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  • 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).

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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
    [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
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 333
  1. andyl
    Jun 9, 2005
    an extraordinary follow-up to 'A Rush of Blood to the Head'
  2. sassbullied
    Aug 15, 2005
    amazing... genious...
  3. Joaoalien
    Apr 20, 2008
    best album ever made
  4. joeh
    Jun 7, 2005
    Intelligent. Intense. Introspective. One the best albums released in the last twenty years.
  5. D.Williams
    Jun 9, 2005
    After listening all the way through 4 times this album has grown on me (worked it's way from a 6 to an 8). It is defintely not an album After listening all the way through 4 times this album has grown on me (worked it's way from a 6 to an 8). It is defintely not an album that is immediately listenable like their previous efforts. 'Square One' is IMHO the best opening to any Coldplay album to date and 'White Shadows' has a great chorus and rhythm to it. 'Kingdom Come' is by far my biggest surprise on this album though. I didn't think that Coldplay had the ability or desire to play some thing with such bluegrass/country roots. Should have been a main track and not hidden. XY isn't any better/worse than Rush of Blood. The different approach taken on most songs works for me and serves as a nice change of pace from Rush of Blood. I do understand some negative reviews based on lyrical content (Martin isn't exactly a lyrical whiz-kid) but lyrics are typically so personal that there are bound to be people for whom some lyrics just dont work. Nice to see that Coldplay made a stronger attempt to get away from the standard verse, chorus, verse format of most songs for this album. Look forward to hearing the songs performed live to see if there is a different sound to be gained from some of the songs i didn't like as much e.g. Twisted Logic and A Message. Expand
  6. MarioC
    Oct 11, 2005
    A little deception...
  7. JessR
    Jun 6, 2005
    Utter crapola. Thanks for nothing, guys.

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