kathy_p Posted March 19, 2005 Share Posted March 19, 2005 ok guys, one of the popular british newspapers has been given an exclusive listen to the album and here is a paraphrased version of their comments on each track: 1. SQUARE ONE Cert to open live shows. Heavy feel with lots of guitars and haunting lyrics. Chris sings: "Is there anybody out there who is lost and lonely too?" 2. WHAT IF Best song on the album and one of the band's best ever. Chris's soft voice and piano are in full force. When the anticipated guitar sound kicks in, reminiscent of Yellow, the hair on my neck stood on end. A Sergeant Pepper ending. 3. WHITE SHADOWS: Gospel inspired with lots of organ and a very U2 sounding riff. Chris was listening to reggae great Jimmy Cliff when he wrote this. 4. FIX YOU: Church organ start reminded me of Procol Harum's 1967 great A Whiter Shade of Pale. Cello and strings lead to an epic end to the five minute track. 5. X&Y: Heavily influenced by Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and Strawberry Fields from the Beatles. Starts with moving, soft vocals and strings. 6. SPEED OF SOUND: The first single. The opening piano reminded me of Clocks. Drummer Will shines and guitarist Jon adds riffs that Edge would be proud of. Very catchy. 7. A MESSAGE: Acoustic guitar and no doubt which Hollywood actress the songs's message is meant for. Lyrics include the line: "I'm nothing without you, I'm nothing on my own." 8. LOW: Big, festival sound. Will be great live with Guy's thumping bass and loud mix of guitars, synth and drums. Massive ending makes it spine-tingling. 9. LET'S TALK: Opens with a melody borrowed from Kraftwerk, though Coldplay do it with guitars, not synths. For me, this is one of the album's highlights. It's got No1 single written all over it. Vocal reminded me of The Killers. 10. SWALLOWED IN THE SEA: This could easily be a massive single with its haunting lyrics, apparently about the loss of a loved one. Chris's vocals are accompanied by a cello before the rest of the band kick in for a rousing finish. A touching, beautiful song. 11. TWISTED LOGIC: A sampe of Coldplay when they are angry. The lyrics are about what might happen to the world in the future if we don't look after our planet - or the people that live on it. kathy :) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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