| The kind of raw, emotional songs that Coldplay do so well are still here; ‘Swallowed In The Sea’, written early in 2004 and written about coming to terms with the death of people close to you; the simple, moving love song ‘A Message’; and the achingly beautiful ‘What If’. But elsewhere Coldplay enter new territory: title track ‘X&Y’ is inspired by ‘Abbey Road’-era Beatles; in ‘Talk’ they take the riff from Kraftwerk’s ‘Computer Love’ and build a glorious, affecting rock song around it; while album closer ‘Twisted Logic’ displays a darker, angrier side to the band. |
So ‘X&Y’ is yet another leap forward from ‘Parachutes’ and ‘A Rush of Blood To The Head’. An ambitious, confident and exhilarating album from a band at the peak of their powers, ‘X&Y’ is destined to become the benchmark release of 2005.
Coldplay, comprised of Guy Berryman (bass), Jonny Buckland (lead guitar), Will Champion (drums) and Chris Martin (vocals, guitar, keyboards), formed in London in 1998. Their double Platinum 2000 debut, ‘Parachutes’, featured the international hit singles ‘Yellow’ and ‘Trouble’ and won the band 2 Brits and a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. 2002’s ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’ was another critical and commercial smash, giving the band their second UK No.1 album with the biggest first week sale of any album that year.
Coldplay will go on the road summer in support of ‘X&Y’. The first leg of their world tour sees them playing their biggest ever UK headline shows:
Wed 22 nd June DUBLIN MARLAY PARK
Sat 25 th June GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL, Headlining Pyramid Stage
Mon 27 th & Tues 28 th June LONDON CRYSTAL PALACE NATIONAL SPORTS CENTRE
Fri 1 st & Sat 2 nd July GLASGOW BELLAHOUSTON PARK
Mon 4 th & Tue 5 th July BOLTON REEBOK STADIUM