Coldplay - Speed Of Sound
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OK, I was intending not to touch this one, and just be happy with praising the minimalist album cover, but in the end a cultural moment of this magnitude is just begging for "Captain Cynical" (as dylan so kindly labelled me) to take a poke at.
To give you an idea of the hype and signifcance around this, it's the first time a British band has directly entered the US Singles Top 10 since The Beatles released Hey Jude in 1968.
Coldplay bigger than the Beatles?
Not on your life.
This is still wuss-rock of the highest order, and it's as if someone has simply entered in all the signature-cliche coldplay elements from their last major hit (the piano from "Clocks", the Eno-esque synth echo from, er "Clocks", the guitar riff from um, that'd be, "Clocks") into Pro Tools, and spat this track out the other end 5 seconds later. Clocks-lite, if you like.
Oh, and thematically there's also lots of astronomical-type guff in the lyrics ("planets are moving at the speed of light", "and the earth is gone flying at the speed of sound" - looks like Mr Martin failed his Science O-levels)
It's still a decent song though, after all, this is good ol' dependable, reliable Coldplay. So I have no qualms handing out a "not so bad, not so good" rating of ...