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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. 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.
  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. "X & Y" is easily Coldplay's most consistent album, albeit one that operates within restrictive boundaries of creativity.
  4. Like Coldplay's two previous albums, only more so, X&Y is bland but never offensive, listenable but not memorable.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. People will fall in love to this music, and Coldplay knows it.
  9. A surprising number of songs here just never take flight.
  10. They have chosen to opt for the standard formula: it's elegiac, mid-tempo, stadium-friendly ballads all the way.
  11. 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.
  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. 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.
  14. It's a definite step backward from the passionate and substantial Rush of Blood toward the less mature Parachutes, somehow lacking something bigger.
  15. 100
    Some may call it repetitious, but with songs so beautifully crafted, everyone should agree that X&Y equals A.
  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. Unusually accomplished, fresh, and emotional.
  18. It’s an expansive and stupendously produced record with a handful of remarkable songs.
  19. Too much here sounds like Coldplay-by-numbers, and the lyrics lack the deeper meaning the album seems desperate to provide.
  20. Your level of interest in their music probably correlates with your willingness to be bored.
  21. Only three songs really, truly deliver.
  22. X&Y is far from experimental, but it nonetheless showcases a band demonstrating distinctive signs of evolution.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. For every moment of adventurousness, however, there's a dose of the Same Old Stuff.
  26. X & Y is uninspired adult pop that drops jaws only in its capacity to elicit yawns.
  27. Monochromatic and underwhelming. [#10, p.109]
  28. 100
    [Coldplay] have made their masterpiece. [Jun 2005, p.112]
  29. A substantially more visceral and emotionally rewarding experience than both its predecessors. [Jul 2005, p.106]
  30. 90
    Make no mistake, X&Y is an exceptional pop record. [Jul 2005, p.98]
  31. 60
    X&Y is awash with cliches, non-sequiturs, and cheap existentialism; at times it all becomes nigh on unbearable. [Jul 2005, p.97]
  32. 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]
  33. 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]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 564 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 328
  1. Joaoalien
    Apr 20, 2008
    best album ever made
  2. SophieM
    Oct 17, 2007
    I think 'Parachutes' was a very good album (8/10) and fantastic for a debut album, and 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head' is a I think 'Parachutes' was a very good album (8/10) and fantastic for a debut album, and 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head' is a wonderful album (9/10 and maybe even 10), but I'm afraid that to me personally every track feels like it has done better before on one of the older Coldplay albums. There is no doubt that Chris and co are talented musicians who can create great songs: but they have not taken any big risks with this one and it's disappointing for me. I played it and it just felt emotionless to me. None of the singles did anything for me either. Not awful by any standard, but mediocre. 2/5. Full Review »
  3. IbanL
    Oct 5, 2006
    Unforgivably bad. They try to exploit the same modus operandi over and over again, showing that they've got run out of ideas, if they Unforgivably bad. They try to exploit the same modus operandi over and over again, showing that they've got run out of ideas, if they someday had any. Avoiding this could be a great idea. Full Review »