X & Y

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Message music for this millennium.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 18 reviews

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

Positive Messages

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


No obvious violent imagery.


No blatant sexuality here.


Language is appropriate for all ages.


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 byphoenixholly11 April 9, 2008
Adult Written byChariot April 9, 2008
Teen, 14 years old Written byKmfan97 January 17, 2015

cosplay is awesome.

I've been listening to this and coldplays other albums for as long as I can remember. I even remember watching the music video for fix you when this album... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogMediaLover June 22, 2014

X & Why do people not like Coldplay?

They're pretentious, they're over-produced, bla, bla bla. They're geniuses. I'm doing a project on constructing the perfect song and I worke... 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
  • Last updated: July 28, 2015

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