X&Y - Coldplay

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. 100
    [Coldplay] have made their masterpiece. [Jun 2005, p.112]
  2. A substantially more visceral and emotionally rewarding experience than both its predecessors. [Jul 2005, p.106]
  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. 100
    Some may call it repetitious, but with songs so beautifully crafted, everyone should agree that X&Y equals A.
  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. 90
    Make no mistake, X&Y is an exceptional pop record. [Jul 2005, p.98]
  7. 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]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 514 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 325
  1. Mar 31, 2014
    While slightly beating Mylo Xyloto, I think X&Y is honestly one of the weaker albums in my opinion. It definitely had some very good songs but really I think there was only one song that I just really liked overall of them. Most of the songs just seemed a little above average to be honest, but it's still and alright album. My favorite songs would probably have to be "What If", "Fix You" (My favorite of all) and the bonus track: "Til Kingdom Come." Full Review »
  2. Jan 7, 2014
    This 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 »
  3. Sep 21, 2013
    X&Y is another Coldplay masterpiece staying on par with the majesty of their previous record and in many ways expanding its horizon. Fix You, Speed of Sound, The Hardest Part, Talk, and White Shadows as well as many others are gripping, beautifully written and musically engrossing. Full Review »