Coldplay feat. Rihanna: Princess of China

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Posted October 18, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in Reviews 1.0
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Rihanna and Coldplay unite for what smells like “Love The Way You Lie” (Part III)

With heavy anticipation wrapped around Coldplay‘s fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto, the band is going on a marketing spree expsoing fans and the immediate public to the material expected to hit the final product. Now two singles in, Mylo Xyloto may be dropping a third track on radio with the recent leak of “Princess of China” – a collaborative effort with Top 40 princess Rihanna.

Inside the track’s aura, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin incorporates more of the group’s familiar arena rock potency. Global “oh-oh-whoa-ohh” chants and raging guitar acoustics tracing the angelic introit of Guns ‘N Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” fill up the space of the sing-a-long chorus. With the duo singing about a fairytale love affair marred with “Love The Way You Lie” bravado, Martin and Rihanna takes turns on seperate verses, while the R&B-spiked beats using Kanye West rap-rock glam amasses a strong and stablizing density around their vocals.

It isn’t rocket science that Rihanna’s inclusion will definitely add extra-hype to the album’s popularity and probably will thrust the band’s alt-rock flavor into a greater influence on other genres. The track’s epicness even screams for Rihanna’s presence, but for some strange apparent reason, the band is losing their Coldplay-fulness in their quest for U2-like domination. Maybe the musical patterns are becoming a bit predictable or maybe the contagious fires of their live shows are lost in the confines of the studio, but “Princess of China,” another cathartic lesson in Rihanna’s art of pain, aims to satisfy the ears of mainstream’s plentiful.

J MATTHEW COBB

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COLDPLAY FEAT. RIHANNA – PRINCESS OF CHINA

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J Matthew Cobb

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