Thursday, June 09, 2005


On Monday I was discussing with a friend the next day's release of Coldplay's new album; neither of us were fans, especially. We appreciated a few songs, but the rest? Well, it struck us as somewhat dull. Fast forward to yesterday when I download the album on Napster: I'll be damned if it isn't the best album I've heard in forever. X&Y is this really gorgeous soundscape of dense melody. It doesn't reinvent the wheel, so to speak: the ghosts of U2 and Radiohead are still here, but rock and roll has long been a haunted house. Color me surprised.

And I have to listen to Get Behind Me Satan by the White Stripes. Good time for music.


# of blurbs confirmed for book: 2.


C. Dale said...


I have been nervous about getting the new Coldplay, but a few people have had your reaction, so maybe I will give it a listen.

Paul said...

I think it's pretty great...

Ali Davis said...

Okay, I'm totally late on this (stupid heart crisis!), but congrats on your book. That's fantastic and I look forward to it.

the machinist said...

I'm stuck in your phase 1 with Coldplay. I think it's just an average album, but I've only listened to it once.

As for the new White Stripes--I think it's amazing. I've listened to nothing else since Tuesday, and I'm not that big of an 'Elephant' fan. Check out 'Take, Take, Take' on the new album. So good. So good.

Jennifer said...

I've only heard the one song, I think .. the one with something about "ignite your bones" in the chorus. "Fix You"? I flipped the radio on in the middle of the song, and was entranced enough to Google. The buzz seems pretty mixed ... but now I want to check it out.

Anonymous said...

Hey Paul.

This talk of Coldplay makes me feel uneasy, confused, oddly comforted, the color of sheet rock wall painted blue.

I'll either get some help or check out the album (perhaps both).

A slight aimless correction:
If the ghost of Radiohead is a Kid A/Amnesiac sorta ghost then I think you might, more appropriately, refer to Radiohead as the Sword of Omens (fiercesome in its own right).

And Sigur Ros would be more like Jaga, ethereally wielding the prophetic blade's might of aural experimentation.

The musical Spectre remains. Though much larger and ancient than any might have guessed.


gina said...

Oh yay! I've been waiting for news. I'll give it a listen too.