The new Coldplay album entitled “Mylo Xyloto”(pronounced as my-lo zy-letoe), is the band’s fifth and latest album which was released last October 24, 2011. It followed their Viva La Vida album last 2008, which has been well received around the world, with its album having ranked one of the top in various charts. One might ask, “What could Mylo Xyloto possibly mean?” Although the meaning behind those 2 words isn’t quite clear, Coldplay’s Lead singer Chris Martin shared in an interview that the title was created out of the “randomness of the universe”. He said that music sort of comes through the fingers and toes, coming up with the title thinking “what if you had musical digits, like xylo toes?”. Thus, the title “Mylo Xyloto” was born.
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Themes, Genres, and Inspirations of the New Coldplay Album
Aside from the album’s unique name, the band was motivated by certain themes, genres, and inspirations throughout making the album. According to lead singer Chris Martin, the new Coldplay album was inspired by the New York Graffiti in 1970 and the White Rose, a Nazi resistance movement, both of which were about how the youth embraced art in times of turmoil. The colorful graffiti in the album cover art translates this theme very well.
This shines through in the songs of the new Coldplay album. A lot of the songs have big choruses and inter-meshing instrumentals, that magnify the feeling of sparks igniting within. A mix of genres and musical experimentation is present, but the previous style is also maintained in some of its songs in the album.
A Different Style and Sound in the New Coldplay Album
The change in style and sound of the new Coldplay album has received varied opinions especially among the long time fans of the band. This new sound has actually started a bit in the band’s Viva La Vida album. Some prefer the older and more mellow-alternative style that Coldplay has been known for. However, there are also those who are open to exploring different styles , genres, and sounds that are evident in the new Coldplay album. Moreover, the style has not completely changed as some of the songs still maintain the previous style that many people have been familiar with. The Mylo Xyloto album is divided into Side A and Side B. These songs contain both songs that have the familiar style and sound that fans have been accustomed to, as well as songs that have adapted the new style and sound.
Songs in the New Coldplay Album
Below are the songs in the New Coldplay Album, in chronological order:
1. Mylo Xyloto
2. Hurts like Heaven
4. Charlie Brown
7. Every Teardrop is a Waterfall
8. Major Minus
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
The intro of the 43-second Mylo Xyloto, followed by the opening track Hurts Like Heaven makes a perfect anthem to start to the album.
There is no doubt that Coldplay has become one of the most famous and successful bands of today. As they explore their journey and learn more about their craft, they work hard to achieve their goals of being able to share their wonderful music to the people. With their new album, they have incorporated new styles, sounds, and genres to bring a whole new perspective to their music. Indeed, the New Coldplay Album entitled “Mylo Xyloto” offers music which is fresh and innovative.