Music dominates my life. When I am not playing it, I’m listening to it; on the radio, Spotify, Soundcloud, at live shows, wherever I can hear it! That being said, I regularly miss the memo about certain albums or artists, and start raving about things months or years after everybody else. It doesn’t diminish my enjoyment of the music, but I get some strange looks from people, and comments like, “sure, that was cool” or “where have you been?” So, since I can’t see the looks any of you make, I’d like to share my newest (albeit late to the party) music discovery!
Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto
When I heard the first single, “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall”, back in 2011, I don’t think my brain was ready to process it. I heard a meticulously produced Electro-Rock sound with as many synthetic instruments as organic, and no catchy melody to hook on to. I wasn’t sure why it was on the radio and I was worried that Coldplay had left Rock altogether.
In the end that meticulous production won me over. Although perhaps antithetical to a traditional Rock production philosophy of harnessing raw energy, Brian Eno and Coldplay cultivated some of the most unique and beautiful musical textures throughout this entire album. The balancing of frequencies and mixes are world class, which is no small feat considering the flood of sounds in each song. And, perhaps most importantly, buried underneath Eno’s masterful work are some good ol’ fashion rock tunes. I particularly like “Hurts Like Heaven” and “Charlie Brown”. Those songs, and really the concept album as a whole, house an energetic spirit, vibrant musical textures and a superb production value, which is why I am giving this album a rave review, even if it is two years late!