January 20, 2009, 6:34 pm
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excellent video for an average song.

Viva !
July 21, 2008, 10:09 am
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I’ve listened to the new album many times now and can safely say that I like it.

I was never a big fan of Coldplay but, as I said it in a previous post, I’ve always respected their role in the music scene : bring the underground forward to the mainstream. They do it again here, by having an album full of rather progressive songs that are somwhat demanding from the audience, especially if you consider how easy to listen their previous albums where.

The gem of the album is a song called 42, which manages, in just about 4 minutes, to be a full-blown progressive song, with 5 major switches of feeling/melody/time. Another highlight would be Yes, that suddenly fades out and back in for a whirlwind of niceness. Other highlights include the groovy, RnB influenced Lost? and Violet Hill, the first single off the album.

I’m glad coldplay saved their carreer and I cannot end this post without clearly giving credit to Brian Eno, whose production work on the album is outstanding and who’s influence is felt in every note. He saved coldplay from the abyss they were in after the disastrous X&Y.

Enjoy 42 and Lost! these two songs from a live performance on the daily show…

Some praise for Coldplay…
May 30, 2008, 4:54 pm
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I read this about coldplay today.

[quote] See, they don’t have it in them to be Radiohead, making nice-but-vaguely-difficult records for 30-something £50 Men who want to feel ‘cutting edge’ while only buying one record a year, nor would we want them to. Because they are fantastic at what they do, ie sneaking alternative culture into the nation’s subconscious while pretending to be dinner party music.[end quote]

I have always thought that coldplay’s music, eventhough it is totally mainstream , is a dumbed down, sugar-candied version of interesting indie rock; and I believe that their success collaborated in large to make indie rock more accessible to the mainstream public. They ease them in : It’s like slowly entering a pool of cold or hot water. Slowly…. to avoid being shocked ! Which is why I will always respect them and their contribution to the industry, but not necessarily like their music.

Album comes out in 3 weeks. We’ll see what I have to say then.

Violet Hill
May 2, 2008, 10:57 pm
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liberty leads the people

Best (1st) single from coldplay in years : it’s fresh, exciting, and totally coldplay !
It’s literally the opposite of what Speed of sound was (a dull, self-plagiaristic single).
gotta love the buzzy guitars, the fuckin’ awesome solo, the high-pitched chorus melody and the almost emotionless piano.

In the end, it delivers what is expected of coldplay : a pop, catchy rock tune, with a few hints of originality. I don’t go to coldplay for originality. I go expecting a solid pop song.

That being said, the song could’ve been more soulful and I could’ve lived without the 40 second intro.

This being the 1st single off this album, it promises edgier content for the other tracks (the first single is usually the “poppier”-radio-friendly song off the album). I have high hopes for that fourth album. I was very dissapointed by the previous two.