I respect your review, but that last thing is such a retarted thing to say!Disclaimer: I am an 'Oldplayer' (or, someone who grew up with the band since 2000).
I find it simply fascinating that the song, Adventure of a Lifetime is gaining immensely positive and 'raving' reviews. I am not sure if this is because (1) people are excited that Coldplay have dropped a new song or (2) because people are just generally excited that Coldplay are "back" from what was Ghost Stories. or (3) that people don't really know what good pop music is.
Whatever the case, I feel that some of the very positive reviews (those giving this song 9 or 10/10) are a little unfounded. Even as a 'pop' song, AOAL falls far short; the greatest pop songs have far more depth and melody than what AOAL has. The song purely has momentum because it is a song from one of the biggest bands in the world, right now. If you take Coldplay out of the equation, the song is mediocre, familiar, forgettable (albeit catchy), hollow and shallow. It really is just like any other mediocre pop song out there - there is nothing unique or meaningful about it. I wonder if the same song was released by a nobody artist, would it generate the same amount of praise or positive reviews? What makes the song so special? What message is Chris trying to tell me? If one didn't recognise Martin's voice, would one even KNOW that it was by Coldplay? The song embarrassingly fails both as a pop song AND (obviously) as a Coldplay song.
I'm actually beyond the point of being disappointed with Coldplay - I simply don't care enough for them anymore. Their Ghost Stories release was like a way of telling their older fans that that's not really Coldplay anymore. It was like a final goodbye to their old selves, and their old identity; this was mimicked in the way the album was toured, in attempt to highlight the album's minute importance in their current identity.
Adventure of a Lifetime is not a song I would listen to normally, and hence, not a song I am going to listen to, even if by my once-upon-a-time favourite band in the world. Their sound and identity has evolved, and in isolating fans, they have indeed gained many, many, MANY more. Coldplay are interested in being revolutionaries in a music sphere, they create music that appeal to the masses, and disguise this by evolving their sound into something common and familiar. They have no desire to produce music from their AROBTTH era - they are more than content with creating and 'experimenting' with dance music, with the benefit of gaining attention and worldwide airplay because they are such a huge band. Coldplay could release any genre of music and they would still make millions. They have the power to DO WHATEVER THEY LIKE. They don't care about their fans - not their new ones, and certainly not their old ones.
I think for any 'Oldplayers' out there - it's not worth it to be angered and disappointed at the band. This is who they are now. We can either accept them for what they are, or decide to leave their fan base. Although, you don't have to forget their amazing back catalogue of music. We can always have comfort in knowing that the many new, millions of fans Coldplay have garnered since Viva-Mylo, have probably never heard of songs such as Such a Rush or See you Soon or Bigger, Stronger. We don't have to share that music with new Coldplay fans - we get to keep them all to ourselves
Adventure of a Lifetime - 5/10.
I think that's pretty selfish. Do we, new Coldplay fans, don't deserve their old songs? Are we blindly categorized as 'not true Coldplay fans' just because we're attracted to their new works? We're not dumb. I'm a new Coldplay fan since MX but even I find that their old works are a masterpiece. Just because we're new doesn't mean we're dumb and don't understand the older, more brilliant songs.We don't have to share that music with new Coldplay fans - we get to keep them all to ourselves