Sometimes you just can’t wait to see your friends.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, by all accounts, Coldplay is one of the biggest bands in the world today. And today they released their fifth album Mylo Xyloto, and their first album in 3 years. Sometimes an album comes along right when you need it in life. Sometimes you can identify with lyrics, and sometimes the music moves you, it makes you feel alive. For me, Coldplay has been a band like that. They’ve had to prove themselves with every album, and every time I’ve identified with the music, metaphors and anecdotes.
Rolling Stone calls this a big-statement album. I’ve just downloaded it, and so far the best moments are indeed the darker ones. “Princess of China” is a ballad about loss and regret, “a damaged love-song”, co-starring Rihanna.
In interviews leading up to today, the band said that this is a “completely fresh start, from our history and from anyone else’s” (partly why the name of the album is 2 made-up words - pronounced MY-low ZY-low-toe).
Well, I can use a fresh start. I look forward to playing this album, loud.
FROM NPR “Coldplay: Four Best Friends, Powered By Chemistry”: Though the band’s success has only increased in its 15 years together, Coldplay’s members are no strangers to negative feedback. But Martin and Champion both agree that, from time to time, even the harshest critic can make a good point. “Sometimes we have criticism that is very constructive,” Martin says. “Although it’s painful at the time, most of the things that people have said about us negatively — some of them are true and you can work on them, and the ones that you don’t agree with, you don’t work on.”
For me, the best line in the Rolling Stone interview above is the last one:
“in terms of where we fit in, i don’t care”.