White Shadows

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For the 1923 film often known by this title, see The White Shadow (film).
"White Shadows"
Single by Coldplay
from the album X&Y
Released 8 June 2007
Recorded 2005
Genre Alternative rock
Length 5:28
Label Parlophone, EMI, Capitol
Writer(s) Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin
Producer(s) Ken Nelson, Coldplay
Coldplay singles chronology
"The Hardest Part"
"White Shadows"
"Violet Hill"

"White Shadows" is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It is the third track on their third studio album X&Y (2005) and released as the sixth overall single from the album on 8 June 2007. The song was co-produced by the band and their long-time producer Ken Nelson, while it was engineered by Rich Costey. "White Shadows" also features musical contributions by Brian Eno, who plays synthesizers on the track.[1]


In September 2006, it was announced through a question and answer section on Coldplay's official website that "White Shadows" would be the fifth single released from X&Y in Australia; this would have been the sixth song overall to be released from the album, followed by "The Hardest Part" and "What If".[2] Weeks later, it was reported on the band's official message board that releases of both "White Shadows" and a DVD of a June 2006 performance in Toronto had been cancelled.[2] No reasons were ever given.[2] Although "White Shadows" was not released as a worldwide single, the song was released as a single in Mexico in June 2007 to coincide with the Latin American leg of their Twisted Logic Tour.[3] It subsequently peaked at number 87 on the Mexican Singles Chart.[2] The song was also released to radio in Italy.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

"White Shadows" received generally positive reviews from music critics. David Browne of Entertainment Weekly wrote that the line "part of a system I am, I am" from the chorus is a reference to the band's "celestial" sound.[4] Michael Hubbard of MusicOMH assumed that the "system" referred to in the song was "Capitalism ... with fair trade fluffiness attached", commenting that Chris Martin does not write songs for a "specialist audience".[5] Adrien Begrand of PopMatters described "White Shadows" as "terrific" and noted that it "draw[s] slightly from Berlin-era David Bowie".[6]


Chart (2007) Peak
Mexican Singles Chart[2] 87


  1. ^ X&Y (liner notes). Coldplay. Parlophone. 2005. 07243 474786 2 8. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Special Releases: White Shadows". ColdplayZone. Archived from the original on 16 June 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Oracle". Coldplay. 20 May 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Browne, David (13 June 2005). "X&Y (2005)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Hubbard, Michael (6 June 2005). "Coldplay – X&Y". MusicOMH. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Begrand, Adrien (6 June 2006). "Coldplay: X&Y". PopMatters. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 

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