive.
Jerry Shriver of USA Today says, “Thematically and musically, ‘Mylo Xyloto’ does come across as a medium-weight and up-to-date blend of middle-period U2, the Beach Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds’ and Coldplay’s last three albums.”
The Huffington Post’s Judah Joseph writes, “Certainly a new sound from Coldplay, ‘Mylo Xyloto’ manages to
simultaneously draw in a new crowd and not alienate Coldplay’s loyal
fans … the best things in life are ripened with age, and
Coldplay’s fifth studio album is testament to that. From masterfully
cutting musical interludes from club-bangers and making them into their
own tracks to toying with no-gap playback (to have songs feed directly
into one another seamlessly), Coldplay has risen to the challenge of
surpassing your previous album’s success.”
Josh Eells of Rolling Stone says, “On ‘Mylo Xyloto,’ the choruses are bigger, the textures grander, the optimism more optimistic. It’s a bear-hug record for a bear-market world … 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.”
Not all the critics are in love, though. The Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot writes, “Coldplay has a formula, and formula prevails on “Mylo Xyloto” … It will ensure a certain number of hits and considerable commercial radio airplay, but those who thought of a Coldplay-Eno collaboration as a ticket to a reinvention … will be disappointed. Innovation really isn’t the point with Coldplay – at least not anymore.”
Will you be picking up a copy of “Mylo Xyloto”?