Because I dread the thought of writing yet another album review where I spend hundreds of words trying to frame an album in the proper context, or where I try to find yet another way to write about chord progressions, I'm just going to take it one song at a time and share my first impressions. So here we go with Coldplay's fifth and newest album, Mylo Xyloto. "Mylo Xyloto" -- Like most instrumental passages fewer than 60 seconds long, it's nice but not really essential. Next. "Hurts Like Heaven" -- Ooh, peppy! I like the directness and dance-ability of this, even though I am in fact a shitty dancer. This is easily more immediate than anything on the Viva La Vida album (which is not to say better, mind you). Nice vocal melodies from Chris "Mr. Paltrow" Martin. "Paradise" -- This ha
I've taken my shots at Coldplay over the years, but I can also admit when they produce quality music. Parachutes was a very good album, and I was similarly impressed with Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. I know that it's "cool" to hate on Coldplay, but that's just stupid. If you honestly don't like their music, fine. But bagging on Chris Martin & Friends because they seem wimpy or because they're really popular is just a waste of energy. That said, I'm not very taken with "Paradise," the second single from the upcoming Mylo Xyloto album. It's not bad really, it's just kind of... there. It all sounds perfectly pleasant, but as a single it falls a little flat. "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" is a much stronger song and was a better choice for a single. Anyway, here's "...
A few months into this year I couldn't shake the feeling that 2008 just wasn't going to be the great year for new music that 2007 was. And so here I am, about a week away from 2009, and I still feel the same way. It wasn't a total wash mind you, as there was definitely some quality to be enjoyed. So here's my take on the 2008 music year - good, bad, and ugly. The Best of the Best (Albums) Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop) Yeah, this seems like an obvious choice, but it's also a damn good one. I'm always up for listening to good vocal harmonies, and this band has them in spades. The music is gorgeous to boot, and is a highly engaging blend of folk titans like CSNY, America, and early '70s Fleetwood Mac. The vocal round of "White Winter Hymnal" is worth the price of admission
Sorry, they're not on this site (psych!). But if you don't mind giving away your email address, there are two new tracks elsewhere on the intertubes you can download for free, and I recommend you grab both of them. The first is "Spiralling", the first single from the upcoming Keane album, Perfect Symmetry. You can get a copy from the band's website. On first listen, it's definitely a huge departure from the decidedly more melancholy, Coldplay-esque sounds of Keane's first two albums. And that's probably a good thing. That said, the very '80s vibe of the song probably wouldn't work well across an entire album - which comes out in October by the way. The second song is from David Byrne and Brian Eno, who last collaborated on 1981's acclaimed My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. It's ca