• Record Label:
  • Release Date:
X&Y Image
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critic Reviews What's this?

User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 686 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: Plagued by numerous delays, the Chris Martin-led band's third album finally surfaced 3 years after the hugely successful 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head.' The band co-produced with Danton Supple (Elbow) and Ken Nelson (Kings Of Convenience, Badly Drawn Boy).

Top Track

Fix You
When you try your best but you don't succeed When you get what you want but not what you need When you feel so tired but you can't sleep Stuck in... See the rest of the song lyrics
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. 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. Unusually accomplished, fresh, and emotional.
  4. It's a definite step backward from the passionate and substantial Rush of Blood toward the less mature Parachutes, somehow lacking something bigger.
  5. A surprising number of songs here just never take flight.
  6. 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]
  7. 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.

See all 33 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 342
  1. MaryP
    Jun 9, 2005
    10
    X&Y is just what Coldplay needed to put out. Sure it didn't reinvent the wheel, but as Chris Martin says it did put new rims on the old X&Y is just what Coldplay needed to put out. Sure it didn't reinvent the wheel, but as Chris Martin says it did put new rims on the old wheel. Johnny's guitar playing ha gotten more bold, the songs are chock full of passion and it's a perfect follow up album. Love it so much, and probably won't stop listening to it for a month. Can't wait to see the boys in August in Jersey. Expand
  2. BernieG.
    Aug 25, 2005
    10
    This is Coldplay's best album. They have finally reached U2-like status with their lyrical content and musical styles. Best song on the This is Coldplay's best album. They have finally reached U2-like status with their lyrical content and musical styles. Best song on the album, "Talk" is also, in my opinion, the best song of 2005. Expand
  3. Joaoalien
    Apr 20, 2008
    10
    best album ever made
  4. JonD
    Jun 9, 2005
    9
    I've been a fan since 'clocks' was released from a rush of blood. Some may say its the same old coldplay formula, but whats I've been a fan since 'clocks' was released from a rush of blood. Some may say its the same old coldplay formula, but whats wrong with that? If the musics great, why change for change sake? Excellent thought provoking songs; square one, what if, talk (my fave!) fix you, speed of sound and swallowed in the sea are my highlights.. Expand
  5. Anthony
    Jun 10, 2005
    8
    This one'll take more time to get used to... But "Talk," "Fix You," "Swept in the Sea," and the single are early favorites.
  6. JonR
    Nov 19, 2005
    6
    X&Y was the first Coldplay album I bought thanks to my addiction to the Fix You video from Live 8 when AOL still had it up. Really lovely X&Y was the first Coldplay album I bought thanks to my addiction to the Fix You video from Live 8 when AOL still had it up. Really lovely stuff. But as a whole this album drowns itself out. Theres very little (if any) contrast in pacing or atmosphere from song to song, which kills the album. Sure it has some highlights, White Shadows, the formentioned Fix You and the final three tracks come to mind. Most of the rest is rather blah, average. I have no problem with falsetto vocals either (hell I love Radiohead and Muse) so don't go into that. Basically this albums has 5 great songs and then a collection of a couple "good" ones and many without any zip. Expand
  7. JessR
    Jun 6, 2005
    0
    Utter crapola. Thanks for nothing, guys.

See all 342 User Reviews