Mylo Xyloto Parlophone 3/5 A week after Coldplay released their world-conquering fourth album, ‘Viva la Vida’, (9 million sold and counting) they received a letter from the record’s co-producer – Brian Eno. It said, ‘Dear Coldplay, I really think we’ve made a good record here. But I do think we can do a lot better.’ Way to p*** on their parade Eno! But Coldplay are humble, polite, hard-working guys. They made a mental note: We’ll do better next time. After a three-year gap, Coldplay return with a quasi-concept album, ‘A love story set in an Orwellian dystopia’. Much of this album delivers just what we’ve come to expect from the quartet: ‘Hurts Like Heaven’, ‘Charlie Brown’ and ‘Paradise’ are all soul-swelling singalongs with shimmering guitars and (occasional) synth and string embellishments. But on the sappily titled single ‘Every Tear Is a Waterfall’ and ‘Don’t Let It Break Your Heart’, their relentless bombast is simply exhausting. It’s a relief to hear the pared-down ‘Us Against the World’ and ‘Up in Flames’ which, with its metronome beat, finds Martin fragile but uplifted. Unsurprisingly, the album’s greatest departure is the stuttered ‘Princess of China’.