Coldplay Are Pretty Much What You Expect At This Point

Apr 29th, 2008 // 8 Comments

coldplayViolethillcover.jpgARTIST: Coldplay
TITLE: “Violet Hill”
WEB DEBUT: April 29, 2008

ONE-LISTEN VERDICT: Maybe with Kanye making Coldplay songs now, Chris Martin et al had to come up with a new gambit–but having Brian Eno behind the boards hasn’t resulted in the band’s Another Green World, if this single is any indication. The song is a quick blur, with a slightly edgier guitar sound than I assumed the band was capable of and a strange, angsty falsetto during what passes for its chorus. Then before you know it, all you’re hearing is Chris and the piano. If this is what all of Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends is going to sound like, it’s going to make for a tedious listening experience–especially for an audience on the lookout for the next “Clocks.” My wife, who is (admittedly) the sensitive British rock band fan of our household, liked it a bit more than I did, but she did say that she missed what she called the “layered subtlety” of their previous work.

Coldplay [Official site]


  1. recidivicious

    I thought “tedious listening experience” was a given.

  2. KinetiQ

    Let me guess – another album filled with the blandest of generic brit pop, identical to their other albums.

    Can’t wait till it’s tearing up the charts.

  3. DavidWatts

    Your wife likes Coldplay.

  4. Anonymous

    I clicked on this posting simply to point out that no way in hell am I listening to a Coldplay song.

    Not after the BRUTAL listening experience that was HARD CANDY this morning.

  5. Jasonbob7

    I’m not a big Coldplay fan…I find them tolerable and middle-of-the-road. That said, I actually enjoyed this song. Give it a chance, you might like it.

    Oh wait, I forgot. Idolator “hates everything”. My bad!

  6. tenners

    After suffering through Hard Candy over the weekend, Coldplay will be a piece of cake.

  7. Poubelle

    I see they’ve jumped from Romantic art to Abstract Expressionism, visually. Musically, they’ve jumped from dull to boring.

  8. Anonymous

    Eno’s really tarnishing his image with this one. Definitely damaging my long-running “that guy should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” argument. Good thing that he’s getting back to working with David Byrne, then.

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