Monday, October 24, 2011

How to Love Coldplay

I cannot help but be really excited about Coldplay's new album, Mylo Xyloto. It was just released today in London and the U.S. (I can't remember accurately but the point is that it's released today).

I'm honestly not a huge fan of male singers or male groups for that matter. All of the songs in my fave playlist are sung by females. Not that I'm being a sexist or anything. It could probably be that I can imagine myself singing the songs when girls sing it. Hence, it's just me being narcissistic. :)

So anyway, it all started with Yellow (as far as most non-Coldplay listeners have their first encounter of the band). I liked how it can make me imagine so much. It helped even more that they started the song with 'stars'. No girl could resist the mention of a 'star'. And for it to include 'for you I'll bleed myself dry' made it all the more addictive. So there, the stars and blood donation did me.


I wasn't instantly a Coldplay convert yet. I can't love a band based on a song alone. I need to know a couple more...

Next is The Scientist (again, among the more common ones that get into the mainstream radio). However, I didn't chance upon the song via radio. It was my roommate who coerced me into listening to The Scientist. Well.. Not really. But she plays the song every morning so the song sort of became our morning anthem.

Violet Hill is the third song that I loved. I think it means waaaay more than a lover-beloved dynamic coz it had some political messages embedded in the lyrics. Anyways, I liked the "If you love me, won't you let me know?" "If you love me, why'd you let me go?" part of the song. The melody has that unpolished beat to it reminiscent of the time before autotuning was invented. Or back when vinyl records were considered modern.

Whenever I hear Fix You, I feel comforted. I feel that someone is around to reassure me that things are going to be alright. For things that you have to deal with on your own (coz there are things that you just can't tell your friends about), the song Fix You is good company. Lights will guide you home... I will try to fix you... When you're too in love to let it go... But if you never try you'll never know...

Last is Viva La Vida. It ironically has a very lively beat to it despite the lyrics which for me tell of a has-been's tale. Nevertheless, I liked how happy it sounds. It strikes me as a song of a has-been who has accepted his/her fate and has already moved on.

It's not really difficult to love this band. Their songs are very simple with kick-ass imagery. They've somehow mastered that beautiful mix of poetic lyrics and pop-appeal. And for a populist like me (and admittedly with some penchant for poetry), it's always an amazing thing to be able to make a lot of people appreciate what for you is beautiful.


Yang Shumei said...

Hahaha! I have been trying to acquaint myself with music (since I know nothing). I discovered The Weepies! They're pretty good. :3 Anyway, I'll listen to Coldplay too. I think I need guy music too.

Yang Shumei said...

My friend says they're going to hold a concert here next year. :D

I'm not too fond of male singers/groups either but I'll check them out. Speaking of music artists, check out The Weepies. Their music is chill. :D

Call me Rachelle said...

treb!!! i'm already in to them. hahaha. <3 solemate!