#5: Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto

I’m very surprised that this album isn’t being hyped on every year-end countdown being made. It’s surprisingly only getting a minimal amount of love. Perhaps it’s because it’s not “cool” to like Coldplay, but to me, they’re a band that demands to be respected and acknowledged. Their brilliance is far too unavoidable.

Mylo Xyloto is my favorite Coldplay album to date. Maybe it’s because I got into more right-off-the-bat compared to their previous releases, but I love the diversity laced throughout and the simplicity in their song craftmanship.

Mylo Xyloto is more of the same old Coldplay, but features the added dose of what I like to call the “indie sound.” For example, the record’s first song, titled “Hurts Like Heaven” reminds me of the band Phoenix. It’s fast-paced and filled with subtle electronic effects. It’s changes like this that are welcomed and appreciated from my perspective.

Call me crazy and relinquish all music credibility from me if you disagree enough, but I feel like Coldplay is the closest thing to a modern day Beatles than we’ve had since them in music. They write great songs, maintain their own sound, keep it simple, and feature some of the most remarkable four-part harmonies in music today.

Here is a video for Coldplay’s latest single from the album, “Paradise.”

If you’d like to purchase this album, you can do so at Amazon.

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