Coldplay released its fifth studio album “Mylo Xyloto” early last week. (Daehyun Park)
Wildly successful mega-band, Coldplay, released its fifth studio album, “Mylo Xyloto,” last Tuesday. The album takes on a much more anthemic theme than any of the band’s previous works, and it is the most musically ambitious effort the band has ever produced. While front-man Chris Martin fills the record with even bigger choruses than 2008’s “Viva La Vida,” it is also accompanied by the musicians’ ever present feel-good lyrics. It seems that Coldplay has chosen to stick to what it knows best on “Mylo Xyloto,” and that is music geared toward uplifting the soul. As always, the lyrics of each track provide an exhilarating sensation of empowerment and inspiration. In “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,” the first single off “Mylo Xyloto,” Martin sings of a revolution brought on by young people. The track is a rather accurate foreshadowing of the overall feel of the album. The mega-band even produced its first slightly danceable cut with “Just Like Heaven.” On “Mylo Xyloto,” Coldplay integrated its venture into a more artistic and worldly sound taken on in “Viva La Vida” with the band’s founding musical style. Coldplay has not completely deviated from its lullaby sound that made it one of the most successful acts of the past twenty years. Tracks like “Up in Flames” and “Us Against the World” are reminiscent of the early Coldplay style found in “Yellow” and “The Scientist,” both of which can be considered two of the band’s most iconic songs. Coldplay has always been known to experiment with the sounds and rhythms in each of it’s musical endeavors, and it did just that on “Mylo Xyloto.” “Princess of China,” a collaborative effort with Rihanna, achieves the middle-ground style the band has been seeking. It is a slightly darker track than the others found on the album, but it is also one of the highlights on the compilation. Other highlights include the previously mentioned track “Us Against the World” and “Paradise.” Coldplay has recently entered its second decade as a band, and after five studio albums it has yet to produce a disappointing compilation of music. The variation in sounds and rhythms found on “Mylo Xyloto“ only cements the fact that Coldplay remains to be one of the few bands that consistently provides an escape from the repetitive sounds of today’s pop music. There is simply no wrong that one can do by pressing play on a Coldplay album, and “Mylo Xyloto” is no exception.