my prediction is album of the year
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It's not the politics in the music..I listen to Neil Young, so I can handle politics IN the music.
It's the tendency these dolts have to use their "fame" to spout crap outside of music that bothers me. Hollywood types do the same thing...they feel that their accomplishment in their craft makes them authorities in public and political arenas as well. I mean, I think Martin Sheen is a great actor, but his political views are somewhat whacked to me.
To quote Zappa once again- "Shut up and play yer guitar!"
Politics aside ... I am curious whether the Coldplay's X&Y is Copy Controlled in all regions. I know the Canadian verison will have CC ... What about USA, UK, Japan, Australian version. I am f' fed up with EMI and CC, as the last two discs with Copy Control 'protection' will not play in my emmLabs CDSD, without producing annoying clicks, snaps and pops. Rather than risk wasting my money on the Canadian disc, I want to find an unprotected version. Has anyone had any problems playing their X&Y on a high-end CDP due to the dreaded Copy COntrolled disc technology ?
I read a magazine that interviewed Martin, he is an idiot, I enjoy pop and rock like anyone else, but if you think it takes a big brain to write what coldplay does you are atleast as guilty of being an idiot as they are. They have been called "the next U2"....that fits me fine because U2 were another bunch of self-important assholes.
And yes I bought the "Rush" CD from C.P., I guess I drank the Kool-Aid that time.
I am pretty cool with people calling them Genious..he can be King of the idiots.
Not that critics make up our minds for us, they at least give us food for thought. In this past Sunday's New york Times, on the front page of one of the sections, there was a review of the latest Coldplay--not very flattering. I think every fan of Coldplay and fan of pop/rock should read this. I am a fan of the pop/rock genre, but Coldplay leaves me, well, a little cold.
Speaking of political statements in pop music: I'm a big fan of Bright Eyes music. Love the recent single, "When the President talks to God". It's currently a free download at the Apple Music Store. Sounds to me like a combination of Dylan and Beck on that particular tune. He's an acquired taste for sure.
Coldplay? I can take'em or leave'em. Don't know nothing about their politics but don't see a damn thing wrong with using a public position to speak ones mind. Don't understand why so many Americans get so riled up over someone speaking their opinions about politics. Some folks seem to view speaking about your politics (especially if it does not agree with their own) as if the offending party sodomized a chicken on public television during primetime. As far as the music goes, pop is as pop does. Stupid is...well...stupid is as Bush does (since we're speaking of idiots here).
It's the bald dude with the shades Albert....he bugs me! He got the bad mojo! My dog told me so! Watch out for him! He's likely to be responsible for some really bad policy decisions that had the band playing those huge-ass venues where the acoustics are about as good as my bathroom with your head planted halfway into the toilet (don't ask me how I know that).
I wish I could same, but my experience differs. I already heard the leaked version of X&Y last week and I must say I was underwhelmed with the record. I think I have to agree with the reviews by pitchforkmedia.com and NY Times. It is enjoyable, but not great !
Nonetheless, I bought the disc today and unfortunately, it is Copy Controlled (Canada version). Within 5 seconds of listening to the first track on my emmlabs CDSD, I heard the expected snaps, crackles, and pops that I have heard on the last 3 EMI discs I have bought in the last few months featuring this corrupted technology. Fortunately, the record store promised they would accept it back in the event that it was unplayable. Unfortunately, I understand the EMI will eventually use this technology worldwide in the near future. They desperately need to fix this technology to ensure that legal consumers can freely play back these discs in all CD players !
I'm intending a full review on Lugs along with a whole pile of other stuff.
I am far from making the definitive judgement on the music at this stage but it is clear already that lyrically it really is sub par.Moon in June wouldn't cover it.
I pose a challenge to those raving about this record and yes I can hear that some of the music sounds intially very good.
With the exception of Fix It who really grasps what any of these songs are about?
Maybe it doesn't matter but Coldplay are being touted as the next big "statement" band.
Consider the best lyrics of Stipe,Yorke and even the Bono at the same age and tell me that Chris Martin has even a fraction of their invention,craft or individuality.
All I hear are platitudes, really bad rhymes and some kind of other worldy wishy washy "searching".
I am not saying the album is a turkey as clearly there is some real talent in the band BUT as the band of the moment I have to ask.
What is it exactly Coldplay are saying?
Of course not many people care about that and it might explain why their last album sold ten million copies.
This is their time for sure.
Very nice reply and I totally see your point. While I am a Music Junkie and my favorite artists are somewhat out of the norm or the popular music realm. (Paul Westerberg, Mike Ness/Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Afgan Whigs, Wilco, etc)
I guess I do not examine or base as much importance on lyrical context or content. Maybe I should pay a little more attention to it. I look for music that moves me and gets my feet moving. Anyway, I will look very forward to reading your reviews as I truly enjoyed your review on the Waterboys and Radiohead on Lugs Reviews.
As I have only listened to the new ColdPlay three times now, hopefully I will figure out exactly what they are saying myself.
Don't get me wrong I believe a great tune with bad lyrics is still a great tune.
Great lyrics on their own without the music isn't much-the magic happens when they blend and ignite and it DOESN'T need to be profund.
I listen to a wider range of music, a fair bit of it instrumental.
I just feel if Coldplay are the rightful successors to the throne as they are so often heralded as then they should have the whole package. Chris Martin in lyrical terms just doesn't deliver.