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Chris High reviews the popular album by Coldplay - X&Y

COLDPLAY - X&Y
Parlophone
2005

Front cover of the Coldplay album - X&Y

X&Y - COLDPLAY

Following the gigantic, almost unprecedented, much vaunted successes of their previous two albums, Parachutes and A Rush Of Blood To The Head, Coldplay were fated to deliver a duff album with this their third outing, surely?

No.

 

X&Y from Square One (the opening number) to Twisted Logic thirteen tracks later, is Britpop - whatever that actually is these days - at its very best.

Yes, Chris Martin and co. still manage to hold that "every track sounds the same" knack that can be infuriating. But, on closer listening, each tune, melody, harmony and lyric is positively and discernibly different, with interlocking blueprint that overlays the casual, thrown together melee that they first appear to be.


White Shadows is a poetic work of art that deserves to be included in Norton's Anthology, whereas Swallowed By The Sea is sentimentality in overkill, underpinned by assured skill and musicianship rarely seen in these days of badly hung cover versions. If for no other reason though, this album should be in everybody's collection for one track and for one track alone - Fix You.

Of this, no more will be said here. Just listen and enjoy.

X&Y is a fine return that is the "must-have" album of the year and if this is, as has been suggested, to be their final album, then Britpop - whatever that truly is - will be all the sorrier for their passing.


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