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lennyrott1

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  1. Okay fine I'll say it. This album is straight up brave. Look it may not work for everyone, and I think all of us have at least a few tracks that feel underwhelming, but the highlights are instantly classic: Sunrise is stunning. Holy cow that's how you set the tone. Trouble In Towns transition and recording of a scary interaction with a cop is downright unsettling. I would have NEVER thought Coldplay would do this but it somehow works. Arabesaque. Daddy is shockingly effective. My favorite Coldplay piano track this decade. When I Need A Friend is transcendental. Guns is righteous anger. Eko is peace. Old Friends is warm and kind. Bani Adam is potentially their most gorgeous song ever. Champion of the World is a slinky britpop masterpiece. Cry Cry Cry takes you dancing. This era rocks. Can't wait for Flags.
  2. Right? Like I felt what he was saying deep. First time since their early work. Compare this to GS which didn't have the same emotion, imo.
  3. Got the leak this morning and listened once before heading into an intense all day work conference (perfect timing haha). I honestly don't really know how to talk about this album and I don't want to screw with anyone's expectations. So seriously, warning on this thread that this album is likely best taken as an experience all in one sitting -- not in little leaked snippets. [spoiler=Initial thoughts] That said, this album is a beast. I can see critics/coldplayers raving for it. I can see critics/coldplayers thinking its complete garbage. I can see even more in the middle of that spectrum. Why? On first listen, it's messy. No two songs sound remotely alike nor do two songs have similar lyrical content. Some of it's super dark and political and raw. Some is neatly produced, clean and light. Some songs are outright esoteric. You could literally listen to this thing and think it's a rushed mess or a carefully constructed, artful experience. Regardless, it demands to be heard, carefully and deliberately. Some songs made me smile (Cry Cry Cry, Orphans, Champion of the World) others made me truly sad (Daddy, Trouble In Town, When I needed a friend). I don't think there's a weak song on this entire album, but I do think there'll be a lot of debate on that. Tracks like Church kind of underwhelmed me, but I know others already love it. I feel like I need a few more listens and then hopefully by Nov. 22 I can truly know how i feel.
  4. Put in my vote for Sparks. Gosh I'd be so excited if it won. Lol honestly why is included? It almost feels like Coldplay put that there as joke given 90% of new fans probably couldn't hum sparks if they were asked. But then also maybe it's lowkey Coldplay seeking affirmation and hoping people still like Parachutes. Either way, really gave me a chuckle to see this poll. It's like, "What would you like performed live? Our catchy indie bop, Magic? Our biggest hit ever, Viva La Vida? Our modern EDM-inspired bangers? Or how about our all-time quietest, most introspective song?'
  5. My ramble was somewhat negative, and for that I apologize. Maybe it's the angst of knowing we have 2 long weeks before the album drops, maybe it's just the inherent cynicism of an Oldplayer. Despite some of my harsh words, I really am stoked about this new era and have my hopes up higher than anything since Viva. And the fact that we could be getting LP9 in 2020 is reason for even more excitement.
  6. Ramble incoming addressing recent interviews: Agree with the GS/AHFOD comparison for potential LP8/LP9 comparison. Makes me somewhat worried for whatever's next. AHFOD is my least fave Coldplay album, but I think part of that is the production by Stargate and some of the songwriting (Fun, XMTS), not the timing. So maybe LP9 will slap and it's dumb to worry? Overall though, I feel there's this constant see-saw between "We just want to release whatever we're feeling and don't care about what others think," and "We just want to release whatever we're feeling and some people didn't like our last thing so...." Like Chris referencing people not liking the superbowl performance is the same mentality the band had post X&Y: "We want to be the world's best band, not the biggest." For what it's worth, I loved the performance and it's focus on inclusivity and color. So Chris might say he doesn't care about what people think, but that's clearly not true. He'll say "it's very personal" but I'm sorry, Ghost Stories is one of the most impersonal break up albums ever. The lyrics on the Everyday Life track are as generalized as possible. The reason some people hate Chris is because his lyrics can come off as, well, like the thoughts of a 7th grader just figuring out heartbreak or that war is bad. I still love this music, but (most) Coldplay songs are extremely accessible and broad. So when Chris doesn't answer questions during interviews or says "we're not going to promote this" or "its very personal and different sounding," I am skeptical/frustrated. I hope EL proves me wrong and actually digs deeper. For every Guns, there's a Princess of China though....
  7. https://www.radio.com/music/alternative/chris-martin-of-coldplay-on-the-meaning-behind-orphans LP9 Basically confirmed. He says it was being saved for "just something else," and smiles. Then he goes on to say "I was saving it for the next thing we're doing." That dang daily star article was right...
  8. WHAT IS THE TRUTH!? Yeah I have the same question about short tracks. Are they for making money in the streaming age? Or is it truly a creative decision by Coldplay to distill songs down into tasty morsels or better "portions" as Chris said. I mean, probably the money right? But personally, so long as those songs flow well and really are packed with good stuff, I'm totally fine with it. Like if the first two minutes of ETIAW was just that, I'd still love it because the next two minutes basically just repeat the formula...
  9. I feel like they wouldn't have posted the teaser for Guns unless it's a single right? So maybe a single tomorrow/friday? It seems the new way to release singles is 1. Announce album 2. Start rolling out singles on spotify every week 3. Put them on the top of your streaming service in one collection (or EP) 4. See the streams pour in. Basically every time I've listened to EL on Spotify it will instantly go to Orphans then Arabasque and I sigh, realizing i Just listed to more than i intended. So why not add Guns to the list? Blink 182 had like 5 singles before their last album dropped and they put them in an EP format on Spotify making it easy to binge over and over.
  10. I like music for both purposes, personally. Coldplay's music has always had some slight "political" undertones, so to have one album really dig into their feelings and frustrations sounds good to me! So long as the music also slaps :) And something that might be politicized doesn't mean Coldplay shouldn't make art about it. At the end of the day, the world is really really frustrating, scary and confusing. Especially in 2019, I think people rising up and resisting a lot of the crap going down (violence, climate change, inequity, racism) is a good thing, and if Coldplay can contribute to that movement then go for it! Use your platform!
  11. Really interested to see if Gun's progresses into a heavier sounding, longer country song or if it is just a 2-minute acoustic guitar piece. I also love to see Coldplay go political, I just hope Chris can write a full song that has tact and isn't too generalized. I often feel his lyrics are a bit too general despite the good intentions. This seems very promising to me, but in this snippet he's tackling a lot of issues though, squeezing money out of low-income people, the sick, and then buy more guns. Not super focused....
  12. Posted this on the main LP8 - Everyday Life Thread but here's my ramble. I was walking home from the bars last night (a bit tipsy) and listened to this track 3 or 4 times and then have listened a bunch this morning and watched the live version. TLDR: Inessential Coldplay. Bummed that this album closer feels half baked and somewhat dull. Instrumental is okay, lyrics are okay but a bit on the nose. Forgettable overall, hope it fits better on album but not great single. [spoiler=Review] Yeah inessential Coldplay, like 5/10, might grow on me. The strings throughout are great, but i'm not a fan of the choice of using glossy, 80's keyboards and the dull, syruppy drumpad. Jonny's ambient guitar is again inaudible throughout most of the track (see Oceans, O, Army of One), which is one of my biggest newplay gripes. Guy's bassline is fine but kind of muddy in the mix. Lyrically, this is one of those tracks on a good day, I can just be like "okay cool Chris" but today I think they are too on the nose and lack any spice or poetry. Chris can sometimes be overly literal and he's doing that here, but of course the sentiment is nice. In some ways track feels like a mixture of all of Coldplay's era. The songwriting feels similar to X&Y, the guitar is similar to Paracthutes/AROBTTH, production is Ghost Stories/MX. But the song has no momentum. It doesn't really go anywhere or do anything as interesting as the opening strings. And even then, we have cooler string arrangements out of Colplay (Hypnotised, ALIENS, everything Viva, Birds). In summary it's a Chris Martin piano ballad (Up In Flames, O) and the band ends up just filling in the empty sound without adding much imagination to the track. Idk, it's cool to have a soft closer to an album i guess but if this is how they conclude this era, I'm worried I've been fooled into the first two singles being my fave tracks and then not liking a lot of the rest of the album. But also, maybe the rest of the album will be so full of awesome bangers and cool sounds that this track will feel like a satisfying ending. Idk.
  13. Not gonna lie, at first with Arabesque and Orphans I was thinking EL could slip into my fave album up with VLV and AROBTTH, assuming the album carries a consistent sound from these tracks (more meaningful, cool lyrics, jazz instrumentation, bouncy bass). But modern Coldplay really goes into a lot of genres so the last 3/4 of this album could be totally different. And as far as Everyday Life goes....well let's just say now I'm worried. [spoiler=My Everyday Life Track Review] Yeah inessential Coldplay, like 5/10, might grow on me. The strings throughout are great, but i'm not a fan of the choice of using glossy, 80's keyboards and the dull, syruppy drumpad. Jonny's ambient guitar is again inaudible throughout most of the track (see Oceans, O, Army of One), which is one of my biggest newplay gripes. Guy's bassline is fine but kind of muddy in the mix. Lyrically, this is one of those tracks on a good day, I can just be like "okay cool Chris" but today I think they are too on the nose and lack any spice or poetry. Chris can sometimes be overly literal and he's doing that here, but of course the sentiment is nice. In some ways track feels like a mixture of all of Coldplay's era. The songwriting feels similar to X&Y, the guitar is similar to Paracthutes/AROBTTH, production is Ghost Stories/MX. But the song has no momentum. It doesn't really go anywhere or do anything as interesting as the opening strings. And even then, we have cooler string arrangements out of Colplay (Hypnotised, ALIENS, everything Viva, Birds). In summary it's a Chris Martin piano ballad (Up In Flames, O) and the band ends up just filling in the empty sound without adding much imagination to the track. Idk, it's cool to have a soft closer to an album i guess but if this is how they conclude this era, I'm worried I've been fooled into the first two singles being my fave tracks and then not liking a lot of the rest of the album ....
  14. Cry Cry Cry ... whoa sounds like a classic doo-wop song,. The "cry cry cry" sounds sampled... maybe from Jonny cash pitched up? BrokEn ... cool lyrics and sounds like it will include a gospel choir, wonder what the instrumental will sound like.
  15. ^ Haha I listend to Arabesque like 10 times in a row and felt like I needed to take a breather, so I listened to all of Arcade Fire's Reflektor. Really love that album's vibe even though it divided a lot of fans. Arabesque is way more Jazzy than Reflektor, which is going for a more dark-disco dance vibe. One of my favorite openings to a track ever is Reflektor with the saxaphones....
  16. ^well maybe its like a mix of choral effects and jazz instrumentation? On Chris' "raw" and "earthy" comments -- Where do we see the Everyday Life Era fitting in sonically? Coldplay albums have never really fit one genre, especially the last few, but these comments make me wonder if a lot of the record is acoustic? Will they draw inspiration from early U2? Jazz obviously will play a role, but what does earthy mean? That makes me think of granola jam bands haha
  17. Short songs are kind of in right now. Makes them more streamable (profitable). But really I think a lot of artists, especially in hip-hop, are feeling more comfortable distilling a song down to it's essence and serving it up without traditional Opening - verse - bridge - chorus - verse - bridge chorus - verse/extended bridge - chorus - outro. Kind of gets predictable after a while. Agree what's most important is what your putting in that time. Did AOAL need the extra verse? I'd argue no because it had nothing to offer.
  18. Here's the spotify link - https://open.spotify.com/episode/6PtxIT42tPjlP0TSvG70M8?si=eXfZF50GTPu9Tuu0r9jSLg Just look up Mr. JWW podcast and you may find it elsewhere too. I bet we for sure get AT LEAST one more single. Looking at the calendar I feel like maybe the week of Nov. 7th would be a good time to drop two more single tracks in the same style as Arabesque and Orphans so we have 4 teasers going into the 16 track album.
  19. ^ well interestingly Guy just said on a podcast that they are looking forward to have some "concerts" soon. But then he said later on that they don't plan on touring the new album "everyday life".... So maybe the rumors are true that Everyday life is the experimental album and then they'll just drop another more tourable album after.
  20. Would they pull a repeat of Kaleidoscope and have this poem read out loud on the album as an interlude track? Very much the same message of Arabesque in the poem, but my best guess is that this is one of the shorter interludes? Or maybe they take us by surprise and it's a super swanky Arab Jazz song.
  21. Random guess; It's a nice acousticy song. Short and sweet, 2-3 minutes like the Goldrush.
  22. Don't know, but you bet Chris is gonna falsetto "Cry Cry Cryyyyyyyyyy"
  23. Sounds kinda piano-balladey sad and mopey. After the explosive ending to Arabesque I'd expect this one to sound quieter.
  24. Really an odd title. I like the theory that the En is for "eno" It's on the same disc as Arabesque. My guess is that this is one of the most alternative songs on the album?
  25. Historically, some of my top tracks have been track #2 (Birds, Magic, HLH, Cemeteries in London). Hoping it brings back viva vibes with church organs and big choirs and epic strings.
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