X&Y clearly finds Coldplay’s success formula on solid ground; they sound the same, yet they manage enough new musical adventurousness without sacrificing what their fans love. Clocking in at about an hour X&Y starts out strong with the opener “Square One,” and continues with the beautiful piano-based “Fix You,” and “Talk,” a wise choice for the “next single. Their majestic first single “Speed of Sound” starts off side two (if there was a side two) and ends with the gorgeous “The Hardest Part,” and the Cure-like “Swallowed In The Sea.”
No doubt, X&Y will wind up on many music fan’s best of lists for the year.
Written by Bruce Warren
Release Date: June 7, 2005
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