A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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?
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."
Talk to your kids 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?
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