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]