As Coldplay enter the final lap of recording their fourth album, they’re mindful of previous pre-release proclamations of greatness - such as, “Our next album is going to be the greatest piece of music ever made,” uttered by Chris Martin towards the end of the campaign for 2005’s 12 million-selling X&Y.
Flopping onto a sofa in the band’s own North London studio, The Bakery, a twitchy Martin is now hell-bent on, “avoiding hyperbole. We’ll keep it factual.”
The band have been working on X&Y’s successor since the summer of 2006. A few months into the process veteran producer Brian Eno and his right-hand man. Markus Dravs, came on board as producers. Eno had known Coldplay for a while [he contributed “bubbling synthesizer” to X&Y’s Low], and has a track record of pushing big bands beyond their comfort zones and helping them locate a new direction, most famously with U2’s The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby.
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