X&Y - Coldplay
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  • Summary: Plagued by numerous delays, the Chris Martin-led band's third album finally surfaced 3 years after the hugely successful 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head.' The band co-produced with Danton Supple (Elbow) and Ken Nelson (Kings Of Convenience, Badly Drawn Boy).
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. 100
    [Coldplay] have made their masterpiece. [Jun 2005, p.112]
  2. Confident, bold, ambitious, bunged with singles and impossible to contain, ‘X&Y’ doesn’t reinvent the wheel but it does reinforce Coldplay as the band of their time.
  3. Unusually accomplished, fresh, and emotional.
  4. The basic songwriting on show here is essentially the same as ever; mid-paced, desperately sincere and earnestly simple, decorated with piano and passionless falsetto, only now with more detours into maximalist, synth-soaked modern rock epics cut from the same cloth as “Clocks.”
  5. They have chosen to opt for the standard formula: it's elegiac, mid-tempo, stadium-friendly ballads all the way.
  6. X&Y is far from experimental, but it nonetheless showcases a band demonstrating distinctive signs of evolution.
  7. When he moans his verses, Mr. Martin can sound so sorry for himself that there's hardly room to sympathize for him, and when he's not mixing metaphors, he fearlessly slings clichés.

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  1. Negative: 43 out of 327
  1. paulm
    Jun 9, 2005
    the new york times are a bunch of freaking morons. maybe they should take the earwax out of their 60 year old ears and then maybe they could review this album properly. This album is simply BRILLIANT. It takes a few listens but it keeps growing on you. It's my favorite cd by far. Expand
  2. guy
    Aug 11, 2005
    Brilliant,the greatest album i've ever seen.
  3. Joaoalien
    Apr 20, 2008
    best album ever made
  4. Cotty
    Jun 7, 2005
    This Coldplay at the top of their game. The music swirls and cascades into your soul. Definitely their most commercial effort to date.
  5. jimmyjimoneb
    Jun 9, 2005
    Ok, unfortunatly this album is NOT a masterpiece... and because there was so much anticipation about it, many fans are a bit dissapointed... but it would nevertheless be a lie to say this is a bad work! Some songs are a bitirritating (X & Y, twisted logic) but Speed of sound and White Shadows totally rock and there are many goregous ballades, my two favourite being the catchy Swallowed in the Sea and the AMAZING Til kingdom comes... Expand
  6. johnh
    Aug 11, 2005
    OK, but in the end unadventurous. It's amazing how quickly one gets fed up with it. If only they had let themselves go a bit more - "Twisted Logic" should be the point of departure for their next album. Expand
  7. JessR
    Jun 6, 2005
    Utter crapola. Thanks for nothing, guys.

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