Yes, we bought Coldplay’s newest album “Viva la Vida” on the day it came out. We are not rabid fans or anything like that, but I freely admit that I like everything they have done. This album is pretty great, even Tac likes it.

When you have a music blog, part of you wants to be too cool for bands that millions of people love. I was tempted to omit mentioning on this blog that I bought that particular album, because for some reason humans who have enough food to eat and shelter with running water, have the mental energy and feel compelled to come up with weird social laws telling us what is cool and hip. And liking a band as popular and mellow as Coldplay puts a person as far away from the fringe as is possible while still keeping their listening pallet’s integrity intact.

So there you have it, I’m not holding anything back from you.. no shameful secrets here. Ha ha, as if listening to Coldplay was in any way uncool, it’s just sometimes hard to admit to liking a band that people who listen to rap or Gwen Stephani also like. I am so glad when talented bands that I love make it big; THEY SHOULD, they are way more talented than most of the music enjoyed by radio listening mass population.

“Viva la Vida” is full of beautiful piano, and a plethera (see Hefe for the definition if you don’t already know) of other gorgeous instruments. The lyrics are engaging and totally worth listening to and I love his voice. This album fits nicely with the other albums as the band progresses and learns new things along the way.

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  2 Responses to “Coldplay’s Latest; Me and the Rest of the World Like It.”

  1. Amber and I have talked a lot about this anti-Coldplay almost entirely coming from critics. We jumped on the Coldplay bandwagon when the “Parachutes” album came out and we own every CD (no downloads), including b-sides. They create good melodies, the music makes you feel good, and we don’t feel they sound as much like U2 or Radiohead as the critics say. We think that the critics choose to pan Coldplay so often because the bandmembers are essentially boring. They’re not self-destructive like Winehouse or coarse/obtuse like some rappers and other rockstars. They’re normal guys that write music well. However, the critics (living vicariously throught the artists they review) also want to appear hardcore/edgy/cool and liking a band of normal guys that are non-offensive doesn’t cater to their vanity. There is no shame in liking Coldplay. “Viva la Vida” is a great step forward for the band in creativity. This is a great post because you are standing up and saying ‘Coldplay is alright’, thus standing up to the critics. I sometimes feel that the critics try to shame us into liking or disliking something and many of us, unfortunately, fall for it. Viva la Jen!

  2. I almost forgot. We’re gonna be in Boise the first week of August. Y’all gonna be around?

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