Coldplay – Kaleidoscope EP (2017)
What happened to you guys? When I was younger (seasoned adult of two days that I am), I viewed Coldplay as just a punchline for just being a U2 knockoff. In hindsight, this was admittedly misguided, and I’ve come to really appreciate early Coldplay. Albums like ‘X&Y’ and ‘A Rush of Blood To My Head’ have aged very well, especially in a time where rock music was in a post grunge hangover, evidenced by other popular groups such as Puddle of Mudd and Nickelback (don’t forget about rap-rock either). Hell, even ‘Viva La Vida’ had a few really good tracks on it. In fact, I could even argue that much today’s popular “indie” music finds its roots in Coldplay melodic piano balladry. But things really took a turn for the worst on their 2011 LP ‘Mylo Xyloto’, which found Coldplay shifting their production from gorgeous melodies to crowded melodrama. Their next two albums (‘Ghost Stories’ and ‘A Head Full of Dreams’) found the band continuing this plunge into electronic dance pop. Stylistically, this shift never really worked for me. A lot of what made Coldplay attractive in the first place – moving songwriting mixed with clean, beautiful production – evaporated, transforming the band into something that forces sentimentality when there is negligible emotion or passion behind it. This year, things got even worse with that god-awful Chainsmokers collaboration, a troubling omen of things to come. I assume all of this is an attempt by the band to stay relevant in modern music, but they’re embracing some of my least favorite fads in music to do so. “Miracles (Someone Special” is the biggest offender on the EP; a terrible melodrama featuring Big Sean. What’s meant to inspire made me want to vomit, with Martin writing some of his cringiest lyrics of his career. It doesn’t reach the levels of awfulness attained on that new Fallout Boy Single (“Young and Menace”), but it’s certainly bloated with overly busy production. It’s a bit of a shame too, because the opening track of the EP (“All I Can Think About Is You”) is promising; a slow burn that builds off a grooving drum and bass part. But there just isn’t much here that feels fresh.
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