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when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
The Guardian SEPTEMBER 4, 2011 - by Luke Bainbridge
COLDPLAY: MYLO XYLOTO
"I always feel like each record is our last," says Chris Martin of Coldplay's fifth album and first since 2008's Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, "but at the moment I'm in the stage where I really mean it." Mylo Xyloto was recorded at their own studio in Hampstead and, like its predecessor, produced by Markus Dravs and Rik Simpson, with Brian Eno taking a higher-profile role, in what the band call "enoxification".
"For this album, Brian's more of a collaborative writer than a producer," drummer Will Champion told Q. "He was with us more in the early stages when the songs were being created... even when he's not in the building, he leaves his aura around for inspiration. Brian is a great sower of seeds whereas Markus is the farmer."
Much of the album has been previewed at festivals such as Coachella and Glastonbury, from the terribly named Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall and its unapologetically ebullient rave intro, to Charlie Brown, a trademark U2-lite song that aims to speak to everyone. Other tracks include the acoustic Us Against The World, and the mawkish, Springsteen-esque Hurts Like Heaven: "You use your heart as a weapon, and it hurts like heaven".
They say: "I suppose the theme would be letting loose musically; louder drums, louder guitars, more contrast. We wanted to contain as many interesting ideas as we could fit into forty-two and a half minutes" - guitarist Jonny Buckland.