Coldplay, X&Y (EMI, 2005)
Alright, it's the supposed album that's going to save the music industry. If we don't all run out and buy this, some tall Israeli's family is going to be forced to sell all of the silver in their teeth. Did I just say that? Because that really does have bad connotations. My bad.
This first track is pretty solid as far as these things go. It seems like it lacks any real defining melodic signature that would make it really memorable, but otherwise it's got pretty much all the hallmarks of a hot Coldplay song, no pun intended.
The thing about it is, by this point, Coldplay have gotten what they do down to such an exact science. Listening to this for the first time, I found myself thinking, "Wow, this would be a good time for one of those huge, anthemic choruses," and what do you know, out popped this huge, anthemic (if, again, not particularly memorable) chorus.
I imagine this will be a single at some point just because it's got a driving beat to it and that ringing guitar effect that people seem to like so much. I wish more of their songs rocked this hard - relatively speaking, of course.
At this point, I have hardly a sentimental bone in my body and this one hit me on a certain level. The droning organ that runs throughout kind of gives it the feel of funeral music or something.
I imagine this will be a single as well if for no other reason than the fact that I feel like I've heard this before, and this is my first time listening to this shit.
This title track is an early low-point. The chorus is decent enough if entirely obvious, but it doesn't have a lot going on otherwise to recommend it.
SPEED OF SOUND
The first single. You've more than likely heard it and have your own opinion of it at this point. I think it's pretty awesome.
Where I expected this to be the point at which the album falls to shit, I actually kinda like this one. Don't worry, it more or less falls to shit after this.
I should like this more because it's faster, but I don't. There's just not that much to it at all.
THE HARDEST PART
One thing that I will give this album is that it's got a very consistent feel to it, and not in that "These all sound the same" kind of way, even though that's sometimes the case if not always.
SWALLOWED IN THE SEA
Boring album filler bullshit. You can tell they were at least trying to do something really transcendent, but that they just fell way short - an apt metaphor for this album in general.
I don't really like this one at all.
TIL KINGDOM COME
I think that last one was actually the last track on the album and that this one is actually a "bonus track," but whatever. This one's actually pretty good, even if doesn't necessarily fit in as well with the rest of these songs.
COMMENTS: This is probably the weakest of the 3 Coldplay albums so far, but it's not for a lack of trying. This has more or less all of the hallmarks of a really good Coldplay album - relatively speaking, of course - but it sounds like they pretty much ran out of great songwriting ideas about halfway through that last album of theirs. What's left is pleasant if entirely unmemorable, if that's a word.
BEST TRACKS: "Talk" "Speed of Sound"