The Story of Coldplay and me

  • December 22, 2008
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  • I remember when Rush of Blood to the Head came out my freshman year of college. “Clocks” was being played on most radio stations and some of my friends were trying to play the song on guitar. It made me frustrated that Coldplay had become something more than they were. I was frustrated that they had emerged. I listened to the album and said “This sounds like Radiohead, right there, did you hear the way he did his voice? That sounds like Thom Yorke.” Of course that was the first listen, and the more I heard that album the more it sounded less like Radiohead. Everytime I heard somebody praise that album I thought “Too bad they’ve forgotten Parachutes. Parachutes was a much more rawer album, much less produced.” That was 2002. After falling in love with Parachutes I thought Coldplay was beginning to be “too big” after “Clocks” was being played everywhere. “In My Place” was being played on television and that video looked really overproduced. At that point I had placed Coldplay in the category of bands who have a very orginal album and then make a album not so great the second time around, they were going to disappoint me. I’d happened to me before, and I had trained myself to not expect much of anything out of a band’s second album. That is, I should expect something less. Yet at some point in 2003 I bought “Rush of Blood to the Head” and found out that “In My Place” was probably the worst song on the album and the rest of the album was really good. I still heard a bit of the Radiohead from his voice and I really missed the acoustic feel that Coldplay had on the album before, but overall I appreciated the album. Three years later, my senior year of college, 2006, I saw a commercial on television for IPODS. Guess who’s on this commercial? Coldplay and they have a new album and it’s called X&Y. Chris Martin is on the commercial and I dismiss the band because once they have given themselves to big commercials, surely their album is going to disappoint and be over produced. My roommate in college had the X&Y album. He had the album. I remember opening the case to the album and there was this little cardboard thing that you could use to buy things on Itunes. I was like “This album is going to be the demise of Coldplay. They will suck after this album.(Simply because they are desperately going to these big companies to get help for promotion)” About two weeks later, I went to Zach’s room, grabbed the album and went to our garage and listened to it. I remember looking at the liner notes and seeing that it had actually come out in 2005, so I’d intentionally ignored it because I didn’t want to disappoint myself by listening to it. At our house in college we had this garage and I had some weights over there. I’d grab them the weights and listen to them every once and a while. After about 2 listens to that album I had decided that I was wrong about it. This album was great. It was very produced, but it was a great album, very inspiring and I liked it. Of course I didn’t like it as much as Parachutes, but it was inspiring. And that brings to mind a question I always wonder: why does music make you feel the way it does? As I am lifting weights listening to X&Y, it litereally makes me feel like I am doing something heroic. The album is not epic, but there a little hint of something epic there. I don’t know what it is. Thus, with Coldplay’s new album Viva something something, we have another near seamless album. I was listening to it on the way home from the bank today and realized that the songs worked together in a way that I never really recognized what song was what. The songs almost sound the same, but then again they don’t. Maybe a lot of them do really sound the same, and often the sameness of sound is a reason people don’t like a certain band, but for me, this means the album flows really well and I like that. It’s an awesome thing. After doubting the other albums, I still doubted Coldplay, but not as much as the past. The first time I heard this one was in Brian Turney’s car and it did not sound like Colplay, but it sure sounded good. So I burnt the album from Turney’s computer. The thing that you need to know about this album is that it is really really good. So all in all, the sound that I constantly are coming across when I listen to these albums is that I expect this band to fall on its face of mediocrity but this band does not do that, and it continues to produce albums that are incredibly innovatative, but through and through good albums. There’s not really anything that Coldplay has done new on this album, other than give us good music that we should listen to.
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