Monday, May 07, 2012
Coldplay -- LeftRightLeftRightLeft
It's genuinely assumed that the members of Coldplay are nice guys. Too nice in fact, and that is probably a sentiment their record company felt when Coldplay announced they would be giving away a free live album to every attendee of the second leg of their Viva la Vida tour. Not only that, but the band made the album a free online download for anyone not lucky enough to attend one of their shows.
I was an attendee, but I didn't quite feel lucky. Coldplay put on a solid, enjoyable show, full of energy, life, and spectacle, but I realized something a little heartbreaking about the band, and about myself as I sat in my New Orleans Arena seat. Coldplay are just too normal for me. Which, I guess means, I am not normal. The packed crowd, including my wife, went suitably nuts throughout the show, and Coldplay did a great job of riling everyone up more and more as the show went on. Unfortunately, at some point, I started feeling this weird nagging alienation, and once it hit me, it stuck to the end. I felt a strange validation a few months later, at a U2 show in Houston. I didn't feel alienated at all and found myself getting much more into the show, most likely because I could make a more personal connection to Bono's more polarizing, thought-provoking lyrics. It makes sense then, that the one time I really felt a strong personal connection to a Coldplay album, I felt more depersonalized than I ever have in my life.
Yes, break down the arrogance of what I just said:
Essentially, I just said that all you huge Coldplay fans and people who really get into Coldplay shows lack a distinct and strong personality, and tend to fall into group think and action more often than not, while I, editor of The Nicsperiment, am the owner of a strong and steadfast personality, never wavering, always holding my own above the waves of the faceless masses--you.
Er, sorry about that.
So, how is this live album?
It's pretty good stuff. Maybe a few too many of those Chris Martin piano recitals I always complain about, but the band and the audience's sheer exhuberance make this a solid entry into the Coldplay cannon. Coldplay pull from their last three records here, along with the standout track from their Prospekt's March EP, and one new track featuring lead vocals of drummer, Will Champion. It won't set the world on fire, or at least me, but it's a decent way to spend forty minutes.
1. Glass of Water 4:44
2. 42 4:52
3. Clocks 4:40
4. Strawberry Swing 4:16
5. The Hardest Part/Postcards from Far Away 4:15
6. Viva la Vida 5:24
7. Death Will Never Conquer (Will Champion, lead vocals) 1:39
8. Fix You 5:38
9. Death and All His Friends 4:24