Breaking up the album are a few short tracks that prelude others, acting as music foreplay to prep listeners for songs to follow. Such is the case with M.M.I.X as it leads into Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.
They don't fall into the trap of simply repeating themselves by including a hybridised Rock/R&B track with Rihanna called Princess of China. Coupling the twoâ€”almost antitheticalâ€”genres could've resulted in travesty, but somehow their differences complement one another, giving rock more bass while its R&B counterpart benefits from a smoother, acoustic melody.
The impressionable Up In Flames also benefits from R&B attitude with the same poignant bass lining the gaping piano presence, all tied together with Martin's saddened voice.
Don't Let it Break Your Heart comes closest to replicating the old Coldplay magic found in Fix You and Yellow, although not as deep. With a quicker pace and the universal empathy that stems from broken hearts, it's arguably the track that'll have fellow commuters catching you sing out loud.
To conclude what is meant to be an enigmatic step forward for the band is Up with the Birds which brings to mind Ray Charles' What a Wonderful World. Slow and mellow, it does its part as an album filler but probably won't be the track left on repeat.
By the album's end you learn that Mylo Xyloto must be synonymous with "not their best." It might not be an anthology of their best tracks, but even ordinary Coldplay is still pretty darn good.