Local White River Amphitheater Reviews

Originally posted on August 18, 2005 7:45 AM

In the span of fewer than five years Coldplay has become critical darlings and, in the process, they have been labeled everything from "the biggest band on the planet" to "the next U2" to "Radiohead wannabes."

Tuesday night at White River Amphitheatre the group showed it has the potential to become a little bit of all those things.

Touring behind its latest album, "X&Y," which is the fastest-selling rock record of the year, Coldplay's "Twisted Logic" tour is equipped with an impressive light show and a giant video screen.

Vocalist Chris Martin energetically twirled and danced the night away and the light show gave the concert a sort of "laser Coldplay" feel.

For "Yellow," giant confetti-filled balloons -- which were yellow, of course -- descended on the crowd, and during "Speed of Sound" Martin dropped to his knees and fell to the floor after playing the piano.

But the show wasn't all about Martin and his piano; his band fills out Coldplay's stadium-filling sound. From guitarist Jonny Buckland's fairy-tale riffs on "Talk" to Guy Berryman's chugging bass on "Politik" to Will Champion's thunderous kick drum on "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face," Coldplay is arena rock in disguise.

Martin and company also paid tribute to their influences. The group wore all black with white tennis shoes in homage to Kraftwerk, a band that heavily influenced "X&Y."

Also, the group performed the album's hidden track "Till Kingdom Come," which was written for Johnny Cash. After the song, the group broke into "Ring of Fire."

Canadian band Black Mountain opened, but due to horrific traffic conditions many fans didn't get to see the group perform (including this reviewer).

By the time Coldplay took the stage many fans were still filing into the venue.

Fortunately Coldplay made the crowd forget about the traffic woes by delivering a spectacular set that would have made the most jaded critic recognize the group's greatness.

Coldplay is a lot of different things to a lot of people.

But comparisons to other bands and fanatical gushing aside, the group proved it is worthy of all the critical hyperbole by just simply being Coldplay.

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

See also: Seattle Times Review

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