The PROS & CONS of "Princess of China" (plus 1-10 sliding poll)

milesahead89

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Coldplay have already written so many great "Coldplay-esque" songs for me to enjoy, so I think it's awesome they are diving into different genres and giving us something completely different than what we are used to. Yes it is a pop song, but a good one with some awesome coldplay elements. When Coldplay do something, they don't half ass it. I enjoyed it. Rihanna is very talented.

I think that everybody complaining about it and Rihanna should just be thankful for all the great song they already do love by Coldplay. Shocker, your favorite band has a song you don't like. It isn't the end of the world. MX is sure to pack enough punch to please everybody.
 

Connor!42!

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at least there are a lot more people who like it compared to Paradise (ugh, i don't like mentioning that 'thing')

now my decision is to whether i should listen to HLH tomorrow since it comes out on the 21st for me....:thinking: As soon as i saw the POC leak i immediately clicked on it without thinking so maybe i'll do the same thing with HLH.

Edit: Also to be honest, i have a strange feeling about POC. The deal is that i have been a hater of hip-hop music for the past two years (Lady Gaga, Rihanna etc) because i just don't consider that 'real' music with all the auto tune and over produced sounds though now since she's in a song with my favourite band, i son't know how to feel about her. Amazing song none the less
 

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I listened to it again this morning and surprisingly since I hate ETIAW and Para I find myself liking this. Part of that may be bias from falling in love with the live version they played back in June. But I think Rihanna's voice actually works really well with Chris's. There's far too much production on it, but I expected that. I actually quite like the lyrics too (apart from the filler 'ooooohs')

As far as generic pop songs go, this is a good one. And whilst Coldplay insist on putting this kind of music out I'm just gonna take what I can from it and hope that maybe they get it out of their systems.
 

Nattatouille

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If I thought Paradise and ETIAQW were radio friendly then I was sorely mistaken in comparison to this. This is radio friendly, this is the song most likely to be a number one of Mylo Xyloto-- this is going to be the next single. It just oozes it.

The review/article that said that Rihanna didn't sound like Rihanna in this track was pretty... Off the mark. Yes, she sounds less nasal than normal, but it definitely sounds like her. I don't think you could confuse the voice even for a split second.

Something I do have to confess is that her voice does fit on the track and work well with Chris's which is something I really thought it wouldn't. I thought it was going to be the clash from hell, so it's nice to be proven wrong on some accounts.

But my major qualm... This sounds like Rihanna ft. Coldplay. It doesn't sound like it is something that should be on a Coldplay album because it's pretty much 4 minutes of pure Rihanna.

The song will serve them well in the charts and culminating a new fanbase in this modern market. But for me... It's too much Rihanna, not enough Coldplay (and I did prefer the live version-- call me whatever you want for it, but it was far superior in many ways even if it did lack a female vocal).

5/10
 

jackparker

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I hate everything Rihanna does and I am such a massive critic of all her songs, but this song is extremely brilliant and I think Coldplay have actually done very well on this song.
 

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I think this is a good song, it works well and achieves what it is trying to do. I think there could have been more guitar. In both this and Paradise, all we have quitar-wise is a little riff toward the end of the song that someone who has been playing guitar for about a month could perform.

I like that Coldplay are enjoying messing around with new influential styles, and I applaud and respect them for that. However, I would like to see them move away from R 'n' B / Hip Hop for the next album. It wouldn't suit them to go any further down this road.

For the record, I really like ETIAW, but think Paradise is a fairly poor song for Coldplay. However, it's better than almost everything else on stations like Radio 1. Coldplay set the bar so high that even a poor song by their standard is good if you judge it as a separate entity.
 

jackparker

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If they play this song live I say that Rihanna's part should be sung by Will!
 

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My first listen this morning. First impression is that it sounds like a Rhianna song featuring Chris Martin... NOT COLDPLAY. Having said that, Rhianna is a pop artist that I do not hate, but the song isn't one of her best either. If I rated it now it would be a 5. Worse than Paradise. Will listen a few more times and maybe like it better, but I doubt it.
 

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My first listen this morning. First impression is that it sounds like a Rhianna song featuring Chris Martin... NOT COLDPLAY. Having said that, Rhianna is a pop artist that I do not hate, but the song isn't one of her best either. If I rated it now it would be a 5. Worse than Paradise. Will listen a few more times and maybe like it better, but I doubt it.
My words exactly.

Only that I voted a 6.
 

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This song should had been called PRINCESS of ILLUMINATI
damn Rihanna whats wrong with coldplay....and i still havent heard the song cause EMI has blocked it ...
 

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Listened it at the work. You know what? At home I have hi-fi external sound card + hi-fi headphones, so it sounds like garbage. But at work it suddenly more smooth, listenable. So it's definitely has something with sound mixing, compression for radio, etc. Jeez. So to enjoy a bit MX you need crappy boombox, marvelous.
 

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I didn't mind it too much at first but I've grown to hate it more and more with every listen. Now it's one of my least favourite Coldplay songs. And it's not because of Rihanna, I can handle that strangely. It's those fucking synths, they just sound ugly and it really takes away from the song in a big way.
 

nothingtoseehere

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It's alright. It's just alright.

I dunno. Didn't wow me or anything. It's just alright. Better than Paradise and ETIAW, though. I must say Rihanna sounds good, and I usually hate her nasal voice.
 
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I didn't mind it too much at first but I've grown to hate it more and more with every listen. Now it's one of my least favourite Coldplay songs. And it's not because of Rihanna, I can handle that strangely. It's those fucking synths, they just sound ugly and it really takes away from the song in a big way.
I hav to admit the screaming synths are what I love about this song!
 

mooseaka

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I guess I'm too old for Coldplay now, which is ironic since Chris Martin is two months older than me.

Pure Top 40, just like ETIAW and Paradise. Funny - the first song I heard from MX was Major Minus and I was so excited that they were moving away from pop-friendly stuff. Sooooo wrong.....

Can't wait to see what they have in store for their 2014 album. Auto-tune? Samples? Lionel Ritchie cover?
 

Jonnyslice.

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Why is everyone hating on Paradise? I don't understand. -.-

PoC.. not one of my favourites.. but I really like Rihanna on this.
 
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