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A good slice of Coldplay ... but with reservations,
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Coldplay's set at Glastonbury this summer bought home to me just how good this band are. No U2 pretence; just a bunch of guys who enjoy what they do and are very good at doing it. Whether it's Chris Martin on the piano or their fantastic drummer (who reminds me of Animal from The Muppet Show!) bouncing his drum kit off the floor. The new songs they played like 'Charlie Brown' and 'Every Tear Drop' sounded anthemic as you would expect. They were great.
So, along comes the album some 4 months later and it's certainly uplifting. 'Paradise' is catchy but not great Coldplay while aongs like 'Hurts like Heaven' are strong and catchy. Chris Martin is no great lyricist; what he does do is create a wash of sound that you know will raise the rooves on stadia around the world. So, why have I only given this new album three stars? Production in one word. This album has been produced to death by idiots who think that pushing the levers all the way to 'max' is the way to deliver a great album. On a good hi-fi this album sounds sounds like its coming out of a cheap transistor radio made in the sixties. It's distorted, there is little light and shade - jusy bombastic production which is a great shame. Can producers please stop doing this? Give us music that sounds natural rather than pushed up to the max.
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Initial post: 31 Oct 2011 16:43:52 GMT
J. Sherwin says:
"Chris Martin is no great lyricist."
Chris Martin is a poet. Coldplay is one of those bands that you just won't get if you don't get lyrics. Yes the music is really quality, but the lyrics is what makes the music great. Their meaningful, which isn't something seen very often anymore.
Posted on 12 Nov 2011 15:14:14 GMT
J. Sherwin, I would disagree. Chris Martin has a nice voice which works well with the music and lyrics, but apart from a few songs on older Coldplay albums, the words are not particularly deep or moving.
In my opinion, a great lyricist is Guy Garvey from Elbow. Not only does his voice sound unique on the music scene, but his lyrics match the music well and to me feel incredibly heartfelt.
(A question actually: Is it just Chris Martin who writes the lyrics for Coldplay? In all the notes for the Coldplay CDs I have, it says the songs are written by all the band members, and lyrics are never specifically mentioned.)
And to the original reviewer, I didn't see any of the coverage of Coldplay this past summer, but I can imagine that these songs, when played live with all the production taken away, would feel much stronger. "Paradise" with a live crowd singing along would be quite something.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2011 18:46:20 GMT
I am with John on this one. I am afraid sound quality on some tracks is very poor and distorted. I don't know nor care too much who wrote what, all I know is the sound out of my speakers isn't up to the usual CD quality.
Posted on 11 Dec 2011 21:48:33 GMT
Simon Winn-smith says:
Useful review. I expected it would be badly produced even from hearing the single on the radio. The trend towards over-compression is very saddening. Why not release a hi-fi version of these pop albums alongside the ones for kids?
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Dec 2011 18:32:20 GMT
Marco Affer says:
Unfortunately, you are 100% right, this recording is an absolute crap! I'm so pissed off, I love coldplay but I'll never buy another CD if recording will be of such a poor quality. Dear group, it's enough to play on your stereo your first release and you'll "feel" the difference, how good and perfectly natural recording was that piece of music art.......
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Dec 2011 11:30:44 GMT
John K. Gateley says:
It's a real shame. Great band but they should fire their producers and get back to great hi-fidelity. MP3 users generally download music so I still feel that CD's should be aimed at music lovers rather than joggers in the park.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2012 22:46:43 GMT
Fuzzball: All songs are credited to them all because of the collaborative effort involved in turning them into the final product, but the bare bones are essentially Chris Martin.
Posted on 27 Jan 2012 21:01:29 GMT
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Posted on 26 Feb 2012 13:28:26 GMT
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I'm hoping they will do a remaster of this as the sound is horribly distorted. "Princess of China" is unlistenable. The sound on the vinyl is slightly better, but still awful. It sounds as though someone with a cheap cassette recorder recorded the album with the needles in the red. I'd like to hear a good mastering of this album. I love "Paradise".
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2012 15:03:56 GMT
John K. Gateley says:
I agree. I haven't played this CD since I realised how bad the production is. Great band and very good material let down by very poor production.
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