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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…

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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.