Coldplay – Every Teardrop is a Waterfall EP

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Time is of the essence right now- not only did I have to perform a pseudo-lecture about literature on Monday, but I have a couple of essays to get writing ASAP.  The music gods smiled upon me this week and released a short and sweet EP from Coldplay on iTunes (and in stores).  Being a Coldplay fan, I saw no reason not to purchase the three songs (one single and two B-sides) and figured “this will be my out”.  Not that I want to slack, but because it fits the bill.  So without further adieu, we shall explore what’s next for the band which, as I always say, you either love or loathe.

“Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” has been out (at least the audio) for quite some time now.  Like “Viva La Vida” before it, it has a tendency to both pave the way for the new Coldplay sound while holding tightly to their signature feel.  From the wonderful, ringing acoustic guitar to the bass drum hitting each beat in the verses, it’s both hard-hitting and light (paradoxically).  Coldplay straddles the line of rock and…well…an experience.  It’s not every day a CD can evoke an emotion and get the listener to feel the music.  Like U2 before them, songs have a distinct tone to them which create an atmosphere.  The interesting thing about the title track to this EP is that it’s about having a musical experience.  Coldplay knows exactly what they want to do here and I argue that they know precisely the full reach of their power.

“Major Minus” begins as a smoothly acoustic song but casually slips in and out of what sounds like a Chris Martin-led jam session.  And how interesting!  Like Lady Gaga with “Judas” earlier this year, this is Coldplay’s “Violet Hill” 2.0, I’d say.  Not only does it one-up the original, but reestablishes its relevancy.  There’s a refined smoothness to this track despite its sporadic beat and groovy lyricism.  There have been rumours that this song would be on the band’s next full album (and not just a B-side here); if it is, I’d be glad to see this as the direction they’re heading.

“Moving to Mars” contains Chris Martin drawling over a piano before the band starts picking up and changing their sound once more.  I’m on the fence about this song solely because there’s no pinpointing how far into the atmosphere they seem to want to go.  “Moving to Mars”, after all it is, seems empty and has none of the resonance seen in the similar track “Amsterdam” (from A Rush of Blood to the Head).

There is little bad to say otherwise.  Those who’ve been waiting for Coldplay since “Viva La Vida” and “Prospekt’s March” are only getting a taste of their yet-to-be-named fifth CD but it’s sure to keep these people interested.  Judging from the popularity of “Teardrop” and the interesting style of “Major Minus”, there’s a lot in store.

(7.5/10)

Oh yeah- and here’s the new video for the title track.  Enjoy!



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