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Really was their year,
This review is from: Prospekt's March (Audio CD)
When they said that VLV would be experimental, assumptions jumped to Kid A style electronica. Of course Coldplay wern't going this route, and the album of sunny skies and a celebration of the worlds colours and cultures that followed recieved a very varied reception from critics and fans.
Well this is more of the same really, in the aspect that it broadens their pallet in ways VLV did but that these songs for one reason or another didn't fit on the actually CD.
Even so most of these songs would be welcome on the main album quality wise, and some fit thematically. VLV could have been an even stronger CD, but then this EP propably wouldn't be anywhere near as good in this case.
Opening with a lyrical perspecive of VLV's opener LIT, it shows Chris's voice at its most strong and clear yet. It all links back to a wonderful little line about 'feet not touching the ground' fantastic really since this song really does soar through the sky.
Following a 42 second piano peice comes Glass of Water, which is basically a joyfull rocky accompany peice to VLV's more dark epic 42. It's a traditional verse, chorus format and it propably is Coldplay's best rock song yet (its heavy!... really!... if you kick the bass up you'll realise)
Rainy Day is a weird one, after 2 seconds of standard Coldplay it transforms into something that sounds very Demon Day Gorrilaz. Martin's voice is distorted into an clattered whisper. Strings take the chorus to light and xylophone and a groovy bass line make this this biggest suprise of the album. Propably wouldn't fit on VLV, shame its a fantastic song that really shows what CP can achieve.
Prospekt's March, doesn't start off too promising but soon it picks up into an Everybody Hurts style winding incline of guitars. The credenso is a soulful assessment of life, would have made a great middle track on VLV. As it stands it becomes the most beautiful life afferming thing Coldplay have ever done.
And then we have Lost, with Jay-Z who contributes nothing to the song... (rapping about things that begin with C M Chris Martin ectra... )
Osaka Sun remix of Lover's in Japan is basically the same song with a few more backing vocals, its purpose is simple. To replace the other version from VLV on your ipod so you don't need to store Reign of Love (the mediocre accompanying ballad)
Lastly we have Now My Feet Don't touch the ground, its a nice enough acoustic song from the band that use acoustics too much, so it closes the EP in a sweet if relitively none suprising way.
Overall this EP is 5 strong tracks and 3 unneccasary ones, if you loved VLV though, treat yourself as this EP will please you.
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Initial post: 29 Nov 2008 18:45:44 GMT
Mr. A. Cook says:
I love Reign of Love...
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