Mylo Xyloto, Coldplay’s long-awaited fifth studio album, is nothing less than astonishing. The fourteen tracks making up Mylo Xyloto, will undoubtedly make fans out of anyone who has never listened to Coldplay. The album is broken up into three chapters, each with their very one introduction.
The beginning of the album makes up chapter one with the introduction, Mylo Xyloto and songs, Hurts Like Heaven, Paradise, Charlie Brown, and Us Against the World. This starts the story of a relationship that makes you feel young again like Charlie Brown and loving something so much that it, Hurts Like Heaven.
The album title track and first song on the album, Mylo Xyloto, is a short forty-three second introduction leading into Hurts like Heaven. Mylo Xyloto sends the listener on a journey through the rest of the album. The instrumental introduction opens the doors to what to expect from the rest of the album: an upbeat album that deals with love and questions self-worth.
Track two, Hurts Like Heaven, is a lively melody that asks, “Do you ever get the feeling that you’re missing your mark?” The song brings inspiration to people who may be down on their luck. Though this song is considered track two, it is the first lyrical song. The lyrics, aside from being poetically magnificent, sends the message to not allow social norms to keep you from doing what you love to do. Such is a great message to lead the album off with.
Paradise finds a perfect fit into the track three position. It was also released on September 12th, 2011 as the second single off of the album. It is so much more than just another catchy pop song hitting the radio airwaves. It sends out a message of hope with lyrics such as “Life goes on, it gets so heavy… She’d say ‘I know the sun must set to rise.’” These lyrics serve as an uplifting message encouraging the listener to look for the good in bad times, as well as the idea that you can make any place your own version of Paradise.
Charlie Brown is an enjoyable song that made me reminisce of my childhood. The introduction of the song sounds like children enjoying life on a swing set with not a care in the world. The chorus: “All the boys, all the girls, all the madness in the world…all the madness that occurs,” shows how most children are unaware of all of the madness in the world.” Giving track four the title of Charlie Brown gives it a “The Kids Are Alright” type of feel. The song, despite being about how life becomes complicated as we get older, manages to stay fun, poppy and enjoyable.
“Through chaos as it swirls it’s just us against the world:” such is the central message of Us Against the World, a beautiful song recounting a lost love pining for a second chance. The song’s story begins with, “in my heart she left a hole,” but goes on to state that if given one more chance it would be them against the world and nothing else would matter. A simple but lovely song, it tells the story without the need of a lot of instrumentals to complete the song, allowing the lyrics to shine through. Us Against the World is in the running for one of my favorite songs on the album.
Chapter two is the middle of the story and the album. The introduction comes from the song, M.M.I.X. The rest of the chapter consists of the songs, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, Major Minus, U.F.O., Princess of China, and Up in Flames. Here we start to see the climax of the relationship where things might not always be perfect or what they seem.
M.M.I.X, another instrumental piece, is forty-nine seconds introducing the middle of the album. It sends the album into a smooth transition into the first single of the album.
Every Teardrop is a Waterfall was released on June 3rd, 2011 as the band’s first single off Mylo Xyloto. It was a success and helped ease the fans over until the October release. Every Teardrop is a Waterfall is invigorating, reminiscent of such Coldplay hits as The Scientist and Clocks. In my opinion, it was a wise decision to use Every Teardrop is a Waterfall as the lead off of Mylo Xyloto.
Another song in the middle chapter of the album, Major Minus warns to, “be careful what it is you’re trying to do.” The song’s fun instrumentals are a quirky approach with which to deliver the warning of the song.
U.F.O starts off with an acoustic guitar accompanying Chris Martin’s soft vocals, as he sings, “We have such a long way to go.” This lyric fits perfectly into the middle of the album because it’s a message to the listener that they still have numerous songs left. It also sends the message not to give up when times are tough because there is so much more to life. Instrument lead-ins build up the song as well as the remainder of the album. With only twenty seconds remaining, the song completely fades out concluding the song with fifteen seconds of unusual but complimentary melodies.
Pop-superstar Rihanna lends her voice to perfect Princess of China. Having this unlikely pair collaborate for a track on this album was a very wise decision. While both Coldplay and Rihanna can be found in the genre of pop, they are on two opposite sides of the spectrum. This upbeat pop song should be number one on the charts right now. It is my favorite song on the album. Princess of China compliments the middle of the album at track ten. Coldplay covered Rihanna’s new hit, We Found Love in a recent interview with BBC Radio 1 They made the song their own proving that these artists should collaborate more often!
A true to form ballad, Up in Flames pleasantly compliments the slot for song eleven. It is a song about knowing when it is better to end a relationship than to drag it along. Up in Flames is a swift song sharing the heartache, without resulting in a tedious story. The only question you’re left asking is what caused the end of the relationship. This chapter of the album is closing but the story completes itself in the next chapter.
The final chapter of the album, starts off with A Hopeful Transmission as the introduction and continues with the songs Don’t Let It Break Your Heart, and closes the album out with Up With The Birds. The final chapter isn’t just the end to the story but it’s the start of a whole new story.
The thirty-three second instrumental song, A Hopeful Transmission sits at track twelve. A Hopeful Transmission is the last introduction of the album, this time introducing the end of the album.
While A Hopeful Transmission is a slow-paced instrumental, Don’t Let It Break Your Heart picks up fast-paced to help start the end of the album. Don’t Let It Break Your Heart tells you to not let the relationship that ended in Up in Flames, break your heart and ruin your relationships to come. It’s really as simple as finding something to pick you up again and help you find the next chapter in your life to move on with.
Ending Mylo Xyloto’s journey off right is Up with the birds. The funny thing is, Up With The Birds is not a song about ending. It’s a song about not letting the bad things get in the way of all the beautiful things that are going to come your way. The song and the album end with the lyrics, “But I know one day, good things are coming our way.” Nothing is more perfect then ending the album with that positive note.
Having never listened to any Coldplay songs other than the band’s hit radio singles, I found myself loving every song on the album! I even went as far as to buy other Coldplay albums. After listening to other Coldplay albums like X&Y and Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends I realize that Mylo Xyloto, is a great album that was extremely worth the long anticipated wait. These three albums, along with the rest of Coldplay’s discography show that the band has improved over time and each album continues to keep their fans pleased.