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Overall, Atlas is a pleasant mix of both old and new Coldplay. It successfully draws inspiration from a variety of aspects of Coldplay's previous works and manages at the same time to entice an exciting new future for the band. 8/10.
Great analysis of Atlas, Kalex! I've listened to the song about a dozen more times after reading your review, and I think you really hit the nail on the head about how they reeled in the "Enoxification"of Atlas with a balance of instruments and sounds as the song builds momentum. The end result is a song that while dabbling in something trippy, still sounds musical... and most importantly - like Coldplay!

Nice to see another Carolinian on the Forum :cool:
 

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Great analysis of Atlas, Kalex! I've listened to the song about a dozen more times after reading your review, and I think you really hit the nail on the head about how they reeled in the "Enoxification"of Atlas with a balance of instruments and sounds as the song builds momentum. The end result is a song that while dabbling in something trippy, still sounds musical... and most importantly - like Coldplay!

Nice to see another Carolinian on the Forum :cool:
Thanks man! I suppose it is a little trippy isn't it? And yeah, I haven't seen to many Carolinians on here. Representing! haha :p
 

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I enjoyed the song Atlas! I like the Coldplay songs where Chris starts with just a piano and his voice and develops into something magnificent, ending with what started, like '42', 'Moving To Mars', Everything's Not Lost...and others...
My only request would be to make the song last longer 'cause I'm sure they have an extended version of the song Atlas! It just doesn't end there, I can notice and hear it! Anyway the end is great, very satisfied and can't wait for the next album! :D
 

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WOW !

Atlas is just bloody brilliant. It's what Coldplay do best....can't wait for the next album and tour.:cool:
 

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Well, here's what I think of it.

I like that this is a piano-based song, as I'm a sucker for piano. Chris' vocals are a bit weak in the first line; when he sings "saw," it sounds like he hit the note, realized he did it wrong, and decided to fix it. I enjoy the chord progression. I don't think the song really starts to pick up, though, until the first chorus when Chris starts singing "Carry your world." I love the booming sounds and the tinkling synths that take place, and Chris sounds great. I think it was smart to add the rhythmic cymbals in the second verse; it gives the song the impression that it's driving forward, which I think is exactly what the listener wants at this point. (Or maybe that's just me. :shrug:) The second chorus is a great climax point, with the addition of guitar and the use of bass drum. Jonny's guitar riffs suit the song quite well, and they're probably some of my favorite bits in the song. I love the use of strings at the very end, although I could've done without Chris' last falsetto note.

Overall, I quite like it. It reminds me of "Daylight," which to me is an underrated Coldplay song. It's definitely a step up from MX, at least from a purely audio perspective. The song isn't lyrically strong by any means, but I think the music helped dress them up a bit in a way that allowed me to not think of them so much.

This could change with further listens, but at this point, I think I'd give it about a 7.5.
 

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Atlas reminds me a lot of the X&Y era. The preview starts with simple piano and Chris's deep voice (Moving To Mars) then comes the spacey feel from the X&Y era. I look forward to the buildup towards the percussion when I hear the entire version. I love it so far.
X&Y is my favorite album, and I freaking LOVE this song. I love THG and love Coldplay and think it's absolute pure genius and perfection!! (and, I'm an apologist, and do not care)
 

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(and, I'm an apologist, and do not care)
Translation: "I'm a blind fangirl who will defend Coldplay at any cost, and I don't care if people refer to me as such because it's true."

Attitudes like this annoy me so much, particularly in threads like this where you're supposed to attempt at least SOME sort of objectivity. I mean, I know I'm on a Coldplay forum, but damn.
 

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I hate that behaviour too, I've seen people saying that Coldplay could write even racist music and still love them no matter what. I think that's stupid, it's like brain washing
 

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I hate that behaviour too, I've seen people saying that Coldplay could write even racist music and still love them no matter what. I think that's stupid, it's like brain washing
Wow and it's just as stupid to even think that Coldplay would ever write "racist music" :lol:

Hello we're the biggest band in the world and we decided to write hateful lyrics because YOLO
 

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Atlas is the kind of song that I think would make me crazy about Coldplay a few years ago, but that charm is now lost,they fail at making anything that I find inviting, I even find Chris' voice repellent at times. I've lost all the interest I had in the band and every new song keeps reminding me of it. I'm not sure what happened and if it's gonna change at all. Not even sure if I want it to. Weird.
 

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Atlas is the kind of song that I think would make me crazy about Coldplay a few years ago, but that charm is now lost,they fail at making anything that I find inviting, I even find Chris' voice repellent at times. I've lost all the interest I had in the band and every new song keeps reminding me of it. I'm not sure what happened and if it's gonna change at all. Not even sure if I want it to. Weird.
Any particular reason why?
 

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As I said, I'm not sure, I think my interest dropped significantly with the release of Mx up to which point Coldplay were my favourite band and I didn't know of many other bands,in fact. Mx was a vast disappointment for me, not only the album itself, but also the air that was over the band, Chris' desire to top the charts and become world's No.1. It all disgusted me and I started questioning my love for them theretofore, exposing myself to many other artists at that time. Now I found refuge someplace else, I can't see the band with same eyes, something like trying a much better taste of food and not wanting the old one any more. Well, kind of.
 

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As I said, I'm not sure, I think my interest dropped significantly with the release of Mx up to which point Coldplay were my favourite band and I didn't know of many other bands,in fact. Mx was a vast disappointment for me, not only the album itself, but also the air that was over the band, Chris' desire to top the charts and become world's No.1. It all disgusted me and I started questioning my love for them theretofore, exposing myself to many other artists at that time. Now I found refuge someplace else, I can't see the band with same eyes, something like trying a much better taste of food and not wanting the old one any more. Well, kind of.
Fair enough I guess. (though I must confess, I just can't agree on the attitude thing, Coldplay have publicly had the ambition to be a world dominating band since at least the AROBTTH days.)

As I said in my own review though, this song sounds musically to me more like their "classic" sound than anything they've released in the better part of a decade, so if anything was going to bring fans like you back into the fold, I would've bet it would've been this.
 

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You know what, I think that's just what bugs me, knowing or rather predicting what kind of song they would put out to win some fans back. Atlas may be a refreshment after so much time, but it's far from sounding revolutionary, which is perhaps what I expect.
 

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You know what, I think that's just what bugs me, knowing or rather predicting what kind of song they would put out to win some fans back. Atlas may be a refreshment after so much time, but it's far from sounding revolutionary, which is perhaps what I expect.
I can understand that. It's hardly new ground for them.

Still, considering how many people have been literally begging for them to revisit that old ground, and the fact that this track has gotten a more uniformly positive response (both fan and critical) than anything on the last two albums I think it was probably the right move for them at this time.

Plus , in a commercial sense, it doesn't hurt in the slightest to be associated with one of the biggest things going in film (and actually probably all of pop culture) at the moment. But I guess that does kind of validate your argument that they're trying to be massive. (which I don't dispute, I just think they always were.)
 

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I don't know, though, if that means Coldplay will stick to exploring a bit of their older sound again. I mean, this is a one-off single for a soundtrack. I think they may have decided to go back to this for the soundtrack because their older sound fits the vibe of the movie a lot better than the MX-era sound. We'll have to wait and see what they do for LP6 before we can find out what they're doing as a whole in terms of sound. Coldplay going back to their roots certainly isn't impossible, however; Keane went that route with their latest album.
 

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To me Atlas sounds very much like MX, especially after 3:09 when the cheesiness explodes.
I really like the music in the verses though.
 

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I don't know about that. I think, though, that I associate MX with ETIAW... :sick:
 

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I don't know, though, if that means Coldplay will stick to exploring a bit of their older sound again. I mean, this is a one-off single for a soundtrack. I think they may have decided to go back to this for the soundtrack because their older sound fits the vibe of the movie a lot better than the MX-era sound. We'll have to wait and see what they do for LP6 before we can find out what they're doing as a whole in terms of sound. Coldplay going back to their roots certainly isn't impossible, however; Keane went that route with their latest album.
I never said it did. The fact remains however, that even if it's not indicative of where they're going, this one track does harken back to an older sound that a lot of people miss, and timed as it is after several years and two albums than divided the fanbase somewhat (especially MX), coupled with the highly visible platform the film will provide it, I don't see how that can be regarded as anything less than a very shrewd move on the part of the band.

They may go with something completely different in the future, but here in this one moment, they've given a lot of people exactly what they wanted, and thought they'd never get.
 
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