June 24, 2008

But I don't want to follow Death and all of his friends!

Coldplay has long been this kind of band that a lot of normal people name-drop to make themselves seem more hip (think Zach Braff). They've also been the kind of band that people with overly inflated opinions of themselves/low self-esteem savagely berate to in a type of musical overcompensation for the love that their parents never gave them (think me and most music bloggers). Somehow, beating up on a bunch of chipper English guys embiggens us all.

Imagine the horror, sheer HORROR, upon listening to the new Coldplay album, Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends, and not hating it, nay, enjoying the experience. They're still the soaring ballad band we've all come to know (love or hate, it's what they've done since Parachutes), but having somebody like Brian Eno at the helm of your album will mess with your sonics. In this case, that means adding as much edge as a band like Coldplay can give. They will always be a band safely in the top 40 spectrum and that's clearly a realm they are comfortable in. However, we can all take pride in knowing we witnessed when boys became men.

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