Coldplay’s fourth single from X&Y, The Hardest Part is catchy and easy to listen to, but unfortunately in exactly the same way as any other Coldplay single is.
The song lives up to the band’s usual high standard of radio-friendly sublime ballads. It’s excellent mellow music to have in the background and wind down to, it’s instantly accessible to the listener and has almost universal appeal.
Somehow sounding familiar on even the first listen, it takes us through with the same mid-tempo pop fronted with unremarkable lyrics before the same old kick into a falsetto-laden chorus, much the same as Clocks or Speed of Sound.
The Hardest Part is by no means a bad song. It’s actually quite a good song, but with little different to recommend it from those that have come before it from a band which has found a winning formula and seems happy to stagnate and rest on their laurels.
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