Mylo Xyloto

Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
Critic Score
Based on 33 reviews
2011 Ratings: #719 / 977
User Score
Based on 553 ratings
2011 Ratings: #213
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A.V. Club

Mylo Xyloto, builds a bridge between yesterday’s rock stars and the urban acts filling the big rooms now, like Kanye West and Jay-Z—both pals of singer Chris Martin. It’s a brilliant gambit because it actually sounds like a natural extension of Coldplay’s big, radio-friendly sound.


Swaddled in synths and gilded by state-of-the-art production, but never too off-putting if you still insist that "real music" is played by men with guitars.

They’ve embraced their schoolboy selves and are simply singing songs of love and good cheer, albeit on a grand scale that somehow seems smaller due to the group’s insuppressible niceness.

They're consistent, and for those who want another dose of warm, cosy fluff, this will do the trick.

No Ripcord

Once more, they bust out a bracing, if slightly ineffective, concept that showcases them at their most idiosyncratic without losing sight of what their audience wants

The Guardian

You quickly get the feeling that Coldplay might have been laying it on a bit thick about the pop influence on Mylo Xyloto.

The Observer
Chris Martin has described Coldplay's fifth album as a dystopian love story rock opera but wacky names and high concept can't seem to elevate their music from the sonic equivalent of a cup of tea made with a used bag: it's a bit uplifting, but ultimately insipid.
Drowned in Sound

It's not, on the whole, dislikable; it's just a bit of a mess.

Beats Per Minute

Underneath all the jittery electronic production that on the surface might seem like the band is trying something new, it’s really just a facade for some of their most simplistic writing to date.

Consequence of Sound

They’re attempting to breach their comfort zone, and they’re definitely drilling away here, but it’s questionable whether or not it’s in the right area.


This is the kind of sequel where nothing new is introduced, no great revelations are to be had, and the things that made the previous installment so great are nowhere to be found.

Mylo Xyloto - 100
Hurts Like Heaven - 100
Paradise - 100
Charlie Brown - 100
Us Against the World - 100
M.M.I.X. - 100
Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall - 100
Major Minus - 80
U.F.O. - 90
Princess of China - 100
Up in Flames - 100
A Hopeful Transmission - 100
Don't Let It Break Your Heart - 80
Up with the Birds - 100
So, uh, yeah... "Mylo Xyloto" isn't as great as I would've hoped...

If we were to rate this in terms of a "concept album" as it is called, this would be like a 3/10. The concept is so boring and cliche, and the music itself barely even explores the most basic details of the story, leaving you guessing at what is even happening during the story.

But, story aside, this is just average. There are some decent cuts on here like the nostalgic "Paradise" or the ... read more
Mylo Xyloto is not Coldplay's best work by any means, but it provides a very enjoyable and nostalgic listen for me. This is my personal favorite Coldplay album. Mylo Xyloto is Coldplay's best attempt at kinda a dream pop style. It's got a lot of synths and studio production sounds. The music is typical of that of late 2000's - early 2010's pop. Martin's lyricism is fairly shallow at times, but the album's light-hearted tone redeems the entire quality.
Coldplay's most boring, bland and inconsistent album in their whole discography.
Talk about underrated, I love this album, not because it's some rock concept masterpiece but... wait, this is a rock concept album... riiiiiiiight, because Coldplay are the band we all just KNEW was capable of making a cohesive concept album... And no the concept isn't important at all, I didn't even notice the concept until Wikipedia told me it was a concept album...
Well I don't love this album cuz of its concept, its quite a stupid concept tbh

This album is just consistently fun, every ... read more
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Track List

  1. Mylo Xyloto
  2. Hurts Like Heaven
  3. Paradise
  4. Charlie Brown
  5. Us Against the World
  6. M.M.I.X.
  7. Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall
  8. Major Minus
  9. U.F.O.
  10. Princess of China
  11. Up in Flames
  12. A Hopeful Transmission
  13. Don't Let It Break Your Heart
  14. Up with the Birds
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Added on: August 12, 2011