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. They have chosen to opt for the standard formula: it's elegiac, mid-tempo, stadium-friendly ballads all the way.
  2. Your level of interest in their music probably correlates with your willingness to be bored.
  3. A surprising number of songs here just never take flight.
  4. X&Y is far from experimental, but it nonetheless showcases a band demonstrating distinctive signs of evolution.
  5. Too much here sounds like Coldplay-by-numbers, and the lyrics lack the deeper meaning the album seems desperate to provide.
  6. Only three songs really, truly deliver.
  7. 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]
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Like Coldplay's two previous albums, only more so, X&Y is bland but never offensive, listenable but not memorable.
  12. Not great, a few catchy moments, certainly not god-awful, but just bland enough that after three listens, all life is drained from it.
  13. X & Y is uninspired adult pop that drops jaws only in its capacity to elicit yawns.
  14. Under The Radar
    40
    Monochromatic and underwhelming. [#10, p.109]
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
    Full Review »
  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 »