Mylo Xyloto

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Pop-rock concept record about love is OK for tweens, teens.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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 & Representations

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.


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTimidSoul March 28, 2012


This album is a much needed escape from reality. It is beautiful and positive, and Coldplay themselves are incredible musicians that are truly humble, positive... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byDesmay2 January 28, 2020

Great album, CSM misses a LOT of stuff however.

This album is a concept album/'rock opera', meaning it is written like a novel, with every song as a new chapter (think Pink Floyd's 'The Wa... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 4, 2013

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.
Totally Coldpl...

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?

Music details

  • Artist: Coldplay
  • Release date: October 24, 2011
  • Type: Album
  • Label: EMI
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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