Discussion in 'Pop & Justice' started by B.A.D., Oct 21, 2019.
Upside Down did it better.
Ooof that is harsh.
I was a Coldplay fan from Parachutes until about Viva La Vida and these days I just don''t connect with their music or even recognise them as the same band. I get wanting to grow artistically but often their music just sounds like they are chasing a hit.
So 10 months later and the day came (saw them Friday), and I can easily say that it was one of the best concerts I have ever been to in my entire life. The songs from the new album worked really well live, the crowd was amazing and seeing the whole of a sold out Wembley Stadium light up with the wristbands was incredible.
It's given me a whole new love for them, and the album, that I didn't really have before.
I'm seeing them on Sunday. Really looking forward to it, hopefully London Grammar are still the support as the date had been moved.
Weirdly their concerts have been all over my fyp on TikTok, looks like a decent show though.
I feel the same. Last track I really liked is Up & Up, especially for the video. Feels so strange to say I can’t connect to their music anymore, but that’s the simple truth, and I’m kinda sad about it. The BTS duet doesn’t sound like an attempt to make an artistry statement… but Chris and the band seem happy the way the band is doing, so it’s gotta be fine this way.
I'm not giving up on Coldplay because there's been a pattern since the Viva La Vida days: follow a more adventurous, experimental album with a commercial sounding one that feels on trend. That means I love Viva La Vida, Ghost Stories, and Everyday Love, but am indifferent at best to Mylo Xyloto, A Head Full Of Dreams and Music Of The Spheres. Hopefully the next album leans towards the former again.
I feel like the next part of this set will be more experimental, this one felt like a push for radio - possibly to shut up the label?
Really embodies the excitement from the tour.
Saw Coldplay on Saturday at Wembley. Simply fucking phenomenal. I could’ve done with less jamming with Craig bloody David in the encore (would’ve preferred Natalie Imbruglia like the last show) but hey, not a game changer.
Parachutes and A Rush of Blood to the Head are peak Coldplay for me. If they ever went there again musically I'd probably be on board. That said, they may well have done stuff similar to those albums but I really checked out with them once they became super huge and seemed to be popping out collabs and generic hits.
It seems last night they had Shaznay Lewis join them on stage to perform Never Ever and Pure Shores. Absolutely gutted I didn't go to any of these shows.
Just left Wembley… that show was unbelievable. I’ve never seen anything like it. Coincidently, on this weekend 21 years ago I saw them for the first time so it felt slightly overwhelming when they played songs like ‘Sparks’. Music is amazing.
Still absolutely buzzing about Sunday, so tempted to book for one of the new dates, but I'll probably miss it til the next tour. Those lights on your wrist bring the show to life in an unbelievable way. Ending with biutiful was a choice but other than that faultless. Surprised nothing from Everyday life was performed, 'Orphans' would have worked even if nothing else would slot in.
Biutyful is my absolute fave on that album. I was crying.
Went to the live cinema screening of the tour last night and was once again blown away by the show they consistently manage to put on. It’s just a triumph of sincerity and big tent idealism that works on the power of fairly bulletproof greatest hits and spectacle. The show even makes sense of the album tracks from Music of the Spheres that didn’t quite hit for me—their grand gestures make all the sense in the world being performed in front of millions worldwide.
On a personal note, I’ve had an absolute wild and miserable month with my anxiety disorder, and watching this last night was so genuinely antidotal. Their work is almost post-cringe the way it transcends being too much and actually… affirms the good and wonderful things about the human spirit, being alive, and this world we share. It occasionally gives Disney World, but with an edge that allows a (very soft, very queer) adult man like me an access point to that kind of awestruck faith in good.
Chris and the boys still wield a powerful magic; their live show is as central to their art as their records. I’m grateful they’re still at it.
This was beautiful, and perfectly articulates the appeal of Coldplay for me.
Sending positive energy @Tracy Jacks
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