Sound — 10
Well it's a complete turn around yet its Coldplay. Johnny Buckland has delved into the big "stadium" type rock riffs The Edge style that really can shake your bones like those on "White Shadows" and "Talk." Chris still hits the right chords on the piano and on the title track "Speed Of Sound" he displays how less is more. As for his voice, its range is amazing. He hits the high and low ones on every song especially "Fix You." Bassist Guy Berryman still gives the song the lower drive but unfortunately we don't hear the great bass rifts like on "Daylight" from Rush. The biggest innovation is Will Champion the drummer. He has made full use of his kit this time around from a Sunday Bloody Sunday type sound on Square one to a dance feeling on White Shadows to plain big drumming on Fix You. Their sound is Coldplay yet its more now-Speed Of Sound is the improvement of the huge Clocks and that riff on Talk is, for me, the biggest sound innovation in the band-it's big and it's rock!
Lyrics — 10
Chris outshines himself. He sings with deep emotion about his confusion in his life and in the world, about love about not loving, about music and never too much that you know exactly what he means. His voice is as flexible as any out there and while not the most powerful is the only voice that could fit Coldplay.
Overall Impression — 10
"Talk" is the track off this album. Used partly from the band Kraftwork it is a huge leap forward for the band. It is Joshua Tree-only better! Each track takes you with it as it builds into an anthemic piece of history. Just when you think Fix You will be a slow ballad like The Scientist the most amazing riff kicks in and the song ends on a huge note. If you love Coldplay you will not be disappointed! This is their best out of the lot and will be a hard act to follow up if at all possible. Listen to: Square One, White Shadows, Fix You, Talk, Speed Of Sound and Low.