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Coldplay X&Y

Jun 7, 03:56 PM · from the mouth of Jim

Hey girls-

I just picked up the latest Coldplay album, X&Y at Target and I can say that I already like the crap out of it. I’m listening to it as I’m typing this and have only heard about 50%, but I’m diggin’ it big time.

I kind of took a chance since I haven’t heard much Coldplay before, but the little that I had heard, I enjoyed, so I figured “what the hell…” I’m rather glad I did and i’d highly recommend it.

So yeah… go buy it.




Comment [14]

  1. Tyler responds with:

    Cool man. I was wondering how it was. I read a pretty lousy review of it last night in Rolling Stone. They only gave it 3 stars. But I think the reviewers can be a little pretentious sometimes. I also read a review of the new White Stripes album, Get Behind Me Satan, in the same issue. They gave it 4 1/2 stars, which is very rare for RS. So I bought it off iTunes today (that’s right. I BOUGHT it). So far it’s really cool, but almost leaning a little too much towards artsy/creative. Not that creativity is a bad thing! But I think it’s almost a little too experimental to get the 4 1/2 star rating, which is better than excellent… it’s classic! The reviewer said it beat the pants off of their last release, Elephant, like that one beat the pants off White Blood Cells. However, I don’t think it’s quite as “listenable” as Elephant.

    Here’s a classic example of what I mean: Possible the best album in the world is Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue. If you’re going to have one Jazz CD in the world, let it be Kind of Blue. In the 70’s, Davis got really experimental and came out with Bitches Brew, a 2-disc opus of whacked out acid jazz. It was heralded as one of the most creative works ever. I have both, and and am glad I do. (I actually got Bitches Brew when you guys were visiting last year.) But as creative as that album is, it’s just not as listenable as Kind of Blue, which is not only the most defining of Miles Davis’s myriad albums, it’s also beautiful. Sometimes, I think aesthetics are as important, if not moreso, than creative and experimental thinking.

    That was sort of the reviewer’s main critisism of X&Y… that it tries too hard to be radio-friendly. Whereas the White Stripes don’t try for radio playability at all (aside from the first track, Blue Orchid.) There has to be a balance, I think.
    · Jun 7, 05:24 PM
  2. Tyler responds with:

    Oh, I will have to agree with what Bryan said a few days ago… The new System of a Down album, Mezmerize, is awesome. It’s got the balance I mentioned above.
    · Jun 7, 05:35 PM
  3. Tyler responds with:

    Get Behind Me Satan featured on All Songs Considered.
    · Jun 7, 06:49 PM
  4. Tyler responds with:

    Norwegian Jazz pianist Tord Gustavsen on NPR

    I’ve got his previous album, and it’s gorgeous. I like hearing him speak in this interview. I had no idea how young he is, and I’m impressed by his English… almost no accent!

    At least listen to the interview.
    · Jun 7, 06:59 PM
  5. Jackie responds with:

    Jake and I went out and bought the Coldplay cd tonight, and it’s awesome. I would have to agree with Jim in saying that I love it. I have listened to quite a bit of Coldplay before this and they are just such a great group. Anywho I definitely suggest everyone go buy it.
    · Jun 7, 11:35 PM
  6. Jim responds with:

    Hahaha… OK, so although I’m still very pleased with the CD, I had to laugh when I saw Ty’s comments. I have to say that I’m a tiny bit less impressed now that I have listened to it in full a few times. (I was installing new blinds last night and we ended up looping the CD.)

    In any case, my initial reaction of liking it still holds true, however, I can see the reviewer’s criticism. By the end of the CD, you feel as though you have listened to a whole string of radio mixes, and although it is far more creative and varying than most of the swill on the radio, it does miss that “balance” a little. If they had mixed things up a tiny bit more for that balance that TyTy is talking about, they could have had a truly fantastic album. If I was to visualize what’s wrong with this album, I’d have to say that it draws a line that is far above average, but it’s straight – if that makes any sense? :)

    However, I can still say that it is quite worth the money and it will definitely be listened to. I’d still recommend that people purchase it.

    And now for the White Stripes – hopefully I’ll have a chance to listen to it today. Some friends of mine here at work bought it at the same time I bought the Coldplay CD and they already have mixed feelings. I’m hoping that Kevin will let me listen to it today at work.

    Anyway, back to the mundane…
    · Jun 8, 12:55 PM
  7. jake responds with:

    I haven’t gotten to listen to the whole album yet, but I liked what I’ve heard so far.

    If I understand you Yimmy, you’re saying that it’s good content, but no variety? As in, you’d be happy with a handful of the songs, but the entire CD gets monotonous after hearing it a couple times in a row?

    Oh yeah, and I’m sure Kevin can let you borrow The White Stripes, we all know how persuasive you can be… you big love machine.
    · Jun 8, 01:37 PM
  8. Tyler responds with:

    I love stumbling across old albums you forgot you had. I just listened to The White Stripes (which I like more after hearing it a second time), and the next album in the list alphabetically was Giant Steps by John Coltrane. Ahhhh. It doesn’t get much better than that.
    · Jun 8, 02:01 PM
  9. jake responds with:

    Anybody got some money to burn? Pink Floyd to reform for London Live 8 concert

    I saw the Storytellers: Coldplay and it actually reminded me of how I was introduced to them. I hadn’t really payed any attention to them originally and on my way back from Ireland a couple years ago I couldn’t sleep. On the TV, in-between reruns of Friends, they had a mini biography on them. I was very impressed with their views on partying and drugs, etc.
    · Jun 12, 05:44 PM
  10. Tyler responds with:

    My God.

    It’s a miracle.

    I didn’t think it would ever happen.

    This is too good to be true.

    It can’t be true, can it?

    It must be!

    I just hope it sticks.

    After 24 years, there will once again be a complete Pink Floyd.
    · Jun 13, 02:19 PM
  11. Jim responds with:

    Dudes, know anyone that wants a good deal on a used soul? Cuz I’m seriously considering selling mine to go see them…

    TyTy, let’s pray to the goat that this isn’t a one-shot deal.

    · Jun 15, 01:00 PM
  12. Tyler responds with:

    This is how I know I’m marrying the right woman: I told her the news. She likes Pink Floyd, but isn’t crazy-obsessed with them like I am. I told her the show’s in London and the only way to get tickets is to enter a cellular text message competition. So, she said, “Enter. If you win tickets, it was meant to be. We’ll fly you out there.”

    I love that woman.

    Of course, after looking closely at the rules, I saw that the text message thing is only open to UK residents.
    · Jun 15, 01:35 PM
  13. Tyler responds with:

    I thought I’d break up the conversation about wedding garb and jump back to the Coldplay discussion. If anyone’s going to check this, that is…

    So anyway, I took all y’all’s advice and bought X&Y off of iTunes. And it just goes to show that you shouldn’t always take a critic’s word as gospel. People just have different tastes. The Rolling Stone critic didn’t like X&Y that much yet hailed the new White Stripes as one of the best albums ever. I on the other hand think the new Coldplay is GREAT, and the White Stripes is awesome too, but maybe not as remarkable as he thought it was. And like I said, I think critics tend to be a little pretentious.

    I think I was hesitant to buy X&Y because I absolutely LOVE Coldplay’s first album, Parachutes, but I’m not super crazy about the one that followed, A Rush of Blood to the Head. So maybe I feared that they were on a decline.

    And this new album isn’t perfect either. There are one or two songs on it that I don’t love. And one thing I do love about Parachutes is that they’ve got some real mellow, almost mysterious ballads. The song “Spies” is a prime example. It’s slow and deep and complex and beautiful. I don’t hear that sound on this new album, but it more than makes up for it with a new sound that is already growing on me.

    So I guess what I mean is, “Good call, Jim and Jake and Jackie!”
    · Jun 21, 02:21 PM
  14. TyTy responds with:

    You know, as I listen to this album, I realize it’s got a lot of U2 sound to it. Some of the songs have this driving driving beat, almost a dance beat, with powerful rythm guitar. Much like some of the more recent U2 stuff.

    · Jun 23, 08:12 PM
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