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Coldplay 'liberated' by 'X&Y' criticism

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Coldplay 'liberated' by 'X&Y' criticism

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Coldplay’s Chris Martin has revealed that negative critical reaction to their last album X&Y left him feeling "liberated".

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Martin said that he took particular notice of the New York Times's critique.

"It was a big deal. It's the first real attack on your band, and from a publication we all respect," he said.

"I agreed with a lot of the points... so, in a way, it was liberating to see that someone else realised that also. And there is something glamorous to me in taking a bit of a beating and keeping on going."

Martin added that Viva La Vida producer Brian Eno was brutally honest when describing the band’s faults.

He said: "[Eno] goes: 'Your songs are too long and you're too repetitive, and you use the same tricks too much, and big things aren't necessarily good things, and you use the same sounds too much, and your lyrics are not good enough.' He broke it down."

> Click here for our review of Coldplay's new album

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