Refreshing Review from the LA Times

Originally posted on June 29, 2003 9:55 PM

There's an excellent article in the Los Angeles Times that everyone should take the time to read. I'm tempted to even send the article's author an email commending him on an excellent job, after some of the other crap I've seen written lately.

It's a long article, but well worth your time. Just in case you're in a hurry, here's a summary of some of my favorite parts:

Coldplay [is] one of the few bands in years to make music smart and embracing enough to connect with part of the edgy young alt-rock crowd and accessible enough for mainstream pop fans...

"Mainstream pop culture is so awful and so bland and so packaged," Martin says on the way to San Diego. "Our goal is to change the mainstream. We don't want to just keep ourselves a secret. We want to fight to have sincere music be the main thing again..."

Whether backed by Jonny Buckland's jagged guitar licks or Martin's epic piano chords, the music is filled with such beauty and timeless grace that it reminds you of the purity of ancient cathedral bells. Martin's singing ranges from the droning ache of Radiohead's Thom Yorke to a comforting, conversational tone, sometimes accented by a sudden touch of falsetto...

Whatever his shading, the band — which also includes bassist Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion — plays with taste and economy. This is a band that understands the importance of restraint, even when it is trying to revive a lost tradition in rock...

He's comfortable enough with the relationship to let references to "my girlfriend" slip into the conversation. When he's asked about songs for the next album, for instance, Martin responds, "My girlfriend has this keyboard her dad bought her, which has got sounds on it I've never heard or never tried writing on before," he says. "That's where all these new songs are coming from, which is really cool."

Maybe someone needs to send good ol' Matt Sebastian (see earlier news) an email letting him know how a real music review/article is written. Just a thought ;)

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