Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
Its been nearly 4 years since I walked the streets of London and realized how large of a marketing force was behind popular band, and a reminder of how influential the band Coldplay had become. At every corner and on every radio station, Viva La Vida was broadcast to the senses.
Fast forward a few years and Coldplay is as influential as ever. Mylo Xyloto is Coldplay's latest album, due to be released October 24th, 2011. It's probably their most accessible album yet. It combines the production slickness of Viva La Vida (welcome back Brian Eno) with the emotion and power of their older records. The years of writing Chris Martin style pop songs has paid off and the writing is getting better, not worse. While they're not switching anything up, they're definitely in the process of perfecting their art.
Standout tracks include Hurts Like Heaven, Charlie Brown, Us Against the World, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, and Up With the Birds.