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Mylo Xyloto - Coldplay 18/04/2012

My, my, Xyloto

Mylo Xyloto - Coldplay In recent years I have often expressed a strong dislike for Coldplay. I found their music too depressing, or too slow, or too dull - is what I would have said. Then 'Viva la Vida' came out, and somewhere in my mind I started to enjoy their music, but I ignored any notion that told me I was starting to like them. Then the oncoming storm of 'Mylo Xyloto' began, and I found I had 'Paradise' stuck in my head for weeks, constantly on repeat on the mp3. When the album got released, I decided to give it a chance and found myself somewhat delighted by what I hear. Chris Martin himself has described it as a sort of concept album, describing the meeting and developing relationship of two people - Mylo, and Xyloto. The album begins with a mystical sort of intro that then blends into 'Hurts Like Heaven' which will inevitably get you up and dancing before the first track is over. Next comes the top-selling hit, 'Paradise' followed by recent single 'Charlie Brown', giving the album a bombastic, but very enjoyable start. As the tracks go on, there's a couple of other ones that stick out to me such as 'Major Minus' and 'Princess of China' (I'm not a Rihanna fan, but this is a good collaboration) that sort of echo the style of 'Viva la Vida' times, while at the same time they do seem to be reaching out to the mainstream more. There are a couple of slow tracks, and a few intermission pieces littered throughout the album but, overall, it is extremely fun, to say the least - and that is not ...

Apple iPod nano 16 GB 6th Generation 27/02/2012

Small, but mighty - and even more fun to use than before!

Apple iPod nano 16 GB 6th Generation After my 3rd generation Nano died on me I was stuck using my unreliable, low-on-memory-space phone for music for months, so was thrilled when I received the latest Nano for Christmas! The first thing to draw my attention to it was how much the Nano had decreased in size from before, now being so small it can fit snugly in the palm of your hand. However, I find this to be a great advantaged as it means you can fit it anywhere and it won't take up much room. Likewise, with the added clip on the back and the Nike+ programme within it, its small size makes it comfortable to wear when exercising. The screen quality is very good with sharp, clear colours and options to change the background and arrange which functions will appear on your home screen. I find the sound quality is roughly the same as the previous Nano, if not just slightly more quiet, but then this usuallly differs with the quality of headphones you are using. The only real disadvantage to this Nano is that, because the screen is so small, it can sometimes be difficult to scroll (up, down, left and right) - even for someone with small fingers - and it does mean that, when choosing a particular song, it can take a while to either scroll down the list of songs you have, or to pick the letter category that your song of choice falls under. For some reason, this Nano lacks the simple 'Search' function where you could type in letters and it would find the song that fits the combination, and that is perhaps something the ...
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