X & Y CD (2005)

Artist: Coldplay

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Coldplay is great!

by Chris Kennedy on 10/7/2005

This CD is one which grows on you. At first I thought that it wouldn't measure up to "A Rush of Blood to the Head," but after listening to it more and more, I can't get enough! Great job again, Coldplay!

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X&Y is the third and long awaited follow-up album to Rush Of Blood To The Head and Parachutes by one of the most successful British bands of all time, Coldplay. Includes the new single Speed Of Sound and 11 other tracks.


Label Capitol
SKU 63978192
UPC 724347478628
UPC 14 00724347478628
Format CD
Release Date 6/7/2005
Author Coldplay
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Technical Info
Engineer Ken Nelson
Producer Danton Supple; Coldplay; Ken Nelson; Danton Supple; Coldplay; Ken Nelson
CatalogID 4747862
Lable Name Capitol
Released 06/06/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724347478628
Album Notes and Credits
Contains the hidden track, on track # 13.
Coldplay: Chris Martin (vocals, piano); Jonny Buckland (guitar); Guy Berryman (bass guitar); Will Champion (drums).
Personnel: Matt McGinn (guitar); Laura Melhuish, Richard George, Christopher Tombling, Anne Lines, Peter Lale, Susan Dench, Audrey Riley (strings); Brian Eno (synthesizer); Robert Smith , Mark Pythian, Carmen Rizzo (computer).
Audio Mixer: Michael Brauer.
Recording information: Air Lyndhurst; Air Lyndhusrt; CRC; Parr Street; Sam West; Sarm west; The Hit Factory, New York, NY; TownHouse.
Photographers: Coldplay; Kevin Westenberg; Tom Sheehan .
Although Coldplay was already big before A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD's 2002 release, nothing could have prepared the British band for the album's Grammy-garnering runaway success. In addition to becoming a full-blown rock star, frontman Chris Martin remained in the media spotlight through his marriage to actress Gwyneth Paltrow and the subsequent birth of the couple's child. What followed for Coldplay was, reportedly, a difficult and lengthy recording process where the group tinkered extensively with their signature sound and eventually arrived back at square one.
"Square One" is, in fact, where X&Y, the band's third album, begins, with a subtle, dreamy keyboard line giving way to a barrage of razor-sharp guitar riffs and Martin's plaintive vocals. In keeping with RUSH's overall theme, the songs of X&Y aren't simply catchy singles so much as engaging and meticulously crafted tracks that fit seamlessly together. Many of the record's songs clock in around the five-minute mark, revealing that the quartet feels no obligation to create short, snappy hits; instead they take their time establishing a resonant, anthemic atmosphere, most notably on the slowly building "Fix You." It's clear on X&Y that nothing about Coldplay needed to be fixed, since this album serves as a potent reminder of the band's charms and talents.
Artist Overview
After surfacing in 2000 with the breakthrough single "Yellow," Coldplay became one of the biggest bands of the new millennium, honing a mix of introspective Brit-pop and anthemic rock that landed the British quartet a near-permanent residence on record charts worldwide. The group's emergence was perfectly timed; Radiohead had just released the overly cerebral Kid A, while Oasis had embraced psychedelic experimentation on Standing on the Shoulder of Giants. U.K. audiences were hungry for a fresh-faced rock band with big aspirations and an even bigger sound, and Coldplay were more than happy to take the reins. ~ Andrew Leahey
Professional Reviews
Spin (pp.99-100) - "By ratcheting up their guitars and still singing about everyday themes, Coldplay are recasting their nerdy-student Britpop as Important Rock Music without sacrificing the homespun vibe..." - Grade: B
Uncut (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Coldplay's third album finds this remarkable band cruising into their prime...X&Y is an exceptional pop record."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.63) - Ranked #37 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2005" - "[N]o contemporary group builds a crescendo more masterfully..."
Paste (magazine) - "With its clarion electric riff rising from what sounds like a wind chamber and Martin's aching voice musing about basic questions of existence, 'Talk' stands out as an anthem in an album full of them..."
Disc 1
1 Square One
2 What If
3 White Shadows
4 Fix You
5 Talk
6 X&Y
7 Speed Of Sound
8 Message, A
9 Low
10 Hardest Part, The
11 Swallowed In The Sea
12 Twisted Logic
13 Til Kingdom Come - (hidden track)
Product Attributes
Artist Coldplay
Music Format Compact Disc

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