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X & Y – Coldplay

X&Y

(2005), 6.5/10
Maybe I’m the only person in the world who thinks this, but to my ears X&Y is Coldplay’s most substantial album yet, with a better ratio of good songs to bad songs than their first two records. They’re still mining the space between Coldplay and U2; the riff in ‘White Shadows’ sounds like the guitarist wants to be The Edge, but I’m not too fussed if they can string together enough good songs like this. Although Chris Martin is still over emoting about the minutiae of his feelings, these songs seem more meaningful than before. “Lights will guide you home/And ignite your bones/And I will try to fix you” doesn’t make a whole lot of literal sense, but it’s nice. The verse melody of the title track is terrific – if they managed more moments like that, I’d consider owning one of their albums. First single ‘Speed of Sound’ is reminiscent of ‘Clocks’, but best of all is ‘Fix You’ – that softly dramatic chorus is very effective. The acoustic tracks ‘A Message’ and ‘Til Kingdom Come’ are also excellent, and break up the album nicely. I’m not ranking X&Y too highly still, as there are many other bands that I’d rather listen to, but it’s a definite step forward over the first two, so if you thought those ones were enjoyable, prepare to be blown over by X&Y.

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