Coldplay – “A Sky Full Of Stars” Apr29

Coldplay – “A Sky Full Of Stars”

Coldplay is arguably the biggest rock band in the world. The most popular? The safest? The most consistent in the last decade. In anticipation of their May release of Ghost Stories, they even get a NBC special during Sweeps. That should make the “conscious uncoupling” feel a bit better when NBC hands over the check. Did I mention Avicii! and Paul Epworth (who? …shit yeah. that’s who.) produced this pre-fab Vegas club-type track? It’s so uplifting. I can here this playing now for the World Cup or The NBA Finals. It doesn’t even really fit, but it’s Coldplay. People will love it! Even the Taylor Swift-like voice crack flourish Chris Martin pulls off. (OnSmash) NBC Special...

Coldplay – “Magic” (video) Apr07

Coldplay – “Magic” (video)...

Rather than commenting on Chris Martin’s yellow fever for casting Ziyi Zhang, his wife’s “conscious uncoupling,” or the undeniably catchiness of this track (more so than Ed Sheeran’s “Sing”), I’ll just post this quote from Christopher Priest’s novel, The Prestige. “Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called “The Pledge”. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course… it probably isn’t. The second act is called “The Turn”. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call “The Prestige”.”...

Coldplay – “Magic” Mar03

Coldplay – “Magic”...

Coldplay’s new single, “Magic,” is a departure from the big stadium rock of Viva La Vida. Chris Martin’s big voice is hemmed down and conversational. But there is a high level of comfort that recalls the confidence of Coldplay’s second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head. Last week when the band surprised the world with a new single, “Midnight,” complete with a weird night-vision video, the world wasn’t ready. In fact, there were unfavorable comparisons to mimicking Beyonce’s midnight surprise and biting Bon Iver’s style. The autotuned incoherent lyrics didn’t help. Neither did the track which figured four minutes in is when the bassline should come in. “Magic” is more what the public expects. It might get some comparisons to U2, but they are the gold standard for rock bands now and not bad company to keep. Personally Coldplay already holds a strong place in my mind and heart. They are the band for all the facets of love: the chase, the yearning, being in/out of love, or accepting its loss. This record portrays the nascent stage of love when it is both hard to explain and easy to accept. Maybe this will be a return to the simplicity for Coldplay. Less bombast and more evocation. Martin’s voice has always been the main draw, so it is great to believe the band has recharted the marketing of their next album, Ghost Stories, to focus on the lyrics and emotion of the music. (Coldplay Official Site/Toronto Star/Time) BONUS VIDEO:...

Coldplay – “Sparks”...

There was one girl who dug me right from jump. The problem is I was infatuated with the girl who introduced us. But there’s no claim. And the heart wants what it wants. So I let my id take the wheel. Conspiracy was abundant. In a rush to see this tall drink of water at her home, my car caught a flat en route. (side note — for those counting and caring, I would catch 3 flats en route to pussy in my lifetime.) Donuts still roll, so I carried on. Homemade Italian food, an uncanny horoscope reading, and the tallest bed I’ve ever laid on. (fragment synopsis, enjoy it) That was the apex. I would learn I was a means to an end. And now I’m stuck with this fucking Coldplay song in my head forever. CLICK HERE for the full list of Valentine’s Day...