#AOAL - Please post your review

thetwinparadox

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When I played AOAL for my mom, she called it "Muzak". Ouch!!
 

KidA

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The song has one big ace up its sleeve...fun. If you forget that this is a band who once made music like "Warning Sign" and "Trouble" for a while, it's an enjoyable 4 minutes. But an enjoyable 4 minutes is the realm of generic pop stars, something Coldplay should be above. It's easily the weakest of their lead singles to me, and I think that's what worries me -that this is the lead single. It'd be a great album track for a dance-y record, but as the lead single? Underwhelming to say the least. It's growing on me ever so slightly but still a 6/10 at this point.
 

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That's the biggest problem, right there. Anyone could have made this song. It's Coldplay mostly because it is Chris' vocal. (and the guitar is Johnny-like, OK.) And it's not about how 'they changed from their usual' it's about how they are changing to 'everybody's usual'. Why lose something deep and 'standout' about yourself, just to appeal to the crowd? Beats me.
I supposed it does sound like every other band that uses indian-influenced disco laden pop and funk..with Chris's vocal style...and anthemic choral bits...
or we can just go ahead and say... it borrows a lot from all kinds of music- like a lot of already existing Coldplay songs. It's just not the styles you're fond of and it's shocking to you. We get it.
 

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I supposed it does sound like every other band that uses indian-influenced disco laden pop and funk..with Chris's vocal style...and anthemic choral bits...
Hahaha. Exactly, I don't get why people call this generic pop. It's pop, but definetly not generic.
 

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I supposed it does sound like every other band that uses indian-influenced disco laden pop and funk..with Chris's vocal style...and anthemic choral bits...
or we can just go ahead and say... it borrows a lot from all kinds of music- like a lot of already existing Coldplay songs. It's just not the styles you're fond of and it's shocking to you. We get it.
Kinda wrong though cause I do love disco/dance music, my favorite musician of all time is Michael Jackson, for example.
 

ramres

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This is a strange phenomenon that I've weirdly only ever come across here. Most people realise it goes without saying that what everyone's posts are their own opinion and there is no right or wrong. Clearly people have different tastes and all are valid but it's kind of the point of discussion to call other people's into question. If we all just sat here going "I disagree but whatever, happy days :) :) :)" it'd be very boring indeed (IMO).
My point was that a 10/10 score signifies a classic, a perfect song in he highest echelons of music (btw I said Like a Rolling Stone, not The Rolling Stones -never get Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger mixed up lol ;)) and that it blows my mind people think Adventure of a Lifetime belongs there too. Obviously it's their opinion and totally valid but so is mine and I should be allowed to post it.

Just imagine an IMO after every sentence.

Subjectivity is the reason we're all here, it becomes amazing when we can discuss other people's ideas - which, when done meaningfully, means questioning them too.

To clarify, by no means do I hate this song. I think it's a pretty good dance track - but I expect more from Coldplay than decent dance-pop. Maybe that expectation is misplaced these days.
Completely understand that, and it's nice to have healthy discussions between varying opinions. Your original comment was worded in a rather nicer way than what I've seen around here lurking over the last few months so it was really just a general comment on these types of things that irk me and your comment just brought me to finally say something about it. Again I have no problem with you hating or loving (or "something in between"-ing) this song. I also had no problem with the rest of your comment and actually, to an extent, agreed with your comment about depth-ness (as I recognized below average lyrics and can definitely see how strongly people personally connect to the right song). But for me, I just draw a line when it someone seems to state as fact something being perfect and then questions other's definition of perfection as well. I guess it can be done in a civilized way but it's like walking on a knife's edge and I'd rather not deal with that hah. That is all.
 

KidA

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I supposed it does sound like every other band that uses indian-influenced disco laden pop and funk..with Chris's vocal style...and anthemic choral bits...
or we can just go ahead and say... it borrows a lot from all kinds of music- like a lot of already existing Coldplay songs. It's just not the styles you're fond of and it's shocking to you. We get it.
Where is Chris' vocal style on this? To me, it sounds like a great deal of pop singers could have sang it and it would have been much the same.
Let's not overstate the "Indian influence", the vocal loop is vaguely Indian and that's it.
Almost all pop, never mind dance, tries to have an "anthemic" choral bit, not in the slightest bit unique.

The song isn't a rip off or anything, but it's most certainly generic. The structure, lyrics, instrumentation, and production are all derived from staples of dance music. But that's not that bad, it still provides a fresh twist in them in certain parts.
 

Strawberry Swinger

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This song is incredibly catchy, I'll give you that.

But I just wish that they would make music which is deep and artistically rich, like I know they can.
 

Lobabe

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Where is Chris' vocal style on this? To me, it sounds like a great deal of pop singers could have sang it and it would have been much the same.
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To me- Chris is singing the same way he would ..on any other song. I don't hear him trying to sound like someone else...which is what the naysayers, or NayPlayers are saying? :p
 

craigwdasc

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The song has definitely grown on me. Wasn't sure about it at first but man, it's incredibly catchy! Plus Coldplay's first singles tend to be the one of the more mainstream/accessible songs on the album and don't really reflect the overall album.

Those saying it's not artistically deep enough, as someone who's followed Coldplay from early on, songs like Clocks, The Scientist and Yellow are some of my favourite tracks but are based on repetitive riffs and lyrics that aren't exactly the most poetic around. Just because their older songs were more somber, doesn't mean that uplifting, jubilant songs have any less artistic merit.
 

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I liked at first, now I'm loving it really. Great riff and amazing bass line, Chris is not at his best here, but the rest of the band is just so well on this track.
 

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I honestly can't believe how poor AOAL and AD are. I was watching them again on TFI Friday and they were so bland and non descript, so very sad.

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I honestly can't believe how poor AOAL and AD are. I was watching them again on TFI Friday and they were so bland and non descript, so very sad.

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Yo, I feel you
 

iamsue

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Well...I had a very bad week and it instantly made me feel better. Still, I could only listen to it one time through. Today, I'm up to 2. It does grow on you , kind of like an earworm, as others have said. Very shallow overall, but I like the happiness!
 

thetwinparadox

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What does that mean? Crap, shit? :lol:
She meant that it was bland, uninspired, and only meant to be played in elevators. I disagree but she's got a bit of a point, it is quite safe, despite the new and fresh sound! ;)
 

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On the risk of receiving hate comments, but I have to say: I agree with your mom in this assessment !
 
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