Sunday, 30 October 2011

LISTEN UP: Coldplay’s Mylo yields mixed fortune

COLD FUSION: Chris Martin and co. rock on.

While Coldplay’s recently arrived fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto, stays true to the British band’s trademark lyrical narrative, spacey alternative aesthetics and sonically pleasing instrumentation, there’s very little on the record that measures up to the timelessness of 2003’s Record of the Year-winning “Clocks,” or the haunting melancholia of “Yellow” and “Sparks” or the triumphant optimism of “Viva La Vida.”

What we are in for is a brisk set of 14 momentarily winsome tracks, some more impressively rendered than others. The wonderful “Hurts like Heaven,” with its film score-esque tendencies, works beautifully. Rihanna breaks long enough from her ongoing conquest of the pop charts to lend some wailing vocals on the “Princess of China,” another standout. Best of all is “Paradise,” genuinely absorbing thanks to the sheer delight of its evocative melodies and minimalist yet robust arrangement. Tyrone's Verdict: B

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