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Coldplay is an extremely famous Pop Rock/Alternative band from Great Britain. These guys have released multiple of albums that have gone platinum, such as X&Y and Viva la Vida. To me, it’s kind of strange why there are so many people that hate Coldplay out there. X&Y was a great album, and Viva la Vida had some pretty alright tracks. I was really excited to listen to this album, I used to be a huge Coldplay fan in the past, and thought it was going to be a great experience that would bring back a lot of memories.
First thing I noticed about this album when I listened to it was that Coldplay stepped in a different direction when it came to production. You hear way more sugary electronics and a ton of bright synthesizers, while on their past albums, stereotypical production was used for very famous pop rock bands. It’s not really a good thing or a bad thing what they did with the production, it really depends what you’re looking for in this album. If you’re a huge Coldplay fan, then you’re probably going to really enjoy this album. I can really respect that Coldplay was trying to do something different with their sound, and that they’re starting to grow more. There’s still the driving guitars, the acoustic tracks, and Chris Martin is sounding just as good as ever before. The electronics and synthesizers make it more of an album that would be used to give you energy, it doesn’t have much of the more emotion provoking tracks that you would hear on previous albums, which my really disappoint some people.
The album starts off with the title track, which is also more of a small intro that becomes apart of the next track. The tune that you hear in this intro is something that becomes somewhat of a motif in this LP. It’s used throughout the album in many different songs. The second track, “Hurts Like Heaven”, is more of an example of what you’re going to hear on this album. Very bubbly, strong leading synthesizers, and catchy hooks. No real content to the song except for just a cheery tune. Same goes for Paradise, there really isn’t anything special about this song except for a catchy hook and a percussion rhythm that gets easily stuck in my head. I must say though, the lyrics aren’t terrible, but yet they’re so broad. It’s just talking about a girl that wants to see the world, and dreams about. I’d really find it to be a better song if everything about it wasn’t so basic. The next track, “Charlie Brown”, is one of the stronger points on the album. The drums and the bass aren’t easily forgotten on this track, and it definitely has that signature Coldplay sound that I was looking for. The guitar line to that song is extremely catchy, and I can’t really help but love it. The next track, “Us Against the World”, is also great, it’s one of the acoustic tracks that I was waiting for, with the emotional appeal that I really like about Coldplay. I just wish it didn’t sound very similar to many more of their songs. At first, I thought I accidentally pressed Til’ Kingdom Come, which is on X&Y. But still, the track is still good. You can kind of tell with the title of the song what it’s about. I was hoping for the streak of better songs to keep on going, but sadly, it stopped abruptly.
“M.M.I.X.” is the next track, which is more of an interlude to the next track, “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall”, but it just seems so bland and unneeded. It honestly just sounded like a mediocre ambient pause between the two tracks, just unwanted filler. “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” just kind of made me cringe. It sounded like another mediocre pop song in the radio. The synthesizers were very generic sounding, and what made the track even worse, the lyrics. The lyrics about about kids dancing and music being a huge connector in the world, sharing emotions and other things, when honestly, it just sounded very corny and somewhat ridiculous. The next track, “Major Minus”. picks up the slack for the track before exponentially. The guitar is freaking amazing, and the echoed voice complements it so well. There really isn’t much more need to go into detail on that track. I love the next track, “U.F.O.”, it’s another emotion-packed acoustic track that made me fall in love with Coldplay in the first place. I just wish it was longer, it was only about two minutes or so. The very ending to this track was also very nice sounding, with the finger picking and the background sounds. A beautiful track to say the least.
One thing about this album that really bothered me were that the lyrics really lacked on it. It seemed Chris Martin was too happy and too occupied to write any good lyrics, and decided to care more about the sound. It seems his thought process was, “I don’t wanna write anything, let’s just all dance and yell and have a good time!” It overall made the album lack. There was a ton of wasted potential where I thought that Chris’ songwriting techniques could have really picked up some of the slack on this album.
The rest of the album sadly went really downhill, really fast. “Princess of China” was just awful, I was not a fan of the Rihanna collaboration at all, and the hook almost made me forget I was listening to a Coldplay record. Up in Flames was a really odd sounding piano ballad for me, once again almost making me forget I was listening to a Coldplay record. Chris Martin’s voice really didn’t complement the track at all. The three final tracks were honestly extremely forgettable. I was dissapointed especially with the closer, “Up With the Birds”. If they used “U.F.O.” or “Us Against the World” as the albums closer, it would’ve made the album feel more complete to me, but sadly it just kind of left off on a bad note. The acoustic jam at the end just wasn’t doing anything for me, and Chris’s falsetto wasn’t either.
To me, this album wasn’t that great. Sometimes, I might be able to casually enjoy some of the tracks, but that’s about it. Overall, this album gets a 60%, kind of a disappointing album from Coldplay.
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Brand New is an Alternative Rock/Emo outfit from New York, and they’ve been releasing albums for the last ten years. This is the first time that Brand New has released anything with even a taste of post-hardcore. The production of this album is extremely rough, and sometimes uncomfortable to listen to. In an interview with the front-man Jesse Lacey, he explained that when they were creating the album they had this odd feeling of discomfort, and they wanted to scream it out on this new LP, and that’s definitely what they did.
The very first time I turned this CD on, since I went out and bought it, I really wanted to turn it off when the first song came on, “Vices”. For one, the beginning of the track is this very strange song with a woman singing, which sounds like it was recorded in the 50’s. Then, all of a sudden, these heavy drums kicked in. When the harsh vocals kicked in, I honestly thought it sounded terrible. All of the instruments on this track are extremely sloppy and almost sounds like they were improvised. Overall, it was a terrible opener to the album.
As the songs started to go on, I realized how much Brand New’s sound changed after “The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me”, which was their album released three years earlier. While Devil and God had more of an emo influence to their sound, and lyrics, Daisy seemed to take more of a turn towards indie, and hardcore. The first time I listened to the track “At the Bottom”, it completely reminded me of Modest Mouse. Even when I played it for my good friend, he honestly thought it was Modest Mouse. It’s not a bad change of sound to the album at all, it’s just very different, especially when you compare their first two albums to this one.
As the album goes on, it picks up A LOT after Vices. The song “Bed” reminds me of something that I’d hear off of Devil and God almost. The track I was talking about before, “At the Bottom”, which is the first single on the record, is a really nice track. The beginning guitar sounds heavenly, then it opens to the actual track. The two parts of the song sound totally different, yet they flow together extremely well when they transition into each other. The next track, “Gasoline”, gives another taste of hardcore like Vices, except definitely not as bad. The secondary vocalist Vincent Accardi sings this track, which was really weird for me to comprehend, because he usually sang the catchy chorus’ back in the day when Brand New used to make more of a mix of pop punk and emo, it was weird to hear him make such a drastic change to his vocals, but overall it was a good risk. His voice sounds really rough, and almost desperate while singing it. Like belting his last breaths to let out some anger before he dies. The instrumentation to the track is killer, the really scratchy and harsh guitar chords with the drums and bass backing it 100%. Sadly the end of this track, which is just harsh noise and really loud feedback from the amp, was a really bad ending to the song, and kind of ruined the flow of everything. It made the transition to the next track sound extremely awkward.
One thing I realized when I was listening to this album was, in no way is this album less depressing than the others. The lyrics are just as sad as any other Brand New album, yet, just like Brand New is always able to do, they pull off whiny vocals and sad lyrics without making it annoying. All of the tracks on this album give you that feeling of having no hope, and it almost kind of seems like a bittersweet ending to everything that you’ve tried so hard on. Such as the track You Stole, which you can kind of tell from the title what it’s about, which is a girl stealing something very important from Jesse, which is always open for interpretation. Also, the closing track Noro is extremely depressing track, which during the chorus, Jesse keeps belting, “I’m on my way out, I’ve tried, God knows that I’ve tried.” The lyrics are also interesting on this track, especially when he points out how many people are afraid to sleep simply because they’re afraid of their own thoughts. These kind of lyrics are very consistent throughout the whole album.
The track, “You Stole”, is easily one of my favorite tracks on the album. The sound of it goes so well with the whole album, and it’s kind of a break from all of the uncomfortable tracks on this album. Their are still some of the same sounds that you’re used to hearing on the album, such as the harsher guitar parts after the chorus’ on this song, and the drums that go along with them. This track is honestly one of my favorite tracks that Brand New has ever done, it’s completely different from all of the other songs Brand New has ever done, and it’s a great addition to the album. It’s the perfect mix of indie rock, and older emo music. My favorite thing about this track is probably Jesse’s vocals harmonizing with Vincent’s, it sounds amazing. Sadly, the next track, “Be Gone” is a really awkward transition from You Stole, it’s a strange interlude which sounds out of place on the album. It has a very twangy sounding guitar part, with strange muffled vocals that are completely non-understandable. “Sink”, the nest track, gives another taste of hardcore on the album, and is also one of my favorite tracks on the album. The beginning guitar riff gets easily stuck in your head, and the random parts where they go crazy during the verses for two seconds sound kind of great, when I first listened to the track, it got my blood pumping immediately. The chorus of this song flows perfectly with the track, yet the sound of it was almost completely unpredictable for me. Where this track really shines to me is where the bridge kicks in, with the awesome guitar riff, once again reminding me of Modest Mouse, and Jesse and Vincent’s harmonies come in extremely loud. Overall, an awesome song. The next three tracks to me are the sag of the album. “Bought a Bride” is really weak except for the verses, the verses sound great, but the chorus ruined it for me. The title track, “Daisy”, just sounded extremely unfitting to the rest of the album with it’s acoustic guitar and drum machine, I don’t really see why they even but it on the album. Next, “In a Jar”, didn’t really stick out to me except for the beginning guitar riff. I was kind of worried that the last track of the album was going it be bland like the three tracks before. Luckily, I was wrong.
“Noro”, the closing track, completely blew me away the first time I heard it, it definitely ended the album for me with a big bang. It starts off almost creepy sounding, while Jesse comes in with very quiet vocals. After this first chorus, I fell in love with the track. The bass and the drums come in extremely synchronized, and very distorted. It sounds very rugged and like it was produced in a garage, it was such a blood pumping moment when they first came in. The rest of the track gets more crazy as it goes on, and it was almost the perfect closer to the album, but then it gets ruined by the same track that you hear in the beginning of Vices. It was the biggest let down of the whole album, and made it feel like the album ended abruptly with no real end to it.
Overall, I have really mixed feeling about the album, but I came out really liking it. It was a great addition to Brand New’s catalog, and went a long with the direction of where Brand New was going anyways. I give the album a 78%, it’s something that I’ll listen to again.
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