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This review is from: Parachutes (Audio CD)
My mate once told me something really funny. He explained that he always judges a band on how useful he reckons they'd be in a fight. For that reason, he hates Coldplay. Imagine them in a ruck! At the time, I laughed it off, but now it seems to make sense. See, when I listened to Coldplay I continuously thought of the weakness of it, its overall flaccid feel. There is simply no energy or drive. The emotionality of it is simply too explicit, and leaves me cold.
In other words, I was bored senseless by possibly the most overrated band around at the moment. Yes, comparison can be made with the equally terrible Travis. But please do not try to compare the phenomenal Radiohead to this lot. OK, Thom Yorke may not get the kicks in, but what he is missing in brute strength he most surely makes up for with incredible energy.
Unfortunately, this is COMPLETELY missing in this album. Its full of weak and pretentious songs. I agree, the lead vocalist (I forget his name, sorry all you fans) has quality, if only he could match it with inventive music. Trouble, when I first heard it, admittedly pulled a heart string. Much in the way Especially For You by Kylie and Jason does. After a few days, this wore off and simply left me with an indescribable urge to destroy my stereo.
See, what is more important is that the so-called "beauty" of this album is so shallow it means its simply pretentiousness. One only needs to listen to beauty in depth (such as Radiohead's Lucky, or Blur's To The End) and Coldplay seem to fall apart. Additionally, the album is made up of 2-3 singles and a lot of fillers. So, it sounds samey and lifeless.
Coldplay are truly one of the worst bands around at the moment. Listening to their new single only reiterates this, as it has got to be nominated for one of the worst songs ever made...pure pretentiousness. Absolute rubbish. Don't count on them in a fight!