Happy Birthday, Chris Martin

Posted by The G on March 2, 2013 under Celebrities | Be the First to Comment

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Chris Martin of Coldplay

Chris Martin of Coldplay

Happy birthday to Chris Martin of Coldplay who celebrates his day of birth today (as does fellow rock god Lou Reed).  Thanks Chris for showing me how to take it with my hand! xx

“Mylo Xyloto” by Coldplay – The G Review

Posted by The G on October 18, 2011 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

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Chris Martin of Coldplay

Chris Martin of Coldplay

Some people love Coldplay.  Some people hate Coldplay.  Some people love to hate Coldplay.  I love them.  I will say that my interest in the band has waned over the last few years and the band working with Jay-Z on their last EP was nearly a deal breaker for me.  Needless to say that when I read that the band has worked with another talentless superstar, Rihanna, I am actually frightened that I might have to kiss this band off for good.  A week before their newest (and possibly last) album “Mylo Xyloto” is released, here’s my two cents.  I’ll be writing short comments as I hear each track for the first time.

“Mylo Xyloto” – Instrumental.

“Hurts Like Heaven” – The title track leads right into this one, and it’s definitely the poppiest and danceiest Coldplay song I’ve ever heard.  It’s also extremely catchy.  This will be a good choice for a single, according2g.  The track is 4 minutes long.

“Paradise” – Also a really pop sounding track.  I read that Coldplay mentioned they wanted to try something different and there are no arguments here.  Whether you like these songs or not, you cannot accuse Coldplay of making the same record over and over again. The chorus “Para-Para-Paradise, Oh-oh-ohhhhh” is a very Coldplay chorus and will probably sound awesome in concert.

“Charlie Brown” – Sounds like the “Clocks” off this album.

“Us Against The World” – A slow acoustic song.  This is the first song I am not too crazy about so far.

“M.M.I.X” – A short instrumental palate cleanser, if you will.

“Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” – “M.M.I.X” runs right into this song, which was the first single.  This sounds like a “classic” Coldplay song and might not even be out of place on a U2 record.  I can imagine The Edge doing the guitar solo.

“Major Minus” – Also “classic” Coldplay.  The chorus features “ooh ooh’s” and will be great live.  One thing you’ve got to give it to Coldplay for, they sure know how to make anthemic music.

“UFO” – Acoustic ballad.  Short song measuring only 2 minutes and 20 seconds.

“Princess of China” – Is that Chris Martin rapping?  Oh dear!  Rihanna’s vocals start in the second verse and while her voice is not making me want to stick sharp objects in my ear like normal when I hear her, I think she has no business on a Coldplay song.  In my opinion, they can deny it all they want, but they are sellouts.  It’s an unneeded attempt at grabbing headlines and attention for a very mediocre song.  Why, Coldplay? WHY!

“Up In Flames” – How ironic to title a song “up in flames” after the Rihanna song.  This is a slower track that reminds me of “Where is my Boy” by Faultline that Chris lent his vocals to many years ago, though this song is faster.  I do like this song though.  It’s got an ethereal beat and I like the way he says the title during the chorus (which he repeats 4 times).

“A Hopeful Transmission” – A 30 second instrumental.

“Don’t Let It Break Your Heart” – Another “classic Coldplay” sound.  This is an uptempo rocker with a catchy chorus and guitar riff.

“Up With The Birds” – A slow track that starts off with just Chris and piano, builds some acoustic guitar and by the end of the song, it’s a full Coldplay production before giving way to just piano.

Overall, the album is a little uneven and I haven’t really analyzed the lyrics yet (though I’ve never considered Chris Martin to be a really great lyricist), but I find myself not disliking the record entirely on first listen.  In fact, I like about half of the album a lot after the first listen.  I’m sure the Rihanna track and some of the slower songs will not have a home on a G playlist, but I can definitely see myself enjoying the faster and rockier tracks in the coming days and weeks.   I know there are a lot of Coldplay die-hards that will probably attack me for not loving every second, but there’s a reason this site is called According 2 G. Have you heard the album yet?  Let us know what you think.

“Mylo Xyloto” by Coldplay is released on October 25, 2011.

 

 

Coldplay to get the “Glee” Treatment

Posted by The G on June 16, 2010 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

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Chris Martin of Coldplay

After initially telling the producers of the hit TV show “Glee,” they could not use their music, Coldplay has changed their mind and has offered up their entire catalog for an upcoming episode of the “American Idol with a plot” TV show.  What are your feelings about this story?  Personally, I am not too crazy about seeing a Coldplay-filled episode of “Glee,” but then again, I am also not crazy about the fact that a lot of Coldplay’s songs are love letters to Gwyneth Paltrow.

G’s Top Albums of the Decade (Part 1)

Posted by The G on December 18, 2009 under G Reviews | 3 Comments to Read

G's favorite albums of the decade - Part 1.

G's favorite albums of the decade - Part 1.

This is the first of two installments on my favorite albums of the first decade of the 2000s. These albums are not in any particular order of greatness because I love them all.  With the invention of the Ipod, we’ve developed musical ADD.  The albums on this post and the next one (check back tomorrow) will make you want to throw your electronic devices in a tub filled with water and listen to albums in their entirety.  Check out my list after the jump.

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Coldplay – Live at All Points West

Posted by The G on August 3, 2009 under G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

Chris Martin of Coldplay.  All photos by G.

Chris Martin of Coldplay. All photos by G.

I had nearly given up on Coldplay as they have eluded me multiple times as I try and see them live (the most notable was when my apartment caught on fire the night before I was to see them on the “Rush of Blood To The Head” tour and I decided to do the responsible thing and look for a new place to live thus selling my ticket), but it all changed when I met Chris Martin at a screening of the movie “Anvil” earlier this year. You can see that amazing picture here.  I thought the rain was going to prevent me from seeing Coldplay tonight, but it let up and we were sure in for a treat!

My brain is on music overload as I’ve seen the likes of Green Day and Grace Jones this week, not to mention, today alone, I saw MGMT, Elbow and Echo and the Bunnymen, so if you have the complete set list, please post it!  From what I can remember, they played hit after hit with “Clocks,” “In My Place,” “Talk,” “Fix You,” “Strawberry Swing,” “Viva La Vida,” and “God Put A Smile On Your Face”  The Beastie Boys were supposed to play on the first night of the festival but had to cancel due to an ailing band member, so Chris Martin did an awesome piano version of the Beasties’ “Fight For Your Right To Party” as a tribute to absent friends.  Coldplay seems to be a love ’em or hate ’em band, and I love ’em!

UPDATE: Courtesy of our friends at www.coldplaying.com (a really cool Coldplay site, by the way), here’s the full set list:

Life In Technicolor
Violet Hill
Clocks
In My Place
Yellow
42
Fix You
Strawberry Swing
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (techno version)
Talk (techno version)
Fight For Your Right (To Party) (Chris piano, Beastie Boys cover)
Viva La Vida
Lost!
Green Eyes (acoustic)
Death Will Never Conquer (Acoustic, sung by Will)
Billie Jean
Viva La Vida (remix interlude)
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Politik
Lovers In Japan
Death And All His Friends
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The Scientist
Life in Technicolor ii
The Escapist (outro)

Some worldwide exclusive photos after the jump.

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