Mylo Xyloto

 
Pop-rock concept record about love is OK for tweens, teens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Somewhat bleak messages about loneliness and difficult times, though the album ends on a high note: "Good things are coming our way."

Positive role models

The record is mostly an open exploration of emotional ups and downs -- though a couple of songs encourage people to face up to tough problems and make lemons into lemonade.

Violence

The song "Paradise" includes a line about dodging "bullets" (problems).

Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Mylo Xyloto is a very clean album by contemporary pop-rock band Coldplay. None of the songs contain profanity or mature references to subjects like sex, substance use, or violence. Though the overall tone is a bit melancholy and introspective at times, it's still an OK choice for younger tweens and teens.

What's the story?

MYLO XYLOTO is the fifth studio album from pop-rock darlings Coldplay. With this record, the band adheres to the "concept album" idea: Through each of the 14 tracks, the group progressively tells a tale about two people living in a tough environment who meet and fall in love.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Coldplay has a knack for zeroing in on an extremely catchy hook and building an entire song around it, which they do with several songs on this record, including "Major Minus" and "Princess of China" (with pretty guest vocals by Rihanna). The band should release more of these catchy songs as singles, since they're better by far than the album's singles to date like "Paradise" and "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about "concept albums" (albums that follow a story or theme) like Mylo Xyloto and how they differ from other records. Do you think that following a storyline makes an album stronger? Why or why not?

  • How do you think Coldplay could have made Mylo Xyloto's story stronger or more meaningful?

Music details

Artist:Coldplay
Release date:October 24, 2011
Type:Album
Label:EMI
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 12 years old June 4, 2013
age 11+
 

Oh me goodness...

In Paradise, it teaches you to believe. In Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, it teaches you to make the best of everything. THE ALBUM IS INCREDIBLE. Totally Coldplay
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old February 10, 2013
age 10+
 

MYLO XYLOTO: An ingenious idea spun into a grand masterpiece

Telling an ingenious story of love & war in the Orwellian world of Silencia, MYLO XYLOTO has to be Coldplay's most clever album yet, as it takes on the premise of spinning a tale much like The Who did with TOMMY. Producing a wide range of music from the R&B-like styles of "Princess of China" to the guitar-filled vibes of "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall", this has to be Coldplay's greatest idea yet. From the amount of recognition each and every single has gotten to the new electronic direction the band has begun to take, there's no excuse not to listen to this great 14-song masterpiece. If you don't correspond with the messages of the music well, you can even purchase and read a graphic novel version of the album's story!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old May 15, 2012
age 2+
 

Very Good Album

Before this album I really didn't care about Coldplay, Now I love it. If you are thinking about getting Mylo Xyloto CD get it. Its very clean for all ages.

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