I have a question and perhaps, I stand alone on this one.
Do you like the new Coldplay album?
My view on their new album Mylo Xyloto is leans neither towards dislike or like, and that maybe due to the fact they’ve gone a little too mainstream for my liking. But let’s face it. Coldplay has been accepted as sub-mainstream since their first debut album, Parachutes(2000). Ever since it won Grammys, fans and haters would have already regarded them as the new U2.
Now, if you’re a U2 fan, please refrain from being offended. I am not comparing Coldplay to U2 in terms of music, but by the fact that they’ve gained acceptance from the public because they simply have decent music to listen to. And considering that popular music at that time was fuelled by bubblegum pop, R’n’B and alternative rock, I suppose Coldplay was regarded as a breath of fresh air to the public. Chris Martins’ coos and the mellow soft-rock would obviously gain acceptance from young adults.
And let’s face it. Parachutes is a remarkable album. I still get chills whenever I listen to it. Their follow-up, A Rush of Blood To The Head(2002) was also another remarkable album with In My Place, Clocks and the ever heart-warming, The Scientist.
Their third album, X&Y(2005) received mixed reviews. Coldplay fans either loved it or regarded it as not one of Coldplay’s best. Personally, I thought it was a decent album. Their approach towards synthesizers was not too heavy, and the album still contained some of their good-old trademark sounds that you recognize from Parachutes. Although Speed of Sound was great song, but I fell in love with X&Y because of ‘Til Kingdom Come. The track is absolutely poetry and it sort of reminds you a little bit of a song by Bob Dylan. The song was initially written to perform with Johnny Cash, but unfortunately, he had passed. The story behind the song, only makes it even more bittersweet.
Go on. Take a listen and pour your heart out!
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, the band’s fourth studio album didn’t really entice as much as it should. I received comments that the album was the bands peak. Maybe it was, but since Viva la Vida, I slowly drifted away from Coldplay and their popularity. Mylo Xyloto, even. The saddest part, I never even bothered to listen to one single from the album.
Coldplay needs to revisit their old side. Before before they collaborated with Rihanna, and before Chris Martin met Gwyneth. I want another Parachutes. Or another Rush of Blood to the Head. I want those nerds who have just graduated from university from humble beginnings to give us another rendition of Parachutes. Seriously.
Coldplay – Shiver (Parachutes, 2000)
Coldplay – Everything’s Not Lost (Parachutes, 2000)
Coldplay – Green Eyes (A Rush of Blood to the Head, 2002)
Coldplay – What If (X&Y, 2005)