Indefinite Hiatus

I am saddened to say that I will have to put my blog on an indefinite hiatus due to the fact that I currently have more than I can handle on my plate. I want to thank everyone that has ever visited this blog. I hope I have pleasured your eardrums.

You may continue to follow me on Twitter, where I will still post song recommendations and links to any other cool music related news/songs/etc. I will also continue to be a guest-blogger on Pretty Much Amazing! The Music Blog.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Coldplay - 42

Those who are dead are not dead
They're just living in my head

Those are rather dark lyrics for
Coldplay, come to think of it. "42" (Chris Martin's favourite number) begins with mournful piano, but as Martin laments about their being more to life the music suddenly picks up pace and is filled with crashing cymbals and electric guitar. That's pretty much what makes this song so great--the music is as emotional as the lyrics.

This is probably my favourite track off their latest album, Viva La Vida, a name borrowed from a Frida Kahlo
painting. The cover art is also borrowed from an artist--Eugène Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People. If artsy is what the band was aiming for with this album, I think they accomplished it or at least came close. Produced by Brian Eno, the album features a lot more instrumental sections than their previous albums. The songs sound very orchestrated and perfect for filling up an arena. Unfortunately, I missed both their shows in L.A.

On an interesting side note, guitarist Joe Satriani filed a lawsuit against Coldplay for copyright infringement on the track "Viva La Vida," claiming that it incorporates "substantial original portions" of a song he wrote back in 2004. I'm assuming it's just a mere coincidence but I suppose you can
hear for yourself. The band, of course, denies his accusations.

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