LONDON (Reuters) – You may not understand the title of Coldplay’s new album let alone be able to pronounce it, but ‘Mylo Xyloto’ is a name music fans may have to get used to as the group launches a fresh assault on the world’s charts.
The English quartet’s fifth studio album hits shelves in Britain on Monday and the United States on Tuesday, and early critical response is mostly positive for a record aided and “enoxified” by Brian Eno.
Judging by comments made during a blitz of interviews to publicize the album, Coldplay could do with a little love, something that might seem strange given their success.
Their last record, ‘Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends,’ was released in 2008 and went on to become that calendar year’s top-selling album at 6.8 million copies.
The one before that, ‘X & Y’, claimed the same honour in 2005, shifting 8.3 million copies globally.
They are one of the world’s biggest bands, have multiple Grammys and album sales of around 50 million to their name.
Yet that has not shielded the unusually unassuming rock stars from criticism that tends to focus on their clean-cut “middle class” image and music that naysayers label as “bland” and “Radiohead-lite.”
Guitarist Joe Satriani also sued the band, alleging that their chart-topping and award-winning “Viva La Vida” contained elements of his “If I Could Fly.” The two sides reportedly settled out of court in late 2009.
“We got to a very low place on the last record where we felt not very popular,” lead singer Chris Martin told the Sun tabloid.
“But it was refreshing as it made us start from scratch. A clean slate. So many people had made up their minds about us already that we had nothing to lose.”