Mylo Xyloto – hair flapping stuff

By Bronwyn Slater 


Pic: Q magazine online

For a band that has never really made my hair fly back, Coldplay has finally managed to get it flapping in the wind with their latest album, Mylo Xyloto. Often considering Coldplay to be the kind of band to have one good song out of 13 on all their albums, Mylo Xyloto is a refreshing change for me. Expect a good number of the songs on this album to be heard on the radio instead of the usual two that manage to make it onto the airwaves. Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, being more exciting than Chris Martin and his boys’ previous stuff, was definitely a sign of greater things to come.

Mylo Xyloto, the band’s fifth album, is (surprise, surprise) another addition to the growing list of concept albums. Mylo and Xyloto, two characters living in a depressing, oppressive society, are in love and they, of course, eventually live happily ever after. Albeit slightly clichéd and corny, the concept brings the songs together, something their other albums can’t claim. Mylo Xyloto took me on what felt like an LSD induced trip for my ears into a musical kaleidoscope of atmospheric instrumentals, vocals and melodies. And just when I thought there couldn’t be a better suited video for a song than Viva la Vida, along came Every Teardrop is a Waterfall. Many, many colours – all the ones you can hear – and then some! If the colours don’t get you smiling, Martin’s energy – that paramount to a 5 year old on a sugar high – should get you going.

The emotional, woe-is-me track that is Up in Flames let the album down slightly while Rihanna‘s guest appearance in Princess of China was pleasantly surprising, although somewhat off the map. The electro, breakup song deviates from Coldplay’s usual artsy experimental style, but is still an enjoyable, seductive song. Don’t Let It Break Your Heart (like Every Teardrop is a Waterfall) feels like a song ready to be sung by the kids of a revolution, peddling inspiration with dance moves. As for the trippy Paradise, the video does it more justice than the actual song.

While the album has its corny moments, true Coldplay fans won’t be disappointed. If you think Coldplay shouldn’t be allowed near a stage, this album won’t change your mind. Upbeat, vibey, artsy and atmospherically illuminating, Mylo Xyloto is a decent piece of work in the style that suits Coldplay most.


Video: Youtube, ColdplayVEVO


Video: Youtube, ColdplayVEVO

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