I did like Rush of Blood and Parachutes, but never was a huge Coldplay fan. I just can't stand Chris Martin's growing infatuation with his screetching falsetto. It amazed me that "Fix You" became a single...it should make the dogs howl.
I was actually looking forward to X&Y, and very disappointed. Then the media machine kicked in and Coldplay (and Martin's scowling mug) was everywhere. It did work - sales were high for a bit - but a lot of people got sick of them.