18 oracle items tagged as album
February 12, 2014 / submitted by Grace, Australia
Q.  Hello Oracle!! :D
How are you? I hope you're well!! My question is: Which album was the hardest to make. I understand that every album has its long hours where you probably feel sick of the sight of seeing instruments , but did the boys find one album harder? Perhaps Parachutes being their first, or MX because it was a completely new wave of material for the band.
Thanks Oracle!

The short answer is X&Y.

Parachutes got off to a tough start as they began working with a producer who just wasn't right for them so they had to start again. Once they "found" Ken Nelson, things went pretty smoothly for a debut record.
There was a fair amount of pressure recording the follow up, A Rush Of Blood to the Head. Not just because an artist's second album is often notoriously called the Difficult Second Album but the sessions produced a lot of new material - written and demoed. The band decided to push the release date back to get it right.
X&Y was the most difficult for a number of reasons mostly down to many changes. The major one being Phil was on hiatus and they really felt the huge gap he left behind. Without him, they drifted a little.
Phil's return and the set up of The Bakery & Beehive for Viva & MX has certainly made the process easier. Hurrah!

September 23, 2013 / submitted by SG, United Kingdom
Q.  Thanks for your excellent work Oracle I wonder if you could clarify has Chris relocated to LA for a while?
How will this affect recording the next album? Will the other guys move out there too or will he commute back to London?

As you may know, I'm not keen on commenting on any personal aspects but the work part is something you need not worry about. As far as I know Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol lives (at times) in the U.S. and that works for both his bands. It doesn't really matter to be honest.
When a band tours, they're all in the same place at the same time. Writing & recording can be done in various ways - here, there, anywhere. It's all good.

September 10, 2013 / submitted by Patrick, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,

I have a question about two of Coldplay's album covers. For A Rush of Blood, I either see the cover with the band and title written sideways or I see it without any writing at all. For Mylo Xyloto, sometimes it is shown with MX on a plain gray background or I see the one with the colorful background with Mylo Xyloto written out. Wouldn't it be better marketing to have one, universal cover for an album, such as with Parachutes or X&Y?

Thanks for your time!

As far as I know, there is only 1 official sleeve per album. Sometimes there may be a slight difference for limited editions, tour editions etc.
The Mylo album did have a choice of 2 covers from the 1 booklet. You could pick which image you wanted on show by reversing it.

August 28, 2013 / submitted by Sriram, Singapore
Q.  Am I allowed to name the album that I am making Random Acts..?

Ha ha ha, I see what you're doing, Sriram. Nice try. Yes, you can if you want to...

August 19, 2013 / submitted by Jerri, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle! :)
Okay what does LP6 mean? It's been driving me nuts that I haven't figured it out yet!
And I'm a huge fan of Coldplay, since I was 5 (I'm 13 now), and I would DIE if I got a shoutout from Chris Martin or even better, the whole band! This really isn't just your ordinary fangirl type of thing, believe me.
Thanks! :)

LP is short for long player and a long player is an album. When you see LP6, it refers to the 6th album - of which there is no news right now despite any rumours.

March 28, 2011 / submitted by Estelle, France
Q.  Hi Oracle!

I have a question: why do the Coldplay's albums contain just 10-11 songs? Though the group record a lot of pieces during the recording... It's a great pity!

Thanks for your answer! I can't wait for the 5th album!!!

10 tracks per album is the average number for all acts though Estelle. Just because a band records more doesn't mean they should be included. In my honest opinion there are artists who think that ten random songs make an album but I feel that an album is so much more than that. To me it's a body of work that is similar to a novel in that it has a beginning, a middle and an end.
It's sad to say that in a few years b-sides may not be necessary but at the moment those surplus songs can be used as the extra tracks released with singles.

March 1, 2011 / submitted by Nils, Germany

Is this the truth??

"I think Chris Martin is fooling around everyone about what Coldplay has done for LP5 until now. For example, "SONG TITLE EDITED" is evidently in the album and it's a precise song.
People, these are the only real facts you must know about the new LP:

a) The album is completely recorded since December. Band is still choosing the songs amongst those done and presenting them to EMI to make the final tracklisting.

b) The schedule is that NAME EDITED and/or NAME EDITED will mix the selected songs around March

c) The album will be out in May 2011

Take my words for granted, and keep them for the record, whenever these news will be confirmed."

Firstly let me just explain why I have edited the question...
There is a lot of speculation surrounding details of the 5th album - of course that's to be expected - but as you know anything other than what we report here, via Anchorman and Roadie #42, is probably just hearsay.
What I can tell you about the post you found regarding the "facts" is that they're not true.
The album was not finished in December, nor is it now. It will not be mixed in March and it will not be released in May.

October 24, 2008 / submitted by Hector, United States of America
Q.  Who came up with the album cover of Coldplays 2nd album, A Rush of Blood to the Head? It's amazing.

The cover is the creation of Norwegian artist Solve Sundsbo.