X&Y

  • Record Label: Capitol
  • Release Date: Jun 7, 2005
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. 100
    Some may call it repetitious, but with songs so beautifully crafted, everyone should agree that X&Y equals A.
  3. This is not easy listening; on the contrary, it requires a real commitment from the listener. But it’s a commitment that’ll be amply rewarded.
  4. Q Magazine
    100
    A substantially more visceral and emotionally rewarding experience than both its predecessors. [Jul 2005, p.106]
  5. 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.
  6. Uncut
    90
    Make no mistake, X&Y is an exceptional pop record. [Jul 2005, p.98]
  7. Spin
    83
    By ratcheting up their guitars and still singing about everyday themes, Coldplay are recasting their nerdy-student Britpop as Important Rock Music without sacrificing the homespun vibe that allowed Martin's fans to believe that he wrote a song for each one of them and called it "Yellow." [Jun 2005, p.99]
  8. But for as impeccable as X&Y is -- and, make no mistake, it's a good record, crisp, professional, and assured, a sonically satisfying sequel to A Rush of Blood to the Head -- it does reveal that Martin's solipsism is a dead-end, diminishing the stature of the band.
  9. Unusually accomplished, fresh, and emotional.
  10. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    They're clearly trying very hard to grow, but sometimes all they have to show for it are tracks that require road maps. [17 June 2005, p.77]
  11. Precise, bland, and banal, their sensitivity emotionless and their musicality never surprising, they're the definition of a pleasant bore--easy to tune out, impossible to care for.
  12. For every moment of adventurousness, however, there's a dose of the Same Old Stuff.
  13. People will fall in love to this music, and Coldplay knows it.
  14. "X & Y" is easily Coldplay's most consistent album, albeit one that operates within restrictive boundaries of creativity.
  15. It’s an expansive and stupendously produced record with a handful of remarkable songs.
  16. 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.”
  17. It's a definite step backward from the passionate and substantial Rush of Blood toward the less mature Parachutes, somehow lacking something bigger.
  18. For the most part, the album's money shots -- the singsong guitar of "The Hardest Part," the eerie U2 evocations in the assured chorus of "White Shadows" -- are fleeting, strung together by unremarkable verses and remarkably generic lyrical sentiments.
  19. They have chosen to opt for the standard formula: it's elegiac, mid-tempo, stadium-friendly ballads all the way.
  20. Your level of interest in their music probably correlates with your willingness to be bored.
  21. A surprising number of songs here just never take flight.
  22. X&Y is far from experimental, but it nonetheless showcases a band demonstrating distinctive signs of evolution.
  23. Too much here sounds like Coldplay-by-numbers, and the lyrics lack the deeper meaning the album seems desperate to provide.
  24. Only three songs really, truly deliver.
  25. 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]
  26. X&Y is well crafted and enjoyable, but it’s bloodless and distant. It feels manufactured, a piece of product in the march to become the Biggest Band in the World.
  27. At least 45 of X&Y’s 63 minutes finds Coldplay overdosing on pointless synthesizers in the name of “expanding their sound” while forgetting to write anything reflecting a decent hook.
  28. There is no doubt [Martin] has talent, but there are just too many retreads, too many regurgitated ideas, and no fire, no raw anger, no big hairy bollocks.
  29. Like Coldplay's two previous albums, only more so, X&Y is bland but never offensive, listenable but not memorable.
  30. Not great, a few catchy moments, certainly not god-awful, but just bland enough that after three listens, all life is drained from it.
  31. X & Y is uninspired adult pop that drops jaws only in its capacity to elicit yawns.
  32. Under The Radar
    40
    Monochromatic and underwhelming. [#10, p.109]
  33. 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.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 623 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 333
  1. Dec 9, 2015
    9
    An album rich in tone and beautifully consistent in its story and instrumentation. The melodies are simple but catchy if not sometimes drawnAn album rich in tone and beautifully consistent in its story and instrumentation. The melodies are simple but catchy if not sometimes drawn out a little too long. Chris Martin's performance brings the album to even higher heights with his off kilter vocals and soothing falsetto.
    CHECK IT OUT?- Absolutely!!
    BEST SONG- Swallowed By The Sea
    WORST SONG- X&Y
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  2. Aug 4, 2014
    8
    The sounds to this album can make you feel like you're billions of kilometers into empty space, the opposite of what this bloated album is.The sounds to this album can make you feel like you're billions of kilometers into empty space, the opposite of what this bloated album is. It's unnecessarily long, but captivating and emotionally resonant. Lyrics are still... problematic, and they don't do a Viva La Vida to cliche. It's not easy to ignore "ignite your bones". Full Review »
  3. Jan 7, 2014
    9
    This is probably my favorite Coldplay album, along with Parachutes and Rush of Blood to the Head. It's really good, in my opinion, althoughThis is probably my favorite Coldplay album, along with Parachutes and Rush of Blood to the Head. It's really good, in my opinion, although the average reviews don't agree with me. Full Review »