Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto

This morning Coldplay posted the new single “Paradise” to its official webpage, and it’s a grandiose cut with a bare, pretty melody accented by a chorus of strings. It’s pretty par for the Coldplay course, but that’s hardly a bad thing.

Mylo Xyloto is out 10/24 on Capitol Records. Here’s the tracklist, which features Rihanna on “Princess Of China.”

01 “Mylo Xyloto”
02 “Hurts Like Heaven”
03 “Paradise”
04 “Charlie Brown”
05 “Us Against The World”
06 “M.M.I.X.”
07 “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”
08 “Major Minus”
09 “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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Comments (75)
  1. Finally, a new Coldplay song that’s single worthy. Here’s to hoping the rest of the album is decent.

    Also, thank you Stereogum for continuing to report on Coldplay even though everyone is always hating on them in the comments section.

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    • Every song they release these days uses the same rhythmic pattern. It’s kind of boring. Also I feel like Journey and Coldplay lyrics are indistinguishable.

      • really, it’s true. I don’t know why everyone is thumbs-ing down you guys. Coldplay is the equivalent to like, a summer blockbuster at the movies. It’s made for you to be entertained with catchy hooks and generic lyrics about love and other things people like; it’s not there to make you think.

        Personally, I’d rather listen to something interesting and original that takes time. It’s way more rewarding than coldplay.

  2. I only dislike Coldplay because their music hasn’t been what I want to hear from them or anyone.
    Thats it.

    • Yeah right bro it’s just because you know that p4k is going to award it below an 8 and you probably only listen to source tags and codes. You only like shabazz palaces anyway, right?
      I know you.

      • Even if that were the case, I doubt the current generation of Pitchfork sheep listen to Source Tags and Codes (or even know that album exists.) Maybe if you said Bon Iver or something. Post-Save Ferris/Pre-Arcade Fire Funeral Pitchfork reviews had more worth reading into than anything they publish these days.

        • I was just kidding but I appreciate your restraint in responding to a comment i would have blasted.
          The phrase “Post-save ferris” is my new favourite.

          <3

        • Hey man, I listen to Source Tags and Codes, and… Wait… I’m not supposed to admit to being a Pitchfork follower.

          • I seriously don’t get this whole “Pitchfork follower” thing. Pitchfork is just one of the many music blogs I visit on a daily basis, and more often than not I agree with their assessments on what the “best new music” is. But it’s not like they’re the only thing that informs my musical tastes. I’ve discovered the majority of my favorite bands from Pitchfork, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of, IMO. I’ve also loved the hell out of several albums that they’ve either blasted or didn’t even bother to review. They’re just an indie music website. Are they “too corporate” or some other bullshit? Get over yourselves, people. Good music is good music, no matter who introduces it to you.

        • I listen to Source Tags and Codes…. great album, and I hate post-rock/post-hardcore. Thank you Pitchfork, for introducing me to them.

          Bon Iver too. Thank you Pitchfork. You guys rock.

    • And what do you listen to Michael? From your profile picture, I’m guessing Skee-Lo.

  3. Lupe Fiasco’s going to be rapping over this in a few months, guaranteed.

  4. This sounds great.

    Shabazz palacesesque.

  5. shabazz palacesque

  6. Rihanna featured on a track. And this is OFFICIALLY the point where I stop giving an ENTIRE fuck. :|

    • Have to agree on this one, one song it’s Rihanna, next thing it’ll be Beyonce w/ JayZ and (gives me deep dread writing this) Gwyneth Paltrow doing a duet on one of their upcoming albums. It’s a slippery-slope for these Coldplayers

      • If Gwyneth gets allowed to even act as a mic stand in the studio I would completely lose faith in anything they would ever do after that.
        harsh, but her voice is like the voice of an angel..who has had its throat completely removed from its body.

  7. It’s like they could have this really good, interesting sound if they just pushed the envelope a little more. Till then, their earlier stuff will always be better, Always.

    • I agree. I always thought they pushed the envelope the most on VLVODAAHF, but now are holding back for now reason at all. Anything they do will be bought up and loved by the likes of my 40-year-old aunt and used on every new CBS promo…. it’s not like they’re risking anything by being creative. It’s like they just choose NOT to. Sad.

  8. Disappointing. They need to stop making music for the masses and start making music for themselves. Maybe then, we’ll get a worthy successor to Parachutes.

  9. Well, this is disappointing. This and ETiaW are pretty lackluster singles. Though, Viva La Vida was a huge success, I feel the album was way under-appreciated. Mylo Xyloto is not looking like a fantatsic follow-up though.

  10. I used to be the biggest Coldplay supporter around (even after the 40-year-old-virgin made it even more uncool to like). Then, Viva la Vida came out and my confidence in them to put out stellar records waivered. I liked that they experimented with their sound and found many tracks to still be enjoyable. Now, after sampling five to six songs on this tracklist, I feel they have taken a large step back. This CD is trying to be U2, which is the greatest insult I personally, can throw anyone’s way. I’m just going to keep listening to Parachutes and Rush of Blood to the Head instead.

    • This is one of my favorite comments of all time. The idea that any of this record sounds like U2 is good. The idea that U2, a band whose good output is phenomenal and whose shitty output gave rise to Coldplay itself…that’s even better.

      I get it. You’re young. But you have no fucking idea what you’re talking about….and that’s why I would like you to comment even more.

      • Honestly, I’m having trouble following what either of you are talking about?

      • Maybe my comparison to U2 was a little random. I try to bash them any chance I get because this world needs to be rid of Bono. What I was trying to get at is that Coldplay’s sound seems to be going in the direction of a band simply worried about playing amphitheaters and appealing to everyone. Now instead of writing beautiful, real lyrics that made you feel what Chris Martin was evoking (whether good or bad), we get bullshit about waterfalls and rainbows. They have completely sold out, and no longer have a dynamic sound. I agree with imasquare that their music is uninspired and “watered-down.” Kind of like the last few albums U2 frontman Boner has released.

        • I think the band has covered emotional introspection and I feel like they just wanted to have more fun with this album. Not everything has to be ground breaking. To me, this album seems like a celebration i.e. having fun with music and not being as serious or deep or introspective as they usually are. I am OK with this album adding some breadth rather than more depth to their entire song catalog that already contains plenty of depth.

          • it’s not the introspection that i necessarily miss. it’s the good songwriting. apart from the lyrics going downhill (which they have), this music is boring. all of it!

        • Okay, buddy, I don’t often make comments like this, as I feel it is wrong to mock retards publicly, but U2 is responsible for some of the greatest albums ever made, a truly original sound that has been widely influential and, concomitant pomposity or not, Bono’s humanitarian efforts are genuine and bring real good to the world. So, as my grandfather said to me when I told him that eating meat was an anthropocentric practice, “Please, get your head out of your ass.” Thank you, your pal, Jason

    • I don’t think the comparison is fair. U2 can and will continue to put out good music, I won’t argue. But Coldplay are starting to water-down their formula a little bit.

      • Coldplay is just trying to have more fun in this album instead of trying to be ground-breaking and serious. They already have plenty of deep, serious, emotional introspective music in their catalog. Maybe they wanted to balance out the intensity of their past work with something that’s more like an upbeat celebration. Every album they do has a theme and they explore that theme by experimenting in different genres of music. That’s what I love about Coldplay. They have been doing that since the beginning. I think this album was intended to be a change of pace and I think they just wanted to rock people’s socks off because that’s what they felt like doing. And personally I love that I can put Coldplay’s music from all their albums on my ipod and hit shuffle and feel like I’m getting a variety of music even though I’m listening to the same band. I don’t think they have become a pop band. They are just exploring the pop genre in this album.

  11. It strangely seems as though Chris Martin’s lyrics have IMPROVED SLIGHTLY! Jesus Christ. Regarding the song itself, though… Not bad.

  12. sad that this is the same band that wrote “sparks”…

    • sad that you can’t see past “sparks” and still compare every new thing the band tries with what they did in the past. They already did “sparks”. Now they are doing something new. Get it?

  13. Blah chorus. The rest of the song has all the right pieces to it but the chorus is dead weight.

    Hopefully I’ll have better things to say if/when there’s a Mylo Xyloto comment party but I don’t think it’ll match the redemptive high of Viva La Vida. Violet Hill is such a great song.

  14. My expectations for this record keep fluctuating… this and ETIAF make me cringe, but Moving to Mars and particularly Major Minus restore my hope. Still going to remain cautiously optimistic.

    • If you could write a better song, maybe you would be on tour right now and people would be posting “meh” on your videos. But instead, you’re the one posting “meh” while the band is on tour right now.

  15. this gives me the same watered down, bland feeling that the new KOL stuff does

  16. This is what I like to call beginners music. Its not necessarily bad but just very simple. Most people, like myself, move on to other more complex bands as their music tastes mature. You can only listen to Coldplay so many times before all of their songs start to sound exactly the same.

  17. Denis Schröder  |   Posted on Sep 13th, 2011 -1

    This is probably the most misguided, pathetic song I’ve heard all year. Might have to do with the fact that I don’t listen to public radio anymore, but still. I’ve never been the greatest Coldplay fan, but this song’s just plain insulting. schmaltzy, stupid and musically completely uninspired. Anyone involved with this should feel ashamed. Please, Coldplay. just do us all a favor and go away?

    • Really? I would understand complaining about Stereogum for covering Coldplay but complaining about Coldplay and the song its self. This song is no where near as insufferable and some of the purely disgusting dreck out there. Just be glad Stereogum didn’t cover that new Maroon 5 song and leave it at that.

        • Denis Schröder  |   Posted on Sep 14th, 2011 0

          But unlike Coldplay, Maroon 5 don’t pretend to be relevant.

          • Coldplay just plays music. I’m not sure what you’re talking about when you say “pretend to be relevant”. That’s all critic bullshit that surrounds the band… not coming from the band itself. What does that even mean, “relevant”? Are you incapable of enjoying a song purely and simply for what it is without always comparing it to something else or thinking about things like ratings. I like Coldplay’s music because their songs make me feel good and I’ve been listening since the beginning. It does not matter if the albums goes triple platinum or if you can only find their albums in the bargain bin at the dollar store, it doesn’t change the music or your own feelings abut the music… unless you’re really affected by the perception of the band more than the band itself. Judge a tree by its fruit. Coldplay has produced bundles of good fruit.

          • I’m not sure what’s worse: Coldplay trying to be relevant or Linkin Park trying to be relevant.

  18. I feel like they should’ve spent more time on this album. I wish they would do another stripped down album like their debut, Parachutes. Speak louder with one voice. I feel like they’re throwing a lot at me in this “Paradise” song.

  19. This would make a great mashup with Coolio’s “Gangster’s Paradise”.

  20. I just stumbled here and saw some of these really negative comments. First of all, to all you people saying that all coldplays songs are the same, you must have only heard their singles or something. Their older stuff is insanely different. Listen to paradise again and then go listen to “such a rush” if those sound the same to you, theres something wrong with your head. Also, this song was a pop song meant to be a pop song meant to be something everyone can sing along to at their concerts, and it’s pretty good at that. It soars above most every other pop autotune crap song out there. That being said, this song is nowhere near as good as most of their other stuff, I hope the rest of the album is as good and surprising as VLV. Anyway, before you hate on coldplay like everyone else, give their albums a shot (especially earlier ones) and then make your call.

    • that’s the thing though – the only reason their sound has progressed is because they were affected by all the shit that comes with major labels. it pisses me off that this is the smae band that wrote “sparks”. shit like “every teardrop is a waterfall” gets radio play, and i have this image of chris martin writing gorgeous, well written songs before he goes to bed at night.

      • Can’t the band just have fun and mix it up? Not everything they do is going to live up to the high expectations of the critics… and it doesn’t have to in order to be good. Bands have ebbs and flows and sometimes they just change it up. Every album they do has a theme and they explore that theme in different genres. That’s what they have been doing since the beginning but people like you who can’t see past the first album keep comparing every new thing they try with what they did in the past. People grow, evolve and change. If they still sounded like the same band that made “sparks”, then you’d probably say they were too redundant and boring. So then it doesn’t matter what they do i.e. damned if they do and damned if they don’t. What matters is that they make the music THEY want to make and I think that’s what they are doing. Its just not the music YOU want them to make.

        • sommmmmebody really, really loves coldplay. get ‘em simone!

        • trust me, this isn’t really the same music they want to make either. songs get revised, revised, and revised again with major labels. if it was just them, you’d be hearing an entirely different coldplay. and high expectations of critics? critics LOVE coldplay and will love this album.

  21. The melody played by the strings at 0:22 and sung later on sounds almost exactly like the chorus of Voxtrot’s “Sway” (1:50), one of my favorite songs ever. Only there, it’s actually affecting. Here, it’s just like, ” here’s something catchy — and here, now we’ll throw another one at you. And another, and another” — with no cohesion, development or purpose.

  22. Every album they do has a theme and they explore that theme by experimenting in different genres of music. That’s what I love about Coldplay. They have been doing that since the beginning. I think this album was intended to be a change of pace and I think they just wanted to rock people’s socks off because that’s what they felt like doing. To me, this album seems more like a celebration. I think the band just wanted to have fun with music instead of trying too hard to make “epic” music. I think the band has struggled with trying to live up to the critics expectations and I feel like it was sucking the pure and simple joy of making music. Chris Martin said after Viva La Vida was finished and they were thinking about the next album that they wanted to go back to basics and write what they would personally want to hear on the radio. I am OK with this album adding some breadth rather than more depth to their entire song catalog that already contains plenty of depth. Its OK to just have fun. Not everything has to be epic and ground-breaking to be good.

  23. Every album they do has a theme and they explore that theme in different genres. That’s what they have been doing since the beginning but people like you who can’t see past the first album keep comparing every new thing they try with what they did in the past. People grow, evolve and change. If they still sounded like the same band that made “sparks”, then you’d probably say they were too redundant and boring. So then it doesn’t matter what they do i.e. damned if they do and damned if they don’t. What matters is that they make the music THEY want to make and I think that’s what they are doing. Its just not the music YOU want them to make. Can’t the band just have fun making music without all the weird head games you critics play all the time? They must be ignoring the critics and doing what’s in their hearts. If it were my band, I think the critics would drive me completely mad and I don’t see how anybody would be capable of making good music AND having fun in the process (a necessity to make good music) if they listened to critics.

  24. People around here take themselves way too seriously.

  25. Is it just me or does Stereogum post Coldplay stories just to get a good amount of hits and not feel like Pitchfork Jr.?

  26. First of all, IT’S BULLSHIT for someone to reply to every single negative comment about a band by exclaiming you’re not allowed to dislike something because you’re not in a band. So unless everyone agrees with you we’re not allowed to have an opinion? Your comments would be awesome if they weren’t so ridiculously condescending and self-righteous. Second of all, seeing as how every Coldplay post on here always gets the most comments, COLDPLAY HAS WON.

  27. my problem with all the coldplay news on stereogum is not the fact that they aren’t worthy of thirty updates for their upcoming album, it’s because this site refuses to give us studio updates or recent music videos or premature evaluations on old buzz bands like trail of dead or against me etc.

    but yeah really, WHAT THE FUCK IS SO GREAT ABOUT COLDPLAY ANYMORE?

  28. Not so great as previous singles, but its not so bad at al…

  29. I do not understand this bashing at all. Especially when people say their old stuff was somehow way better. I mean, long ago I fell in love with Parachutes as well but I think the first two albums were, albeit well quite written songs, verrry boring in terms of producing. X&Y has some moments but when they got Brian Eno to produce Viva la Vida I think the band really was born again. Have you got no ears or something? I mean, if you listen to just the singles or base your opinnion on something other than the music itself then I get it (what on earth does p4k have to do with stereogum blogging about this band, really?). But then I don’t think you’ve really listened to e.g. Death and All His Friends or anything on Prospect March (well maybe Jay Z aside).

  30. lets face it…we all got into Parachutes during the pre Kid A hysteria and if it came out today we would all hate it.

    personally I consider Rush of Blood as their worst album just because of the lack of texture and extraneous ooh noise…good songs but boring headphone music. this is mid-grade coldplay, which in the overall music spectrum is like a 3. so they’re not the worst band ever, but just totally unecessary

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