It seems like Coldplay has tailored its recent album, Mylo Xyloto, even more to an arena setting than their last album, Viva la Vida. It’s an explosion of distorted glammy synths and I/IV/V chords and steady dance beats and Chris Martin reaching up octaves to belt out eminently sing-along-able choruses with a “oh’s” and “whoa’s.” And it’s great.
But let’s just compare and contrast:
Then (“Careful Where You Stand” from Parachutes B-Side, 2000):
Now (“Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” from Mylo Xyloto, 2011):