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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
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 344
  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. MarcoD
    Aug 28, 2005
    10
    The Best Disc Of The World 2005!!!!.... for me...
  3. Joaoalien
    Apr 20, 2008
    10
    best album ever made
  4. bobbob
    Jun 9, 2005
    9
    One of my top 5 favorite albums of all time.I didn't even like AROBTTH all that much(had its fair share of great songs,though),but this One of my top 5 favorite albums of all time.I didn't even like AROBTTH all that much(had its fair share of great songs,though),but this album is just amazing.It has more personality,flavor,anything you want to call it.It's not quite perfect,but it's very close. 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. MarioC
    Oct 11, 2005
    6
    A little deception...
  7. JessR
    Jun 6, 2005
    0
    Utter crapola. Thanks for nothing, guys.

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