June 6, 2013 - submitted by Ben , United Kingdom

Q. Dear Oracle,

As I'm sure many coldplayers have, I have just listened through Mylo Xyloto in order and it made me wonder, when producing an album, do they write/record/produce the songs in order or do they do them separately then slot them in?

Thanks in advance Oracle! :) x

The Oracle replies:

I'm not sure how many others have wondered the same but you're the first to ask, Ben.
They don't write, record or produce the songs sequentially. The tracklisting is a vital part of the decision making but an album isn't in order of which songs were written first.
Obviously when they're at the demo stage, they will record a song as it's born to get it down but that has no bearing on a finished album.