X&Y

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 618 Ratings

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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. Blender
    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. It's a definite step backward from the passionate and substantial Rush of Blood toward the less mature Parachutes, somehow lacking something bigger.
  5. A surprising number of songs here just never take flight.
  6. Mojo
    60
    X&Y is awash with cliches, non-sequiturs, and cheap existentialism; at times it all becomes nigh on unbearable. [Jul 2005, p.97]
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 333
  1. andyl
    Jun 9, 2005
    10
    an extraordinary follow-up to 'A Rush of Blood to the Head'
  2. sassbullied
    Aug 15, 2005
    10
    amazing... genious...
  3. Joaoalien
    Apr 20, 2008
    10
    best album ever made
  4. joeh
    Jun 7, 2005
    9
    Intelligent. Intense. Introspective. One the best albums released in the last twenty years.
  5. jackybol
    Jun 10, 2005
    8
    not as good as their 2 previous albums but still good
  6. MarioC
    Oct 11, 2005
    6
    A little deception...
  7. JessR
    Jun 6, 2005
    0
    Utter crapola. Thanks for nothing, guys.

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