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Paradise
When she was just a girl, She expected the world, But it flew away from her reach, So she ran away in her sleep. Dreamed of... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 39
  2. Negative: 2 out of 39
  1. Nov 14, 2011
    100
    Mylo Xyloto proves that Coldplay are quite simply the best pop band in the world, bar none.
  2. Oct 25, 2011
    80
    Martin's newest record is a successfully didactic and direct body of work.
  3. Oct 25, 2011
    75
    It actually sounds like a natural extension of Coldplay's big, radio-friendly sound. It's also Coldplay's most consistently listenable album since 2002's A Rush Of Blood To The Head, though it resembles that album little.
  4. Oct 21, 2011
    60
    Mylo Xyloto does have its unpredictable moments, some of which work more effectively than others.
  5. Oct 25, 2011
    60
    It's a moment of stirring calm amid a sea of blaring showiness, and this well-intended mixed bag, despite its lovely surfaces, could have used more of that variety.
  6. 58
    What's missing is the innovation that made Viva La Vida so dynamic.
  7. Oct 25, 2011
    30
    For everything else there's Coldplay: reliable, built to move, and able to run on hot air alone.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 122
  2. Negative: 11 out of 122
  1. Oct 24, 2011
    10
    Coldplay keeps on art-fying their music; Mylo Xyloto is a fine collection of tight tunes keeping true to the theme. They all relate to eachColdplay keeps on art-fying their music; Mylo Xyloto is a fine collection of tight tunes keeping true to the theme. They all relate to each other. It's hard to think of the album without any of its songs. The band could easily keep on the road set by Viva la Vida, and still they try and venture on new sounds: and sucessfully, nonetheless. Expand
  2. Dec 1, 2011
    10
    I was just surprised the score is low. When I first listened to this album, I thought Coldplay make a difference from previous albums. SomehowI was just surprised the score is low. When I first listened to this album, I thought Coldplay make a difference from previous albums. Somehow different, but I think it's like U2's "Pop" album. If they try to be better, they can make the same level as "Achtung Baby". Expand
  3. Oct 26, 2011
    10
    i know that many people are disappointed but this is why coldplay is agreat band as the fans don't accept any other thing but perfection.i know that many people are disappointed but this is why coldplay is agreat band as the fans don't accept any other thing but perfection. though the album is great maybe the songwriting isn't so good but the music is very amazing and unique Expand
  4. Apr 9, 2012
    8
    As it may be a disappointment to some Coldplay fans, I respect the fact that they are actually willing to experiment with their sound, whichAs it may be a disappointment to some Coldplay fans, I respect the fact that they are actually willing to experiment with their sound, which means to take risks, adding a more electro-sound to their music. Was it a smart thing to do? Of course, it's always smart to experiment, but it's the outcome that matters. In Coldplay's case, they actually managed to pull it off. Mylo Xyloto sounds like an album to where you can still identify that it's Coldplay. Key tracks: "Hurts Like Heaven", "Paradise", "Charlie Brown", "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall", "Princess of China" Expand
  5. Apr 11, 2017
    7
    Coldplay delivers on a pop sound that they steered themselves in after the brilliant success that was Viva la Vida in 2008. Mylo Xyloto, onColdplay delivers on a pop sound that they steered themselves in after the brilliant success that was Viva la Vida in 2008. Mylo Xyloto, on the other hand, delivers on a background love story that adds to the lyrical depth in many of their songs. 'Up With the Birds' was the perfect way to end the record, and it makes up for some of the duller moments in the record such as that in 'Up In Flames'. MX will forever be Coldplay's funnest album. Expand
  6. Oct 10, 2013
    6
    As a long-time Coldplay fan, I found this album to be a departure into unfamiliar territory for the band and the first time that they had madeAs a long-time Coldplay fan, I found this album to be a departure into unfamiliar territory for the band and the first time that they had made a concept album. In terms of the songs, I found them to be experimental in structure (e.g Every Teardrop is a Waterfall) compared to some of their previous work. This is a positive point for the album- the different structures. I also found Coldplay's utilisation of the 'concept album' quite nice, as all the songs follow a story of love. Another thing to be praised is the flow of the album and how each of the songs relate to each other, creating a good listening experience for those listening straight through, as the progression makes sense.

    However, where the album falls short is the level of production. Every song in the album just seems so meticulous and unnatural due to the over-produced nature of the album. Making this worse is the use of electronic sounds and synthesiser, which just add to the artificial feel of everything. Personally, I just wish that Coldplay would stick to acoustic song-writing as that is what made them big- their best album in my opinion is A Rush of Blood to the Head, which was mainly all using more acoustic and normal instruments. Furthermore, the addition of electronic performing media made some of the songs sound extremely muffled because the listening experience is just crowded with different tone colours doing different things to the point that it just becomes a flurry of not music, but sound.
    Mylo Xyloto all in all is definitely not a bad album, but neither is it a great one. The experimental nature of the songs is surely one of the albums strong points and as is the use of a concept album, but I just wished that Coldplay would not follow in the footsteps of Pop music in the direction of electronic (or like said in Brave New World, 'Synthetic' music) tone colours or extremely high production values to the point where the album just sounds artificial, over-produced and not composed, but engineered.
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  7. Nov 12, 2011
    0
    Mylo Xyloto AKA How To Make Money By Writing Bland Insipid Noises Part 5. Yes 5 albums in and Q magazine are still loving the Coldplay, "MusicMylo Xyloto AKA How To Make Money By Writing Bland Insipid Noises Part 5. Yes 5 albums in and Q magazine are still loving the Coldplay, "Music this uplifting, this inspirational, belongs among the stars" they say, well it belongs somewhere and it's definetly not the stars! I read such tripe open mouthed almost stunned that an actual music magazine can buy in to this rubbish and tell it's readers to waste their money. But hell it's a 'concept' album, so that makes it all right then. 1 star for concept, minus 1 for "paradise" = 0. Lovely! Expand

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