X & Y

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
X & Y Music Poster Image
Message music for this millennium.
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 18 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Playing good music because you love it? The best role model there is.

Violence

No obvious violent imagery.

Sex

No blatant sexuality here.

Language

Language is appropriate for all ages.

Consumerism

Nothing offensive.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing obvious.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Coldplay delivers visceral rock and roll without relying on profanity, sexism, or images of violence.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChariot April 9, 2008
Adult Written byphoenixholly11 April 9, 2008
Teen, 14 years old Written byquertydog April 9, 2008

This is amazing...

Amazing CD, amazing CD. This band actually surprised me when I first listened to some of their songs. No swearing, no depictions of sex or violence, except poss... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old October 18, 2009

x&y- YAY!

I love Coldplay! It's hard to find music that bears both cleanliness and amazing quality, but this falls right in there! Fix You is an amazing song, by th... Continue reading

What's the story?

Coldplay's eagerly awaited third album, X & Y, delivers a powerful message. Unlike U2, a band to which they are sometimes compared, the message isn't political per se (though the liner notes do contain links to a number of world-saving Web sites), but is radical nonetheless. Coldplay produces exciting, emotional, powerful rock & roll without relying on the almost-standard-issue crutches of sexism, violence, profanity, or shock value. Creativity, charm, and musical excellence are the secret weapons on X & Y, and they pack a wallop.

Is it any good?

Melodies can be predictable and the lyrics are not over-the-top brilliant. But the whole X & Y package ends up being irresistible anyway. Chris Martin sings and plays piano with a passion that can't be faked, backed by his three excellent and tasteful band mates.Guitar hero Jon Buckland, bass player Guy Berryman, and drummer Will Champion complement the lead vocals with consistently solid rhythm tracks and exquisite guitar work. Don't forget to check out the hidden track, "Til Kingdom Come," written in honor of Johnny Cash, or the minimalist insert that lists causes important to the band. Over all, passion and taste rule the day, and that can't be a bad thing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about (and young musicians will be inspired by) X & Y's creativity and musicianship.

Music details

  • Artist: Coldplay
  • Release date: June 14, 2005
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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