COLDPLAY X&Y

COLDPLAY X&Y

COLDPLAY X&Y

Whenever you have the president of a major record label saying that his band’s new album is “the event release of 2005” and “showcases the group at the peak of their powers,” it means one of two things: A) The CD is life-changing and you’re likely to tattoo its title onto your arm, or B) It’s just another ho-hum, heard-it-all-before record from yet another group the music business hopes will ignite a fiscal turnaround for its fledgling industry. But those were the exact words used by Capitol Records honcho Andrew Slater to describe Coldplay’s summer release of X&Y. To which category X&Y belongs remains to be seen so far. What we do know, however, is that the Brit-pop foursome will need a ferocious release if they’re ever to be regarded as anything more than a poor man’s Radiohead or “that band with the lead singer who’s married to what’s-her-name.”

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