Coldplay - X&Y
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Based on 19 reviews
2005 Ratings: #197 / 442
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Based on 425 ratings
2005 Ratings: #124
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June 7, 2005 / Release Date
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Capitol / Label
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Let us try, for a few moments, to imagine a better world. A world without cynicism, prejudice and hype. Well, when you put it that way, it sounds a little boring. Yet in this "ideal" world, Coldplay's music would probably be appreciated for what it is: a naive music that sometimes takes itself a little too seriously, but above all melodic and often inspired songs. Their third album, "X&Y", would be valued for its true value, as a little jewel of pop wonderfully ... read more

“X&Y” is a lot more electronic and futile than their earlier releases. It’s a coming of age, a ship lost at sea, a rock band turning to a digital, formulaic world. A majority of the tracks here shine through in the Coldplay discography as darker, less chaotic, and more dense, but there’s a certain grey area here, a passing-through, I should say. A transition from just another britpop group into a pop rock band that starts relating to the mainstream more and ... read more
Perhaps their best album and my favorite of their works so far, X&Y is the third offering from Coldplay and in my opinion their most consistent in terms of quality and concept.

Despite this being their longest record, there is no real problem with the length or the pacing of it all; it all flows very well, with some of Coldplay's best material to date (Square One, White Shadows, Fix You, Talk, Speed of Sound, A Message, Swallowed in the Sea); there is also an infusion of electronic ... read more
Original score: 65.

This really isn't that bad.
Imagine the extreme difficulty of playing a game like Guess that Song: X&Y by Coldplay addition. It’s impossible to separate one atmospheric song from the other twelve.

Best tracks: “Square One;” “Speed of Sound;” “Low”
Worst tracks: “Fix You;” “+”
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