Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record - Special Edition / 180 Gram Vinyl)

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As they proved on their stellar, remarkably focused sophomore effort, A Rush of Blood to the Head, Coldplay weren't about to be spoiled by success. But in the time since that disc's release, the band -- or, more to the point, major-domo Chris Martin -- have had to deal with a potentially more dangerous problem: a little thing called happiness. While most of the quartet's previous output has dealt with isolation, rejection, and unattainable love, X&Y was crafted in, for lack of a better term, the Gwyneth and Apple Years -- a fact that colors many of the disc's tunes. "The Hardest Part," one of the band's typically elegiac swoonfests, finds Martin marveling at the wonders of pregnancy(!) but managing to stop himself before sinking too deeply into Jim Brickman quicksand. Lovestruck giddiness likewise rears up in the sparse bonus track "Til Kingdom Come," a gentle, folk-tinged catalog of his spouse's attributes. X&Y isn't lyrically one-dimensional, thankfully, and musically, it's far more open-ended than Coldplay's previous full-lengths. "Square One," for instance, replaces the traditional slow build with a lurching gait propelled by Will Champion's tense post-punk drumming. Similarly, "Low," obviously inspired by the Bowie album of the same name, slinks along with a decadent and previously unaired lustiness. Most enjoyable of all -- in part because it shows a nascent sense of humor -- is "Talk," a winking appropriation of Kraftwerk's "Computer Love" that, in the hands of Martin and company, becomes a sort of cyborg power ballad. Much like U2 -- a band that's constantly held up as a benchmark for these boys -- at a similar point in their career, Coldplay exude both power and self-importance. And much like Bono and crew, it's looking like Coldplay have the goods to back up the latter for a long time to come.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/2008
Label: Wb / Parlophone
UPC: 0724347478611
catalogNumber: 747861
Rank: 1734


Disc 1

  1. Square One
  2. What If
  3. White Shadows
  4. Fix You
  5. Talk
  6. X&Y

Disc 2

  1. Speed of Sound
  2. A Message
  3. Low
  4. The Hardest Part
  5. Swallowed in the Sea
  6. Twisted Logic
  7. Til Kingdom Come

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Coldplay   Primary Artist
Susan Dench   Strings
Brian Eno   Synthesizer
Anne Lines   Strings
Audrey Riley   Strings
Peter Lale   Strings
Matt McGinn   Guitar
Chris Martin   Piano,Vocals
Will Champion   Drums
Guy Berryman   Bass Guitar
Jonny Buckland   Guitar
Richard George   Strings
Laura Melhuish   Strings
Christopher Tombling   Strings

Technical Credits

Karl Bartos   Composer
Ralf Hütter   Composer
Ken Nelson   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Audrey Riley   String Arrangements
Carmen Rizzo   Computer Editing
Emil Schult   Composer
Danton Supple   Producer,Audio Production
Mark Pythian   Computer Editing
Coldplay   Producer,Audio Production
Chris Martin   Composer
Will Champion   Composer
Guy Berryman   Composer
Jonny Buckland   Composer
Keith Gary   Pro-Tools
Tappin Gofton   Art Direction
Estelle Wilkinson   Management

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