Coldplay: Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall

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Posted June 11, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in Reviews 1.0
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Coldplay is summoning us to the dancefloor on “Waterfall,” but haven’t lost their mojo for big arena ambiance

Multiple synth layers, U2-esque acoustic guitars (courtesy of Brian Eno‘s production), a spice of Kings of Leon arena-rock and dancefloor tempo light up Coldplay‘s latest pop tease, “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall.” Melodic traces of Peter Allen’s 1976 hit “I Go to Rio” are threaded in between the tapestry, but Chris Martin‘s vocals and the warmth from Jonny Buckland‘s responding lead guitar are too familiar to the Coldplay sound. Still, there’s chunky four-on-the-floor beats and enough anthemic spunk in this modern disco-meets-rock gem to make Coldplay seem like they’re following Ke$ha on Twitter. And you can hear his clarion call to the dancefloor on the opening lines: “I turn the music up, I got my records on/I shut the world outside until the lights come on.” Actually it’s not a bad idea to segue this into Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own.”

J MATTHEW COBB

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COLDPLAY- EVERY TEARDROP IS A WATERFALL

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J Matthew Cobb

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