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Pretty alright to listen to, eh?
Similar sort of music to Snow Patrol/Keane etc, which is attacked by critics/general music fans regularly. Have a few good tunes (mainly the singles). Because they did it first and arguably better it is a lot less uncool to like Coldplay over the aforementioned bands. But then I think both Keane and SP both also have a few good tunes, so i'm wondering whether its just because Coldplay are so fuck-off massive that people need to find praise in at least something they do. Kind of like the opposite of a typical NME hype band these days (the vaccines and the drums went from saviours of rock to universal whipping boys within 2 months due to people trying to pick holes in hype - regardless of whether people thing said bands are shit or not).
to me they're just a contemporary U2 rip-off, but they've cut out all the shit parts of U2's music and released a load of fucking good singles. Not to mention that the production on their stuff is amazing.
Parachutes was a damn good debut.
Rush of Blood is a stone cold classic: not a duff tune on the album. Love it!
The last, okay, maybe not quite to those heights. They do an easy breezy pop that easy for indie-than-thou's to dismiss because they're so popular. I don't buy it. Of all the pop crossovers, former indie darlings Coldplay still do what they do, and they do it well.
Also: while they may yet travel that U2 road to mediocrity, so far they haven't. They're much better than Snow Patrol, and a million times better than Keane. End rant.
to get so defensive. I agree with what you're saying.
But the U2 comparisons were in regards to general sound. 'Lovers In Japan' has U2 all over it, as do a lot of the tunes off the last couple of albums.
not with you. I was aiming my vitriol at aactv and missed. And, actually, I wasn't all that enthusiastic about that. It just came out that way. Sorry, sir, my apologies.
this is one of these horrible ding-dong apology sequences. Let's give each other a reacharound.
Very good live band. Pretty funny guys. Great songwriters. One classic record three decent ones.
Never got the hate really. Though I bet a 21 year old version of myself probably dished some out anyhow...
But I reckon 'Clocks' is a terrible, terrible song.
and has all the elements of a great song, driving melody, great vocal hooks and a tremendous modulation..
Everything they've ever done can be referenced to some earlier, better band. There's nothing original there at all.
they've got some good songs, they not total bell-ends and chris martin isnt even as much of a twat as i think he is.
i think i might actually like them. actually, no i dont.
and had to start writing songs for stadiums. 1st album and most of the 2nd is good stuff though.
They just chose to.
Not so much X&Y, although I don't think it deserved as much of a backlash as it got. Not bothered with anything since. Was very impressed with their show on the X&Y tour as well.
A Rush... is best, also like Parachutes and Viva. X&Y not so much.
They get the stick I reckon because Chris is a bit of a earnest plonker and the Gwyneth thing. All probably a bit unfairly.
But then I also like Snow Patrol. And Travis. And Starsailor. But I pretend they're my wife's music, while I cradle my Godflesh and Slint and Eels CDs.
-A Rush Of Blood To The Head
-Viva La Vida
Not all there songs are great, and Chris can be a public school tosser at times, but there's not many bands who you could get a ten song playlist out of, of that quality. Certainly not Snow Patrol, Keane, et al, and only just Elbow & Doves (considered more trendy). They're not going to change the world, but the criticism of them is occasionally, frankly ludicrous.
I don't know why I missed it off. Yellow however, I've never really liked.
(in an attempt to have a song that was somehow "my" music while also being something my wife and other people liked) so I have to include it.
I heartily disagree, sir or madame (no time to check into your gender, please don't be offended)! IMO, they have loads of quality material that can easily be divided into 10 supejams.
On the subject of the Coldplay choices,'Lost!' is just a rancid, bubbling cauldron of crap. I'm sorry, but the lyrics are just too fucking cringe-inducing to be thought of as a "must hear". 'Clocks' on the other hand, is not necessarily a bad song, but I think I just got burned out from hearing it so much in 2003 (think it was even used in some HBO ad at the time). The rest of what you've chosen is pretty damn good, though, and I will probably compile it as a playlist (excluding the less favorable ones, of course). Good day!
on Spotify with these, and they are much better than I remember. I think I *enjoy* hating them, but damn they've got some great tunes.
Really looking forward to this new album of theirs out next week. The songs Hurts Like Heaven and Charlie Brown are two of the best things they have ever done. Not overly keen on the two singles released so far but the rest I've heard from the festivals sound excellent. Expecting a fantastic pop record in their 5th LP. The Rihanna contribution is unnerving though. She's a good singer but it has "marketing ploy" written all over it!
Still the few reviews that are out for the album have been positive so far. A couple saying it's their best since 2002's A Rush Of Blood To The Head.
Aligning themselves with a hip, young radio-friendly pop-r&b-whatever diva? Just sad IMO. Shit like this always creates such a mental barrier for me - just makes it that much harder to keep giving them a chance.
So... aligning themselves with themselves?
"She's a good singer but it has "marketing ploy" written all over it!"
LOL at taking stabs at Coldplay for """""marketing ploys""""""
Guys, they're like top 5 biggest bands in the world, what do you expect?
I think everyone in this discussion is well aware of their status and pop appeal. What I take issue with is the transparency of collaborating with an artist like Rihanna.
Coldplay are such big American Top 40 R&B fans that they've just been clamoring for a chance to work with her, right? Give me a break. Also, why now? Why didn't they slap Beyonce on 'A Rush of Blood to the Head'? It just seems cheap, convenient and disingenuous to me.
Jay Z and Kanye? Who both live on the same record label as Rihanna?
And it's pretty terrible crap, too.
hadn't already been undermined by the fact that MOTD and others are already raping it for bedding. shame. it is a good song, too.
Probably more accurate
should be easy enough to find
Some of it is actually really really good but then awful cheesy stuff like ETIAW comes along and spoils the mood :(
one of my favourite bands. I only prefer mew, oceansize and idlewild.
From the ridiculous to the sublime, from the sublime to the ridiculous
their 90's and early noughties output is "sublime". Saying otherwise is "ridiculous".
and moff, I find having an enjoyment of many different genre's a gift. I think my ears and I get on very well indeed.
it's not so much the different genres, I don't mind oceansize and enjoyed the first idelwild ep and album, and them live around then. It's just neither (or Mew) struck me as being favourite bands material.
This Coldplay album is the most over-produced they've ever been. Every song...tidied up to within an inch of its life...and you're not left wondering why Eno has a composition credit.