Indeed. A friend thought it was RHCP in the first 5 seconds too. The bass tone is very similar to Otherside. And the actual chord progression is a little like Scar Tissue.I gave it a 7. I love how the song gives off this chill vibe. On first listen it sort of reminded me of a Red Hot Chili Peppers song, I'm not sure why but thats what my initial thought was. I don't mind the electronic drums all that much. I think it gives the song an identity. While the electronic drums are prominent in the song, they aren't played through out the whole song. On the second verse the snare sound changes for a bit. Then at about 2:33 the electronic snare changes to a traditional snare drum sound. I think it gives that part of the song a little more punch and works well. They did that with Atlas too. Jonnys guitar at 3:15 sounds something the Edge would play. I think this song has a lot of different elements in it. It's not their best, but it's not bad. There is something about the song that just works for me. The way Chris voice sounds and sings, or Guy's bass. It works for me.
Yeah I can totally see why people would find the lyrics subpar, but after all they do go very well with the minimalistic music. They are a good fit in my opinion. We know Chris is capable of writing intricate lyrics (Atlas, Violet Hill, etc,), so this was definitely a conscious decision on their part, to keep it simple and direct.Mostly because they are too simple and repetitive.
Exactly. Their first single is never the best track of the album, but like you said a taster. I am sure Magic follows along those lines. I personally can´t wait to hear them at the iTunes Festival. If they do like they did with MX, we will probably hear more new tracks!Coldplay have a history of releasing a leading single that is designed to be a 'taster' for the sound of the new album... but it's usually not the best track from it. Hopefully this is the case again!