So I just downloaded Coldplay's newest album, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, and I am completely impressed.

I have to admit, I was never really convinced with Coldplay. I didn't really understand why so many people raved about them, they were always just "alright" to me. They seemed to be copying U2's signature style and weren't all that great during live performances (at least on TV). I enjoyed X&Y for probably a week and then got really bored. I fell in love with "Til Kingdom Come" not knowing it was Coldplay and then discovered it was originally written for Johnny Cash and probably the reason it didn't sound like anything else in their library.

Then I saw the the infamous itunes commercial with their new single, Viva La Vida, and I turned to the hubs and admitted it was a pretty rad song. As usual, they sounded sub par at the MTV Movie Awards so I was kind of turned off again. This afternoon I decided to download the new album and give it a go and here I am, hitting repeat on the album for the 3rd time. I can't help myself, it's great. They seemed to have found their own sound on this record, no longer sounding overly U2-ish (even though now they seem to sound a little more Beatles-esque).

It can be a little overly dramatic with lengthy epic sounding songs like "Yes!", but I can't really complain. Afterall, I can't say much - I'm a psychotic Smashing Pumpkins fan and we all know how much Billy Corgan loves his 10+ minute epics.

I recommend "Strawberry Swing" and "Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love" - so far they are my favorites. "Life in Technicolor" is also a gorgeous instrumental.

So what do you guys think about Coldplay?


luvyourlife said...

I always really liked Coldplay, yet the only album I have is Live 2003. I've always been impressed with them but have never had anybody to share that with (Brian and everyone else I know don't get the fascination with them either). They do remind me of U2 a lot but that never turned me off of them.
I need to DL that new album, I'm so in love with the single.

Rox said...

I really like Coldplay too, even though my judgement only comes from their first two albums "Parachutes" & "A Rush of blood to the head" I never really even listeneed to the other albums but all the talk about their latest one has me itching to buy it.

Meli said...

Megs - Definitely DL the album.
Maybe I can make you some CD's and snail mail them to you :) It's been awhile <3

Rox - Listen to the newer two, even though they have slowly been evolving, if you liked the first two, I'm sure you'll like the last two. :)

luvyourlife said...

That would be awesome if you send some CDs my way. I would be eternally grateful. I just can't keep up with all the ones I want!

I just read an article in Rolling Stone about Chris Martin, and in the interview he says that they worship R.E.M. and Radiohead, both of whom they steal from. Haha. I've never read an interview with him before and I find him so intriguing now.