Our Special Correspondent’s Review of Coldplay’s New Album

Coldplay's X and YThis site is starting to turn into your one-stop-shop for all things Coldplay, isn’t it? My friend Matt was one of the lucky folks picked by MTV to get an advance listen of Coldplay’s new album, X & Y, which doesn’t come out until June. He was kind enough to let us post his review of the LP. Here it is!:

I was fortunate enough to hear the album in its entirety last night and well, here’s my review.

Overall the album is very A Rush of Blood to the Head-esque, with more pounding guitars and pianos, complex layering. Lots of discussion of discovery, repairing/fixing, and not being alone any more. Very personal album. At least one or two songs definitely about Chris Martin’s daughter, Apple.

I’ve included key lyrics and what I thought the song reminded me of.

SQUARE ONE “from the top to the last day… somebody listening to what you say… doesn’t matter who you are” Sounds like: “Politik” meets “Spies”

WHAT IF “what if… there was no time, no reason or rhyme…if you should decide that you don’t want me there by your side.” “bend or break…risk you take… how can you know if you don’t even try” Sounds like: “Scientist,” “Trouble”

WHITE SHADOWS “as a young boy i tried to listen… wanna feel like that.. part of the system, i am.” “all the space i’m taking up… stay with me” Sounds like: “A Whisper,” REM, Radiohead during OK Computer-era, “Clocks”

FIX YOU “too in love to let it go” “tears stream down your face” “lights will guide you home” “i will try and fix you” Sounds like: pretty, “Scientist”/”Amsterdam,” acoustic guitar, big bridge, gospel-esque ending

TALK “oh brother…been trying hard to reach you” “so scared of future and wanna talk to you” “nothing’s making any sense at all… let’s talk” Sounds like: loud and catchy, exploding guitars

X & Y “when something is broken you try to fix it… repair it any way you can” “wanna love you but don’t know if i can” “you and me floating in a tidal wave together” Sounds like: sexy, “We Never Change”

SPEED OF SOUND “how long before i begin… before you decide what it feels like” “chances..this mountain of mine” “when you see it then you’ll understand” Sounds like: “Clocks,” “In My Place”

A MESSAGE “don’t have to be alone, dont have to be on your own” Sounds like: “Green Eyes,” acoustic, u2

LOW “see the world in black and white.. no meaning to your life” “i feel low” “all you ever wanted is love, never gonna give itself up” Sounds like: ROCK!, “Daylight,” “A Whisper”

THE HARDEST PART “wonder what it’s all about” “waiting for that bell to ring…strangest start” Sounds like: The Beatles, “Green Eyes,” very light

SWALLOWED IN THE SEA “you belong to me not swallowed in the sea” “put me on a shelf kept me for yourself” “i could write it down and spread it all around” Sounds like: cheesy lyrics, very clear vocals, A Rush of Blood…, “Scientist”

TWISTED LOGIC “sunlight opened up my eyes” “see you for the first time…” “one foot forwards” Sounds like: loud/angry, “A Whisper”

TILL KINGDOM COME (hidden track) “unlock the door, let me in” “drummers begin to drum… never felt this way before” “hold my hand inside your hand..someone who understands” “for you i’d wait till kingdom come” “wait for me” “wait until my days are done” Sounds like: Parachutes-era Coldplay, country, Bruce

For me the highlights were: “What If,” “Till Kingdom Come,” and “Square One.”