Tuesday, 7 March 2000

Critical Review

MYLO XYLOTO
AllMusic - 3.5/5 - 'There's a veneer of classy disaffection that inevitably dissipates due to the relentless sunniness'
Entertainment Weekly - C+ - 'There's some great arena-ready uplift here. What's missing is the innovation that made Viva La Vida so dynamic'
The Guardian - 3/5 - 'The songs on Mylo Xyloto are good, but the concept is flimsy'
NME - 5/10 - 'The top floor production can't hide the conservative tendencies'
Pitchfork - 7/10 - 'Works because the band manages to sound like Coldplay without sounding like any of their previous LPs, maintaining their stadium-spanning grandeur while subtly challenging preconceptions'
Q Magazine - 5/5 - 'Britain's biggest band sound more alive than ever. It will sustain their imperial position for a long time to come. Music this uplifting, this inspirational, belongs among the stars'
Rolling Stone - 3.5/5 - 'Most ambitious yet. The choruses are bigger, the textures grander, the optimism more optimistic'

Charlie Brown
Digital Spy - 5/5 - 'May be Coldplay's most youthful sounding cut to date, but it's their well-worn ear for a stellar riff that's the main attraction here'
NME - N/A - 'If you call a song 'Charlie Brown' and it sounds this half-arsed you are officially Out Of The Club'

VIVA LA VIDA OR DEATH AND ALL HIS FRIENDS
AllMusic - 4/5 - 'They demonstrate a focused concentration throughout this tight album, that turns Viva la Vida into something quietly satisfying'
Entertainment Weekly - A- - 'The band enlivens its sleepy sound with an edgier, more expansive fourth album'
The Guardian - 3/5 - 'There's a genuine conviction about its contents, a huge advance both on its predecessor and their legion of imitators'
NME - 8/10 - 'It takes a while to get going. But it's in its latter stages that 'Viva' goes truly stratospheric'
Pitchfork - 6.9/10 - 'The anthems remain but they're no longer bogged down by incessant refrains and overdubs'
Q Magazine - 4/5 - 'It's an emphatic success - radical in its own measured way but easy to embrace'
Rolling Stone - 3.5/5 - 'While the experimentation makes this their most musically interesting album to date, its political messages are too vague to be heard amid its outsize hooks'

X&Y
AllMusic - 4/5 - 'X&Y is hardly a bold step forward but rather a consolidation of Coldplay's strengths'
Entertainment Weekly - B - 'Coldplay are an arena band now, and on X&Y, they truly come across as one'
The Guardian - 3/5 - 'With the enormodomes in mind, Coldplay have stuck with their trusted formula'
NME - 9/10 - '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'
Pitchfork - 4.9/10 - 'Bland but never offensive, listenable but not memorable'
Q Magazine - 5/5 - 'A substantially more visceral and emotionally rewarding experience than both its predecessors'
Rolling Stone - 3/5 - 'It's the sound of a blown up band trying not to deflate. Does find ways to reward persistent listeners'

A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD
AllMusic - 4/5 - 'It's a strong album; you can feel, hear, and touch the blood, sweat, and tears behind each song'
Entertainment Weekly - A - 'Displaying a cohesion rarely heard in albums these days, A Rush Of Blood bobs from one majestic little high to another'
The Guardian - 4/5 - 'A band at the top of their game. It sounds like an album ready to take on the world, and win'
NME - 9/10 - 'Mature follow-up more than lives up to best-selling debut'
Pitchfork - 5.1/10 - 'More expansive, the influences less obvious, and the approach more varied, but the guys forgot to tote along their initial strength; the songs'
Q Magazine - 4/5 - 'A collection of vastly moving songs that will render stadiums as intimate at bedrooms. U2, Radiohead...Coldplay? It would seem so'
Rolling Stone - 4/5 - 'First-rate guitar rock with some real emotional protein on its bones'

PARACHUTES
AllMusic - 4/5 - 'Keep the emotion genuine and real. And Coldplay did that without hesitation'
Entertainment Weekly - B+ - 'Dreamy, regretful pop with melodies that dog you like a missed opportunity' (November 17)
Los Angeles Times - 3/5 - 'This dreamy collective whips up a depressive, primordial Brit-pop soup redolent of U2, Oasis and Gomez'
NME - 9/10 - 'Forget trashing rooms and rent-a-quotes, just listen' (July 4)
Pitchfork - 5.3/10 - 'Harmless and pretty. If you want substance, I suggest moving on'
Q Magazine - 8/10 - 'Persuasive melodies and a great big side order of melancholy'
Rolling Stone - 3.5/5 - 'Ultimately rises above its influences to become a work of real transcendence' (October 4, 2004)

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