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(08 DEC 2014) Coldplay Performing on BBC Radio Theatre for The Jo Whiley Show


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an amazing review:

 

Coldplay, BBC Radio Theatre: 'still at height of their powers'

Despite talk of their disbanding, Chris Martin and Co remain at the top of their game

 

7725164-high_res-_3131955b.jpg

 

Coldplay have been in the news this week with reports that their next album might be their last. I imagine certain curmudgeonly rock fans will be cheering at the prospect, although, on this evidence, even the hardest hearted critic will miss them when they are gone.

 

Who else is going to deliver those epic songs that tug the heartstrings and fill the rafters, smashing together the sonic ambition of 21st Century post-Radiohead electronic art rock with the classic melodic songcraft of Paul McCartney? Love them or hate them, people are rarely indifferent to songs that, once heard, you cannot get out of your head.

 

Coldplay have had one of the biggest successes of 2014 with their smallest scale work, a subdued, lovelorn, moody set about surviving a broken heart. Actually rather intimate and lovely, Ghost Stories doesn't boast the quartet's usual anthemic gusto but in live performance it gains another dimension.

 

The sincerity essential to everything Coldplay do invests these songs with real emotional heft, bringing a quality of sharp focus to a sound that might otherwise drift towards chill out ambience. Coldplay are often characterised as soft or weedy but there is a grit and grain to their performance that makes their emotional core unsentimentally effective.

 

There's usually not much call for all the bells and whistles of stadium rock on radio but Coldplay packed the room with lasers and confetti, turning the small BBC theatre into a fairy grotto Santa would have been dazzled by.

 

There is more to Coldplay than production values, however. With a backline of six keyboards and other synth gadgets that various members deploy, the sound is heavily electronic, with even Johnny Buckland's guitar so effects laden it barely sounds like a string instrument.

 

But they play with the muscular charisma of a rock band, driven by demon drummer Will Champion and linking with the unity and personality of a gang. Chris Martin is a star with an unusually relaxed presence for a rock frontman but also a real sense of being present. He holds the attention, vocally and physically, but Coldplay is a group who play like they belong together, creating a sound bigger, lusher and more physical than seems possible from just four individuals.

 

At their last gig of the year, Martin joked about all the members agreeing to do one more album before pursuing other careers as extras in Game of Thrones or participating in the world bagpipe championship in Stoke on Trent. I'd be very surprised if it is really the end of the affair.

 

This is a group at the height of their powers who looks and sound like they are having a lot of fun together. Long may they continue to do so.

 

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Coldplay have had one of the biggest successes of 2014 with their smallest scale work, a subdued, lovelorn, moody set about surviving a broken heart.

 

this just reminded me how big they are still almost 20 years into their career. and arguably, coldplay weren't selling GS anywhere near as hard as for the other albums.

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an amazing review:

 

Coldplay, BBC Radio Theatre: 'still at height of their powers'

Despite talk of their disbanding, Chris Martin and Co remain at the top of their game

 

7725164-high_res-_3131955b.jpg

 

Coldplay have been in the news this week with reports that their next album might be their last. I imagine certain curmudgeonly rock fans will be cheering at the prospect, although, on this evidence, even the hardest hearted critic will miss them when they are gone.

 

Who else is going to deliver those epic songs that tug the heartstrings and fill the rafters, smashing together the sonic ambition of 21st Century post-Radiohead electronic art rock with the classic melodic songcraft of Paul McCartney? Love them or hate them, people are rarely indifferent to songs that, once heard, you cannot get out of your head.

 

Coldplay have had one of the biggest successes of 2014 with their smallest scale work, a subdued, lovelorn, moody set about surviving a broken heart. Actually rather intimate and lovely, Ghost Stories doesn't boast the quartet's usual anthemic gusto but in live performance it gains another dimension.

 

The sincerity essential to everything Coldplay do invests these songs with real emotional heft, bringing a quality of sharp focus to a sound that might otherwise drift towards chill out ambience. Coldplay are often characterised as soft or weedy but there is a grit and grain to their performance that makes their emotional core unsentimentally effective.

 

There's usually not much call for all the bells and whistles of stadium rock on radio but Coldplay packed the room with lasers and confetti, turning the small BBC theatre into a fairy grotto Santa would have been dazzled by.

 

There is more to Coldplay than production values, however. With a backline of six keyboards and other synth gadgets that various members deploy, the sound is heavily electronic, with even Johnny Buckland's guitar so effects laden it barely sounds like a string instrument.

 

But they play with the muscular charisma of a rock band, driven by demon drummer Will Champion and linking with the unity and personality of a gang. Chris Martin is a star with an unusually relaxed presence for a rock frontman but also a real sense of being present. He holds the attention, vocally and physically, but Coldplay is a group who play like they belong together, creating a sound bigger, lusher and more physical than seems possible from just four individuals.

 

At their last gig of the year, Martin joked about all the members agreeing to do one more album before pursuing other careers as extras in Game of Thrones or participating in the world bagpipe championship in Stoke on Trent. I'd be very surprised if it is really the end of the affair.

 

This is a group at the height of their powers who looks and sound like they are having a lot of fun together. Long may they continue to do so.

 

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this just reminded me how big they are still almost 20 years into their career. and arguably, coldplay weren't selling GS anywhere near as hard as for the other albums.

 

About time someone wrote the Truth! Bless whoever wrote that review. It's so perfect and so true.

 

Long live the charisma of Coldplay! They deserve every single nice word said about them and more....yay bloody brilliant!!!

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Thanks gai for posting that review

 

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Coldplay have had one of the biggest successes of 2014 with their smallest scale work, a subdued, lovelorn, moody set about surviving a broken heart.

 

Sometimes the smallest gestures make the biggest impression

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an amazing review:

 

Coldplay, BBC Radio Theatre: 'still at height of their powers'

Despite talk of their disbanding, Chris Martin and Co remain at the top of their game

 

7725164-high_res-_3131955b.jpg

 

Coldplay have been in the news this week with reports that their next album might be their last. I imagine certain curmudgeonly rock fans will be cheering at the prospect, although, on this evidence, even the hardest hearted critic will miss them when they are gone.

 

Who else is going to deliver those epic songs that tug the heartstrings and fill the rafters, smashing together the sonic ambition of 21st Century post-Radiohead electronic art rock with the classic melodic songcraft of Paul McCartney? Love them or hate them, people are rarely indifferent to songs that, once heard, you cannot get out of your head.

 

Coldplay have had one of the biggest successes of 2014 with their smallest scale work, a subdued, lovelorn, moody set about surviving a broken heart. Actually rather intimate and lovely, Ghost Stories doesn't boast the quartet's usual anthemic gusto but in live performance it gains another dimension.

 

The sincerity essential to everything Coldplay do invests these songs with real emotional heft, bringing a quality of sharp focus to a sound that might otherwise drift towards chill out ambience. Coldplay are often characterised as soft or weedy but there is a grit and grain to their performance that makes their emotional core unsentimentally effective.

 

There's usually not much call for all the bells and whistles of stadium rock on radio but Coldplay packed the room with lasers and confetti, turning the small BBC theatre into a fairy grotto Santa would have been dazzled by.

 

There is more to Coldplay than production values, however. With a backline of six keyboards and other synth gadgets that various members deploy, the sound is heavily electronic, with even Johnny Buckland's guitar so effects laden it barely sounds like a string instrument.

 

But they play with the muscular charisma of a rock band, driven by demon drummer Will Champion and linking with the unity and personality of a gang. Chris Martin is a star with an unusually relaxed presence for a rock frontman but also a real sense of being present. He holds the attention, vocally and physically, but Coldplay is a group who play like they belong together, creating a sound bigger, lusher and more physical than seems possible from just four individuals.

 

At their last gig of the year, Martin joked about all the members agreeing to do one more album before pursuing other careers as extras in Game of Thrones or participating in the world bagpipe championship in Stoke on Trent. I'd be very surprised if it is really the end of the affair.

 

This is a group at the height of their powers who looks and sound like they are having a lot of fun together. Long may they continue to do so.

 

link

 

 

 

 

this just reminded me how big they are still almost 20 years into their career. and arguably, coldplay weren't selling GS anywhere near as hard as for the other albums.

 

I loved that review..Amazing that it is the 1st review this era that doesn't focus or even mention Chris' private life affairs :thumbsup:

& it actually talks about the band as a group of people, not just a frontman & some random people..

 

Great review :nice:

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an amazing review:

 

Coldplay, BBC Radio Theatre: 'still at height of their powers'

Despite talk of their disbanding, Chris Martin and Co remain at the top of their game

 

7725164-high_res-_3131955b.jpg

 

Coldplay have been in the news this week with reports that their next album might be their last. I imagine certain curmudgeonly rock fans will be cheering at the prospect, although, on this evidence, even the hardest hearted critic will miss them when they are gone.

 

Who else is going to deliver those epic songs that tug the heartstrings and fill the rafters, smashing together the sonic ambition of 21st Century post-Radiohead electronic art rock with the classic melodic songcraft of Paul McCartney? Love them or hate them, people are rarely indifferent to songs that, once heard, you cannot get out of your head.

 

Coldplay have had one of the biggest successes of 2014 with their smallest scale work, a subdued, lovelorn, moody set about surviving a broken heart. Actually rather intimate and lovely, Ghost Stories doesn't boast the quartet's usual anthemic gusto but in live performance it gains another dimension.

 

The sincerity essential to everything Coldplay do invests these songs with real emotional heft, bringing a quality of sharp focus to a sound that might otherwise drift towards chill out ambience. Coldplay are often characterised as soft or weedy but there is a grit and grain to their performance that makes their emotional core unsentimentally effective.

 

There's usually not much call for all the bells and whistles of stadium rock on radio but Coldplay packed the room with lasers and confetti, turning the small BBC theatre into a fairy grotto Santa would have been dazzled by.

 

There is more to Coldplay than production values, however. With a backline of six keyboards and other synth gadgets that various members deploy, the sound is heavily electronic, with even Johnny Buckland's guitar so effects laden it barely sounds like a string instrument.

 

But they play with the muscular charisma of a rock band, driven by demon drummer Will Champion and linking with the unity and personality of a gang. Chris Martin is a star with an unusually relaxed presence for a rock frontman but also a real sense of being present. He holds the attention, vocally and physically, but Coldplay is a group who play like they belong together, creating a sound bigger, lusher and more physical than seems possible from just four individuals.

 

At their last gig of the year, Martin joked about all the members agreeing to do one more album before pursuing other careers as extras in Game of Thrones or participating in the world bagpipe championship in Stoke on Trent. I'd be very surprised if it is really the end of the affair.

 

This is a group at the height of their powers who looks and sound like they are having a lot of fun together. Long may they continue to do so.

 

link

 

 

 

 

this just reminded me how big they are still almost 20 years into their career. and arguably, coldplay weren't selling GS anywhere near as hard as for the other albums.

 

I loved that review..Amazing that it is the 1st review this era that doesn't focus or even mention Chris' private life affairs :thumbsup:

& it actually talks about the band as a group of people, not just a frontman & some random people..

 

Great review :nice:

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