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August 14, 2009

Written By: Callie Prendiville

There is a certain level of expectation involved with sold-out, stadium-style concerts featuring bands that have had as much success as Coldplay. Their combination of excellent music and phenomenal theatricality in live performance has given them the reputation of being the hot ticket for the summer, and as such the demand (and the price) for said tickets have skyrocketed.

High prices did not stop Southern Californians from flocking to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine to lie down their blankets and cram together on the vast lawn to listen to Chris Martin and the boys play the hits that have given them their reputation as performers. In addition to the incredible sound, there were the effects: Great lights, projections, set, and, at a few select moments, giant orbs (think enormous Chinese paper lanterns) with images and video being projected onto them.

The high energy of the band did not waver throughout the night. This is an especially astonishing feat when you consider the sheer athleticism of their performance: Not only does Martin have a lung capacity rivaling that of a whale, and drummer Will Champion looks like he could kill someone with his drumsticks, but the band literally ran from the stage up into the upper lawn to play on a tiny stage no bigger than a minivan to play an acoustic set. Twice. And then ran back to the main stage to play some more.

It’s moments like that that make Coldplay likable, in spite of, and because of their massive success: Sure they’ve made enough money to not care about their fans’ individual experiences at every concert, but they make a point of making connections with the fans in the cheap seats as much as the front row. Besides, who else would give everyone in the amphitheater free live CDs?

Cheers Coldplay.

Coldplay – Prospekt’s March

June 19, 2009

Label: Capitol
Rating: 3 Guns

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Written By: White Chicks On Rap

“Prospekt’s March” is an EP follow up to “Viva La Vida.” While the latter is an excellent album, “Prospekt’s March” is good in its own right. The EP is mostly remixes, including a Jay-Z cameo on “Lost +,” but there are new songs that are a nice bonus for any Coldplay fan.

“Life In Technicolor II” is a really treat for fans who enjoyed the instrumental track “Life In Technicolor” on “Viva La Vida.”

“Life In Technicolor II” includes vocals and is 4:05 minutes long (almost double the length of the original track). The vocals add such a new dimension to an already great track.

New tracks include the 48 second instrumental “Postcards From Far Away,” “Glass Of Water,” “Rainy Day,” “Prospekt’s March/Poppyfields” and “Now My Feet Won’t Touch The Ground. ” The tracks feel like they could have stood next to any of the tracks on “Viva La Vida.”

“Now My Feet Won’t Touch The Ground” has a demo feel to it. Chris Martin’s voice almost sounds tinny against the simplistic strumming of the guitar. It is different from the spacey, electronic heavy produced sounds of the other tracks (both on “Viva La Vida” and this EP).

Like Coldplay? You may also like: Snow Patrol, Keane, Radiohead, The Verve.

Coldplay – Viva La Vida Or Death And All This Friends

June 19, 2009

Label: Capitol Records
Rating: 4 Guns

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Written By: White Chicks On Rap

There are very few albums I am excited for this year…the first one was Gnarls Barkley’s The Odd Couple, the second one was Portishead’s Third and the next one is Viva La Vida by Coldplay. If you are interested, another album I am waiting for is Massive Attack’s next album, which I hear might be coming out late this year.

For us Coldplay fans we have waited since 2005 for a new album and I swear that Viva La Vida was worth the wait. I have listened to this album for two weeks now and I literally love every song. Brian Eno (U2’s producer) and Markus Dravs (Bjork’s producer) do an outstanding job crafting an experimental album but remaining a Coldplay album and not U2 album.

The band takes a political tone in such songs as “Violet Hill” with the lines “I don’t want to be a soldier/
With a captain of some sinking ship” and “Priests clutched onto Bibles/Hollowed out to fit their rifles” and the line in “Lovers In Japan” “Soldiers you’ve got to solder on/Sometimes even the right is wrong”.

Even the artwork is political with the “Liberty Leading The People” painting by Eugene Delacroix. The picture depicts the July Revolution of 1830.

The album opens with “Life In Technicolor” which sounds like “Where The Streets Have No Name”. What is interesting is that there are no lyrics to the song.

The album covers a range of topics such as politics, God and death. The track “Cemeteries Of London” uses hand clapping which reminds me of canasta. It adds an extra depth.

Keep your ears open for the hidden track “Chinese Sleep Chant”.