#AOAL - Please post your review

EasySuperstition99

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And I hate that people keep says Coldplay is starting to make music that just tries to please people becaude that's not true at all. That's a fact. They're making these happy songs cause they like that stuff and they have fun with them. They don't give a crap about what anyone thinks or says. They don't have to. So don't start ranting about "oh they don't care about the true fans" and "now they are just being crowd pleasers" and "music without metaphors and homeric similes = pop and terrible music". Plus i think it's funny that people are like coldplay is making pop which sucks cause pop means popular.
 

SprayCanSoulGuy

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When I first heard it at about 09:45 (NL Time), I was quite shocked, but also not. Before I heard the whole thing, I kinda was expecting a disco song. And when this dude on Facebook posted about how the track is groovy, I knew for sure. So because it didn't blow me away, but it did surprise me lyrically, I was disappointed and I could not stop thinking about it.

But as time went by, I saw a live performance of AOAL, listened to it more, and danced to it for a bit, I really, really, REALLY started to like it.
Yes, Mark Ronson makes funk now, as well as Daft Punk (who were originally a house act), but should that stop me from enjoying what Coldplay did? ABSOLUTELY NOT.

I absolutely appreciate what they've done with this song, though I prefer Amazing Day.

Still, I rate it: 8/10!
 

e.nygma

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Love this so much.

The funky dance sound is so nice here and we must not confuse this with standard pop songs. It's not even close.

And I adore parts of amazing day also. So so beautiful at times.

Two questions. 1.What does the voice say during the chorus? 2. It seems to me, they are going for a high, high quality poppy album here, rather than a conceptual one. I'm dreaming of all the tracks being equally amazing. Your thoughts?

BTW, huge props to coldplaying. You guys always spark my interest with your facebook contributions and this forum. This way I'll never forget how much coldplay understand music.
 

Hyperion

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Very interesting track!

Based on the snippet I was expecting something completely different from what AOAL is but it has grown for sure. The guitar riff is awesome and so is the bass line. On the other hand IMO the song would deserve better chorus and the lyrics are quite simple. In overall I'm satisfied and it is great to see band discovering new genres.

8/10
 

mishee90

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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.
 

WeddingDom

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I want to share my little review after a few listens: AOAL belongs to Jonny, Will and Guy. The track is catchy and vigorous. The problem here is Chris, whose voice sounds a bit misplaced and lacks the energy he showed in ASFOS and I think his voice is not good enough to carry a happy song like this one. The last whooooos are mediocre and tolerable at best. The lyrics in Amazing Day are proof that they still can write good songs, so I don't know what happened here. Finally, the song lacks an explosive moment to take it to the next lever, to make it memorable.

6/10
 

rubbbyyV

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I hardly ever post around here, but after hearing this song, I just had to. I'm honestly not a fan at all. Decent song if you want to get on the radio and get plays, but otherwise... it sounds like every other track that's being put out there. This song doesn't feel like it has a heart at all, just something to get on the radio and sell. I'm so incredibly disappointed. I love LOVE Coldplay and the lads, but this is something I just can't get on board with. :sad2:

4/10 and that's being generous on my part.
 
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Mr. Happy

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I feel like it has a great hook and a great verse, but the chorus is practically non-existent (and a strong chorus is absolutely necessary for a song like this) and the lyrics are trite rubbish. It also doesn't really seem to have much direction, it kind of meanders along in search of absolutely nowhere for four and a half minutes before deciding to call it a day. If we're rating it, I'd give it a 5/10. It's not horrible, but I was expecting something a lot better.

Oh well, can't win them all. Roll on Hymn for the Weekend :)
 

SprayCanSoulGuy

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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 respect your review, but that last thing is such a retarted thing to say!

"We get to keep them all to ourselves"?!
So many things wrong with that.

Yes, I started liking them since Viva-Mylo,
and YES, I heard 2 of the songs you mentioned. In fact, I've heard a shitton of songs by them, new AND old...

So saying Newplayers have never heard See You Soon or BiggerStronger and that Oldplayers have the nerve to brag about how they have, is simply an accusation and total BS.

Again, your review was great (even though I like the song), right up until you said that...
 

MosesTheMarshmallow

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I quite like the song and its mission, but found the end slightly abrupt.

-Lyrics are quite good. Definitely a step up from GS's slightly cringey lines. The idea of diamonds coming out from weight and pressure...that's a pretty deep idea.

-Agreed with comments that Jonny/Guy/Will are the driving force in the song. The guitar riff is very Coldplay, yet the drums and bass are very disco. That's new for Coldplay and a cool nod to the presence of funk in today's pop without seeming to just steal that style (Uptown Funk). I like Chris's singing now, but was a bit turned off by it on first listen. They're kind of the same style as in Magic, where it's a bit dry talking-with-melody. I agree with an earlier comment that ASFOS has really well-integrated/engaging Chris vocals - I think he does some GREAT vocal acrobatics that fit the style of that song perfectly that somehow isn't happening here.

-I disagree with comments that the song goes nowhere. The guitar solo is cool (and sounds kinda Indian-flavoured? Not sure what they did instrumentally there. Though live it sounds more Jonny), and the drums kind of double in tempo. Kinda ruined by the ooh's though. It would've been much better as a Jonny only guitar solo. I have the same issue with True Love though, where instead of a shitload of Chris ooh's I would've liked to just hear more Jonny's weeping guitar.

-I like that the track generally stands on its own without too many backing tracks even with Chris not playing an instrument. It just makes everyone seem more into it, IMO.

-I really like the xylophone thing going on in the left ear. It's like the thing in Another's Arms. :)
 

Fazkool

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We don't have to share that music with new Coldplay fans - we get to keep them all to ourselves
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.

To put it simple, 'Newplayers' or 'Oldplayers' don't really matter to me, since either one can freely appreciate Coldplay's new/old works. And please share us new fans their other brilliant works, regardless of our tastes, even just for proving that their old works are superior :)
 

Xylobryte98

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-If they try something different (pop)
*this is not the Coldplay I know. Coldplay is artistically dead*
-If they do something which isn't pop
*this is so boring and repetitive*
In short, they can never satisfy us all.
What makes me sad is the amount of hate these 'true fans' are spreading. What were you guys expecting? 'Bohemian Rhapsody'?
This is not lyrically good, the band is pop now, they are not rock anymore..... Aah c'mon. As if you have heard the whole album.
The band who gave us 50+ songs to love gives us one pop song for the general and casual listener to enjoy and we start losing our minds. Keep in mind that this could be a great commercial succes which could in turn be an excellent boost to the album sales.
If you don't like it. Don't listen to it.
By spreading hate you're nothing but influencing people to have a bad mindset about the song already.
Rather than criticizing the band for releasing a pop (partially pop) song, we should rather feel happy that the band is enjoying themselves and support them.
I know we expect alot from Coldplay.
But we have another 10 songs yet to be heard, so everybody just calm down and stop making a big fuss about it.
Just for once forget what Coldplay were and what Coldplay might be.
Why not enjoy what Coldplay are right now?
 

MrMilanista

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A very happy song, a million times better than the likes of Happy, Uptown Funk etc. And what I feel great about this song is that every member is greatly a part of it, which we haven't seen in a long time. Wills drums is back, Johnnys riff is amazing, Guys bass is out of this world and Chris doing what he's best at.

8/10
 

thetwinparadox

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After listening to the song about 30 times, I have to say that, rather than growing on me, I'm becoming more and more indifferent to the song. I'm not sure why. In addition, I still can't remember very much about the song. It's difficult to recall anything about the vocals, and even the main guitar riff sounds different from how I remember it whenever I hear the song. Which is disappointing, because even months after the album's release, you'd still be humming to yourself the melody of songs like ETIAW and even Magic.
 

Ghost0012

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but every listen seems to make me love the song more its a 7/10 for me for now might be a 8 or 9 someday
 

theprospekt

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Don't know what it is about this song but even though I wasn't super psyched about it on first listen I've become completely addicted to it! I've basically been listening on repeat since it came out.
 
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