Today I learned I’m a nazi for liking classic Coldplay.
This x10000!! I honestly can’t stand to hear this electronic clap sound anymore. It sounds so incredibly generic and cheap.
Ok, now let’s go on to my review of the album. I’ve tried to be fairly unbiased and not hate anything just because it’s synthpop, nor praise it just because the name Coldplay is written on the album.
Nice opener with a groovy baseline. I would have preferred a wider production with a rawer sound.
One of the best songs on the album. It's far from being in their top ten but it's a creative song reminiscent of their past days.
If you like contemporary R’n’B, you’ll like this one. I can’t stand music like that. It’s the obligatory uninspired chart single made for the mass market. On the same level as PoC.
Calm piano ballad. A bit repetitive but okay as a more introspective counterpart to the mainly danceable rest of the album. Could have been better with a less prominent drum beat in the verse.
Funky song with Daft Punk feeling. I like that it's really lively without feeling artificial.
Can’t really connect to it. Maybe it will still grow on me.
Fairly creative interlude, but unfortunately not a full song.
Army of One: 6.5/10
IMO not as bad as everyone says. I really like the organ/synth sound. Unfortunately it doesn’t use its potential to burst open into a strong organ-backed chorus. This lack of a distinct chorus is the big weakness of the song, as was the case with Always In My Head.
X Marks the Spot: 2/10
I would honestly pay money to see the reaction of the Oldplayers on this forum listening to this song the first time. I guess it must have looked like this: :o
Needless to say that it's really sad to see a band who have written songs like Death and all his Friends write garbage like this. I have to say the beat isn’t actually the worst thing. I think it would even work on a hip-hop track with a good rapper (Swimming Pools by Kendrick Lamar has a similar beat). But Chris trying to rap is just pathetic and sounds awful. And the lyrics have never been cringier.
Amazing Day: 6/10
I remember I didn’t like the song, when I first heard it live. In the meantime it has grown a bit on me. The album version sounds better. It’s not an extraordinary song, but maybe it will grow on me even more. The “Us Against The World” of this album.
Colour Spectrum: 5/10
Up&Up: live 9/10, album 7/10
This could have been the strongest song on the record if it weren’t for the production. I get the idea of the song starting with this stripped-down sound, but with the first chorus a rhythmic piano accompaniment should have started to really let the song gain some momentum. The idea of this song is similar to “Hey Jude” - a great rock hymn with a long coda that builds up & up (sorry for that one :laugh3:). Unfortunately, the overly clean production and the electric drums stop the song from really taking off. I’m expecting this to be a great song played live.
As expected, Coldplay’s journey through mainstream pop continues. For people who have loved their classic sound this is really sad because, as many have mentioned before, music in the style of Stargate and Co. just feels so incredibly artificial and soulless. It may be suitable to dance to, but I would never sit down with a glass of wine after a stressful day to listen to some Avicii. Unfortunately Coldplay move more and more into that direction with their newest creations like HFTW and XMTS.
The main word I would use to describe this album is mediocre. There are some alright songs on the album but nothing outstanding. Maybe after a long hiatus they will come back again with an inspirational LP8. Until then I guess I’ll have to wait for the upcoming Radiohead album for some good new music.