A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
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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.