Pretentious bed-wetters, or the voice of a generation? 'In My Place' was a stunning track, a superb taster of what was to come with Coldplay's second album, 'A Rush of Blood To The Head'. With 'The Scientist', they prove that no band does heartfelt melancholia with quite the same flair.
Starting with a simple, understated piano, 'The Scientist' is about the pain that comes with the end of a relationship. Chris Martin sings tenderly over this brilliant track, telling us that, "Nobody said it was easy... No one ever said it would be this hard... Take me back to the start." It's a moving, emotional track covering feelings of regret, sorrow and nostalgia, and is easily the best track on the new album.
'In My Place' was robbed of the number one position by Darius - let's hope that with 'The Scientist' the record buying public doesn't make the same mistake again.
The voice of a generation? You bet they are.