Sound — 5
Problems ensue as the band doesn't do anything new with the sound. Still the low-end bass sounds are more resonant than the higher parts. The band delves deep into a space-like territory. The guitars are great in key songs. The break in "Talk" makes the song. But overall the songs are bland. "Fix You" might be one of Coldplay's best songs but it's the only song on this album that's due for repeat listening.
Lyrics — 1
The lyrics are trite. Anybody can write this stuff.
Overall Impression — 3
With better lyrics, this cd would have been better. But it's not all Chris Martin's fault. The songs go nowhere. "The Hardest Part" makes an attempt to be different but ends up sounding like a Keane outtake. "What If" has the blandest lyrics of the all, "What if there was no wrong... no right?" Even Martin has admitted that his shit stinks to high heavens as far as lyricism goes. They buckle underneath the pressure of trying to be the next U2. If you want good Coldplay, look to A Rush Of Blood to the Head. But this is not good Coldplay, this is substandard mediocre stuff that yuppies like. Huge disappointment.