This album had a lot to live up to seeing as X&Y is one of my personal favourites, and it doesn't disappoint. I do think you have to listen to it a few times to get used to the tracks, and then you'll find it an enjoyable album to listen too. It is typical Coldplay music which some may find a bit same-y, but I think it's great and the instrumental 'Life in Technicolor' is a great opening track.
Pre ordered it and was very excited but wasn't sure the first couple of times I listened but I am now hooked and love it. Last few tracks definitely the best and I love Death and All his Friends most of all. The thing about Coldplay is that although the band would not be successful without Chris Martin, he would not be successful without his band - the music is excellent. A really professional, intelligent band who are obviously passionate about their music and their critics could not deny that!