Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto (2011)
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- Mylo Xyloto
- Hurts Like Heaven
- Charlie Brown
- Us Against the World
- Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall
- Major Minus
- Princess of China
- Up in Flames
- A Hopeful Transmission
- Don't Let It Break Your Heart
- Up with the Birds
Mylo Xyloto is the fifth studio album by British rock band Coldplay. It was first released on 19 October 2011, by EMI Music Japan, and in other countries beginning on 21 October by Parlophone; it was later released on 25 October in the United States, by Capitol Records. The band collaborated closely with acclaimed producer Brian Eno following their successful collaborations on Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, the band’s fourth studio album.
Mylo Xyloto is a concept album and a thematic rock opera. The album tells the story of a war against sound and colour by a supremacist government, set in the world of Silencia, an Orwellian society. Silencia has been overtaken by a government led by Major Minus, who controls the population through media and propaganda. His aim is to take sound and colour off the streets in hope to draw away “feeders”, creatures that use such energy to hunt its prey. The album follows Mylo, a “silencer”, a soldier in an army tasked to hunt and track down “sparkers”, people who harness light and energy and use it to create sparks, comparable to graffiti in real life. He encounters Xyloto, the sparker most wanted by Major Minus. Through Xyloto, Mylo discovers his sparker abilities and his affiliation with the Car Kids, a major sparker faction founded by Mylo’s parents, Aiko and Lela. Drummer Will Champion has noted that the album is a story of the characters “falling in love and trying to escape together”, with a general theme of “love conquering all”.
Mylo Xyloto received mixed to positive reviews from music critics, with a score of 65/100 on Metacritic. While some found it to be overproduced, others praised its uplifting tone and new electronic sound. “Paradise” and “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” received a total of three Grammy Award nominations in 2012, while the album and “Charlie Brown” received two further Grammy nominations in 2013. Internationally, Mylo Xyloto charted at number one in 34 countries. In the United Kingdom, Mylo Xyloto became Coldplay’s fifth album to debut at number one, selling 208,000 units in its first week, and setting a one-week digital sales record with 83,000 copies sold. Mylo Xyloto broke an iTunes record for digital downloads sales by selling over 500,000 digital copies in a week. (Adele’s 25 album topped this record in 2015.) Mylo Xyloto became Coldplay’s third album to debut at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 447,000 units in its first week of sales. It was the UK’s best-selling rock album of 2011, selling 908,000 copies. As of 2013, it has sold over 8 million copies worldwide.