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Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto: Review

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On their fifth album, Mylo Xyloto, Coldplay busts a move, discovering in their second decade that they can groove.

Hey, it wasn t enough for them to rule arenas, they want to rule dance floors too!

Although they pumped driving rhythms into 2005’s under-appreciated X&Y, there’s a new swagger to the beats on Mylo Xyloto.

The thumping drums that end “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” find Will Champion flexing more muscle, while the funky bass on “Major Minus” might make you think that Flea has replaced Guy Berryman.

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“Paradise,” the soaring current single (click here to download), boasts such a hip-hop boom that you halfway expect Jay-Z to drop a verse on it. Rihanna actually does turn up on the synth-infused “Princess of China,” making a moody match for Chris Martin.

Elsewhere, “Hurts Like Heaven” has a blissful bounce that finds ’80s-pop nirvana.

Still – along this (vaguely) conceptual journey about two lost souls – there are classic Coldplay ballads such as “Us Against the World,” helping to ensure that global domination will continue.

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Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto album cover