Saturday, July 9, 2011

What is it with Coldplay?

Coldplay, a name one instantly relates to popular alternative rock music. What is it about them that makes them so damn good?
At a time when most bands get lost in this shit called Pop music that record companies keep excreting out their ass holes.
Coldplay have somehow managed to keep themselves on top and in the spotlight.
I think that comparing bands is sort of an insult to the artists but I can't help compare Coldplay and Travis (some might think of Oasis or similar band).
What I wish to point out here is that Coldplay have consistently managed to introduce new vigor and colour in their music, whereas bands like Travis did progress with their music and perfected it, but they never really innovated with their form to the point that Coldplay have and continue to do.
This is the song that started it all Shiver, from their first Album Parachutes Their first official hit!

A lot of you must remember this album, after all it did include hits like Yellow, Don't Panic, Trouble and Everything's Not Lost

If Parachutes was good then "A Rush Of Blood To The Head" was f*@king awesome!!!
I mean, the first thing that comes to mind when somebody mentions Coldplay is either Yellow or The Scientist.

It also had other hits like Clocks, In My Place, Green Eyes and many others.

"X and Y", I think ,was the first album that showed signs of them drifting away from their initial style.
They had these up-tempo electronica infused songs like Talk, and Speed of Sound. That didn't quiet sound like their previous work. I felt very relieved when I heard Fix You, A Message and Swallowed In The Sea. It took a while for me to realize that they were just trying to diversify their music and trying new things.

Now, when Viva La Vida was something totally different from what they had done earlier and I just couldn't connect with it at the first listen but slowly it grew on me and I began to understand their music.
This shift in style, I personally like to compare with the time when Bob Dylan went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
None the less it had gems like Life in Technicolor which featured an orchestra!

and my personal favourite, Strawberry Swing, which had the most awesome video and African sounds.

Their latest single Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall just goes to show how far they'v come.

1 comment:

  1. I agree wholeheartedly. Coldplay has managed the near-impossible.. They have maintained their identity, not sold out to corporate empires bent on selling music to 13 year old girls. I respect that a Lot.