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Third Time's A Charm?

ColdplayU.K. rock act Coldplay looks to achieve worldwide dominance on its third studio album, "X&Y," due this week via Capitol. First single "Speed of Sound" has already reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The set will be supported by an extensive tour schedule that will reach North America in early August.

Coldplay blew up worldwide on the strength of its 2002 sophomore set, "A Rush of Blood to the Head," and much of the music on the new album seems crafted for maximum impact to large live audiences. The set opens with "Square One," a dark, pounding tune that bristles with energy and will likely become a concert favorite.

"White Shadows" sports a danceable beat and a taste of frontman Chris Martin's vocal acrobatics, while the peppy, vaguely menacing "Low" seems primed for arena airplay. "Twisted Logic," which at first recalls the measured midtempo rock of Radiohead circa "The Bends," also features a swelling finish.

But there are plenty of Coldplay's now patented anthemic ballads, such as the piano-driven "What If?," where the lines of each verse begin with the titular question. Drumless for its majority, "Fix You" builds to a multi-tracked vocal conclusion and a solo piano outtro. Martin pledges to uplift the listener at times "when you try your best but you don't succeed / when you get what you want but not what you need."