What Kind of Review is That?

October 09, 2002 9:09 PM

John Mulvey, over at dotmusic, has managed to write one of the least-impressive, and coincidentally least-impressed, reviews I've read so far this tour. Here are just a few of the "lowlights" from his review:

  • "That's when it comes: the hardly-fresh realisation that big straight rock you've never liked much can, when translated into such a communal experience, be not exactly moving, but certainly quite touching."

  • "[Coldplay has been] making decent, fairly obvious music."

  • "Martin, meanwhile, spends 90 minutes working very hard at pretending he's some kind of ingenue who just woke up in a stadium rock band. Some of his spontaneity seems a bit forced as a result, not least the snatches of cover versions he interpolates into his own songs once or twice too often."

  • "Sometimes, too, his piano-man balladeering suggests a less-than-appealing future as an Elton John in Japanese jeans."
Japanese jeans? I'm not even going to go there. This review did nothing more than piss me off, but if you're intrigued (or infuriated), you can check it out at dotmusic.

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All Around Update

October 08, 2002 8:58 PM

Sorry for the lack of news lately, but since it's been over a month since the release of 'A Rush of Blood to the Head' and we still have time before the release of 'The Scientist,' there hasn't been much going on in the Coldplay arena.

, one of the B-sides, and Simon Pegg, star of TV comedies including 'Spaced', 'Hippies' and 'Big Train', provides backing vocals on the track. Should make for an interesting song!

Here's an interesting piece of news: Aversion is reporting that Coldplay will make a cameo appearance in "Slasher," a horror movie being made by the band members of Ash. Apparently Moby, Dave Grohl and The Hives will make appearances as well. Coldplay sad? Sure. Serious? Sure. Scary? I don't know about that.

In its fifth week on the U.S. albums chart, 'A Rush of Blood to the Head' is holding strong at #15, just two spots down from its #13 hold last week. Also, as you probably already know, most radio stations typically stick to singles when it comes to promoting bands' new releases. However, 107.7 The End in Seattle has been going against that policy, playing 'Clocks' in their regular rotation. If anyone else has heard non-single tracks played on your local radio station(s), I'd love to hear about it.

And lastly, check out Coldplay's Official Site for reviews of Coldplay's latest UK shows. Hopefully I'll have a few of my own here before long (but that depends on you, the fans). More soon...

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Free Downloads, UK Tour, and Atlanta

October 03, 2002 11:29 PM

Yahoo! News is reporting that Coldplay's music (along with other artists' like Dido and Elvis) was made available "free" for download as part of "Digital Download Day." The "Day" is in fact a week-long venture offering access to 100,000 tracks from 6,000 artists. To get the details, click here.

In other news, the band "Idlewild" has been announced as the supporting act for Coldplay's upcoming UK tour. The official site is also reporting that the rescheduled Atlanta show (which was cancelled due to rain) will probably not take place until early next year. No date has officially been set.

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New Single, Gold Album, and More!

October 02, 2002 12:43 AM

Ananova is reporting that Coldplay's next single, for 'The Scientist,' will contain two previously unreleasted tracks, titled '1.36' and 'I Ran Away.' The single is scheduled to hit shelves in the UK on November 11th, and in the U.S. the following day.

Good news from the North American front today – Coldplay's sophomore album, 'A Rush of Blood to the Head,' has now been certified Gold in the U.S. I'm willing to bet sales will see quite a jump following the release of the new single next month.

There is a great new feature on Coldplay over at Best Buy's website. The article discusses how the new album came to be, and contains the following excerpt:

"'We went into the studio with a big plan about what songs were going to get on the record and what songs weren't, and how we were going to record them,' said Champion in our telephone interview. 'We needed that plan to go into the studio. We need that kind of structure. And then once we were in there it became obvious that the plan wasn't working. Things were going wrong.

"But out of chaos came order for Coldplay. Order which took the shape of the nearly-perfect Rush of Blood."

To read the entire article, click here.

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Coldplay Up for Four Awards

September 30, 2002 8:34 PM

According to Ananova, Coldplay has been nominated for 4 MTV Europe Music Awards. They are up in the following categories:

  • Best Group
  • Best Album
  • Best Rock
  • Best UK and Ireland Act
They are also slated to perform on the show, which will take place on November 14th. For the full list of nominees, click here.

And if you thought that news was exciting enough, there is more to report. The band is apparently working on a DVD of backstage, onstage, and "stupid stuff" footage from their 'A Rush of Blood to the Head' tour.

Guy has been the man behind the camera, and said about the DVD, "We want to make it good, not do it for the sake of doing it. I know a lot of bands go, 'Oh, let's just do a DVD,' and get a film crew and they film it and record music and stick it out. I'd like to do something a bit more interesting than that."

In regards to the content of the DVD, Guy said "I take loads of stuff. I've got about 200 hours of making the last record (2000's debut LP 'Parachutes") as well. I don't film everything because it just gets boring after a while. You get the same things -- here's another dressing room, oh, another dressing room!"

Guy revealed that there is footage of Chris Martin sucking helium backstage at a recent US show, which allowed the Coldplay frontman to sing 'God Put A Smile Upon Your Face' like a chipmunk.

He plans to continue working on the project as the tour continues, so we probably won't see it available until late next year. No official release date has been set.

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