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Coldplay cleans slate with ‘Mylo Xyloto’

Singer Chris Martin’s voice stands out on the more intimate songs of Coldplay’s ‘Mylo Xyloto.’ Singer Chris Martin’s voice stands out on the more intimate songs of Coldplay’s ‘Mylo Xyloto.’ (FELIPE DANA/Associated press)
By James Reed
Globe Staff / October 24, 2011

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“Mylo Xyloto,’’ which was released today, is not the album you put on when you crave a classic Coldplay experience. The fact that five albums in, Coldplay is finally toying with expectations and taking risks is an accomplishment in itself. Working with Brian Eno, who co-produced the album and worked on its predecessor, 2008’s “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends’’, the band considers a pivotal question here: How do you make a big record built on small gestures?

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