What's so bad about Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall?

Mark

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I really need an answer to this because I think it's one of their greatest efforts as a band.

There's a reason why they released it in time for festivals; it's tailor-made for live shows. It's four minutes worth of euphoria condensed into soaring melody and pounding rhythm. It's not written for fans to look at and admire the songcraft, it's simply to get you dancing when you see it live.

I understand that that's not what Coldplay have done in the past, and that for a lot of fans, they'll prefer the old stuff, but can we just accept that this is a brilliant live moment, even if it isn't a great recorded one?
 

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There's a reason why they released it in time for festivals; it's tailor-made for live shows. It's four minutes worth of euphoria condensed into soaring melody and pounding rhythm. It's not written for fans to look at and admire the songcraft, it's simply to get you dancing when you see it live.
You have answered your own question.
 

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I like it far more than In My Place. And X&Y is my favourite album. Against the grain? I don't care!
 

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Just because you can't admire one thing about it, doesn't mean you can't admire another.
True, but it kind of irked me. It would have been one thing if they [officially] released it as their second or third single, or if they just would have debuted it at the festivals (for the purposes of being a festival/concert song); but to have it be the first one out of the gate? No. In my humble opinion, Major Minus would have been the best one as their first official single. That would set the tone for the era much better than ETIAW.

I suppose another reason is that the lyrics of ETIAW sound like they were written by the boys' kids, instead of the boys themselves.
 

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Although admittedly I DO like the last minute of ETIAW.
You'll notice that corresponds to the point when Chris essentially stops "singing".


I like it far more than In My Place. And X&Y is my favourite album. Against the grain? I don't care!
You can't fool me; considering your immense disdain for IMP, you would like the sound of flies buzzing around donkey poo better than IMP. Doesn't really say much for any potential liking of ETIAW.
 

Mark

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True, but it kind of irked me. It would have been one thing if they [officially] released it as their second or third single, or if they just would have debuted it at the festivals (for the purposes of being a festival/concert song); but to have it be the first one out of the gate? No. In my humble opinion, Major Minus would have been the best one as their first official single. That would set the tone for the era much better than ETIAW.

I suppose another reason is that the lyrics of ETIAW sound like they were written by the boys' kids, instead of the boys themselves.
Lyrically it's not the best but this is a band that wrote "And it was all yellow".

I'm not sure I agree that a song labelled as the dark one should signal the start of the era - it's shaping up as an upbeat album, so maybe Charlie Brown should've been the first?

The last minute is fantastic though. Chris's performance reminds me of Thom Yorke on Idioteque in that its very rhythm-based.
 

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I'm not sure I agree that a song labelled as the dark one should signal the start of the era - it's shaping up as an upbeat album, so maybe Charlie Brown should've been the first?
I'm not sure I would consider MM to be "dark", but I agree with you that CB might have been have been a good first choice instead.


The last minute is fantastic though.
Well at least we're on the same page here. :dazzled:
 

Mark

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I don't think MM is that dark, but Chris seems to think it's the "villain" of the album. How many stories start with the villain?
 

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I like ETIAW, it's a song that makes me happy every time I listen to it. But I agree with some people here that it shouldn't have been released as the first single of Mylo Xyloto, in fact, I would like this song not to make it into the album. But I guess it will so..
 

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Why wouldn't someone like In My Place? :uhoh: I've been on the forum for a little more than a month so I must be missing out on many things, but you lot don't mean to say In My Place is X&Y's ETIAW, do you? I hope not.
 

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^I don't get that, X&Y's ETIAW?

I think, ETIAW is a little forced happy.
But I like it.

Major Minus is so much better though, I love that one.
 

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^If ETiaW ends up on MX's tracklist, many fans will consider it the worst track off the album.
I was wondering whether the same thing is with In My Place.
 

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I liked IMP at first but now I've grown to dislike it a lot and I always skip it.
 

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I love Etiaw.
Its such a happy ,fresh tune.

Very festive live.

Still I understand some of the criticism, lyrics probably,or the start of the song that sounds poppy.
 
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