No surface noise at all, but it's the first record I've bought that I noticed sounded "bad" - flat, lacking depth and dynamics, and very notable sibilance - especially on the quiet parts of "Spies." So I tested against other formats with inconclusive results. The CD and Spotify 320 kbps sounded less clipped and sibilant on "Spies," but also thinner on bass/drums/low end. Went back to the vinyl and decided it sounded best of the three playing in the background across the room. There's heavy sibilance on "Spies" in all the versions, so maybe that's just how Chris Martin sang it.
I recently upgraded my cart and tried playing albums that had horrible "Ssssssibilance" to see if anything changed. This record immediately came to mind... The sound quality improved by a lot, however the last song on side A suffered a little. This version certainly won't knock your socks off, but it's a decent pressing. It's Coldplay after all lol.
Clean heavy flat record with a lot of surface noise. No tape hiss on track A3 so probably a digital sourced master. This pressing can sound good if you DO NOT listen to any other pressing. It is not dynamic and there is a lot of saturation.
You guys must either be playing this album on a Crosley or have a bad setup, because this album sounds quite good to me; open and acoustically lush. The only problem I notice is sibilance on certain "S"s, most notably "Spies". However, I don't mind this, as it often shows the analog nature of the recording.