My thoughts on the EP:
1. All I Can Think About Is You
In terms of instrumentation and song flow, this is one of Coldplay's best songs in existence, but lyrically and vocally, it's pretty underwhelming. The lyrics make zero sense and that vocal effect doesn't match the songs natural instrumentation at all. I honestly ignore Chris entirely on this one. Other than that, fantastic banger.
2. Miracles (Someone Special)
This was the one song I was worried about, but now it's one of my favorite songs by them. It has a pretty bouncy beat but has Jonny's glittery funk-style rhythm guitar that isn't covered up by anything. The only weird thing is that the strings stop twice in the beginning for some dumb reason? Big Sean's rapping is clean and uplifting and that chorus is kind of reminiscent of the first Miracles and manages to give me chills thinking what it would be like if they play it live when I see them soon. Very good collaboration.
3. A L I E N S
One of Coldplay's best songs ever. This is instrumentation diversity and experimentation at their finest. The beat is very driving and the vast collection of strange synths and sounds work very well alongside natural strings, Jonny's X&Yish riffs, and acoustic guitar. It actually takes me to space. The fact that it's in 5/4 time signature is even better because it just shows that Coldplay is pushing themselves to do new and weird things (the last time they did that, a little album called Viva came out). The end part with Will singing is really cool too.
4. Something Just Like This-Tokyo Remix
While the studio version is still underwhelming and uninteresting, this version is backed up by the energy of thousands of Tokyo audience members and the sheer power of Coldplay live. You can almost feel like you're there. Much better than the original studio mix.
5. Hypnotised-EP Mix
The addition of chimes is a welcome prelude to another one of Coldplay's best songs. Glorious piano, wailing guitar, soundscape-filling strings, and the first time Chris ques Jonny on his solo with his nickname "J!" in a studio recorded song. Very good ending for a short but well constructed EP.
Overall rating: 8/10
Will be purchasing on CD, especially for the cheap $5 Amazon price.
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