Coldplay Warms Up the Summer

The boys turned me on to Chris Martin and Coldplay a while back. Since then their stuff has become my favorite chill-and-escape-while-I-workout-at-the-gym-after-a-hard-day-at-work music on my iPod. I get so lost in “Clocks” on the elliptical trainer that I totally forget what time it is.

That’s right, put me down as a Coldplay man. How bourgeois of me, I know.

Speaking of fancy French words, Coldplay’s latest album Viva la Vida is here and I’m listening to it as I write. For those who think Chris Martin’s screeching falsetto is like fingernails-on-the-chalkboard, you will be greatly relieved that there’s much less of that in the new album. And for those who have thought previous Coldplay albums have relied too much on repetition and old-tricks-repackaged, this one has more flavors than Baskin-Robbins, thanks to producer Brian Eno of U2 fame.

The early reviews (here, here and here) are favorable, even if begrudgingly. Every now and then, the hype comes true (or at least close).

The temperature is rising outside, and Coldplay’s latest will warm up the summer even more.

  1. kristiS

    Is that what it takes to get through elliptical workouts? I’m willing to try anything at this point. So far even the lure of cable television in the gym hasn’t worked for me.

  2. Mike the Eyeguy

    It takes an altered state of consciousness to get me 45 minutes on that thing.

  3. Jason Bybee

    I love Coldplay. Is it the most “important” music in the world? No, but I’m surprised at the near universal disdain of them. I can think of a lot of “mindless music for dull people” that is a lot less pleasant. I guess liking Coldplay makes me musically shallow or something.

  4. Mike the Eyeguy

    Well, you know, if that’s the case, then I’m right in the shallow boat with you.

    But I bet even our high-brow music aficionado friend Scott might like a track or two from the new album.

    NOT! 🙂

  5. Jason Bybee

    Yeah. He’s the definition of “music elitist”.

    By the way, I shared your assessment of “The Happening”. I’ve enjoyed most of Shymalan’s work and I’ve even given him a pass on his less-inspiring material (Lady in the Water). But this one was not good. It wasn’t Indy 4 bad, but still.

  6. JRB

    No big surprise here, big brother, but I’ve been listening to Coldplay all afternoon and am interested in the new joint dropping today.

    I confess to thinking that I loved their music from the first “Yellow,” then thought maybe I didn’t as a result of the cool-backlash to their quick, quick ascent: “Wait, if everyone likes them, they must not be cool, unless their U2, but wait, he’s really into Fair Trade, but everyone likes them, so they can’t be cool. WHAT’S A LIB TO DO!?” So I just resigned myself to like them.

    Also, Gwyneth Paltrow.

  7. Mike the Eyeguy

    Just join with the rest of the hoi polloi and sing along, JRB.

    Amen to Gwyneth. I’m afraid I’m old enough to have had a huge crush on her mother, Blythe Danner, as a youth.

    @Jason: Number One saw the new Indy and thought is was okay but nowhere near the excellence of the originals. I’ll probably wait for the DVD now that it’s been panned so much.

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