Coldplay
The Blue Room


4.5
superb

Review

by RandyfromPennywise USER (34 Reviews)
April 19th, 2007 | 31 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the best EPs I've heard, with one of the best songs I've heard.

I hadn’t listened to Coldplay in a while. I’d forgotten how much I like them. Well, not really. I still liked them, they were just kind of out of sight, out of mind. X & Y was a while ago now, and all’s been a bit quiet on the Coldplay front of late. So browsing through my iTunes collection I came across an EP I downloaded a year ago but never really gave a listen to. Of course I’m talking about The Blue Room EP. I downloaded this because of one song I heard on the TV, and largely neglected the rest. Quite ignorant of me. I’m quite dismissive of EPs, to my own detriment. This is one I should have got in to a long time ago. This is vintage Coldplay, and a couple of the tracks are some of the band’s best work.

Coldplay released three EPs before taking the leap of faith and putting down a full-length. Slightly unusual, but in hindsight I guess it’s fair to say it worked. This EP is without question the pick of the bunch. It’s the most refined, complete and balanced effort they released prior to the impressive debut album Parachutes. But it also makes up an important part of Parachutes - namely High Speed and Don’t Panic. The ambling, gentle High Speed drifts along, interrupted occasionally by the slightly more upbeat choruses. The most memorable part of the track is Martin’s repeated cries that “We’ve been living life… inside a bubble”. This original version of Don’t Panic is equally as striking as the Parachutes version, with it’s unwavering optimism so blatantly at the core of this song. For some this might just be far too cliché and reminiscent of U2, with lines like “We live in a beautiful world, Yeah we do, Yeah we do”, but for me it’s a brilliantly constructed positive and uplifting two and a half minutes of music. Bigger Stronger introduces the album with a Radiohead-inspired track mocking many of the vices of modern Western society. Martin’s vocals are loose and indifferent and the restrained electric guitar work is used to great effect, both supporting the vocals and in its own right during the solo and break.

The highlight of the EP is unquestionably the stunning ballad See You Soon. For mine it’s one of the best love songs I know. I’m not even sure if it’s a love song. I don’t think anyone knows for sure what this song is about. And it doesn’t even matter. The guitar part is one of the most delicate and beautiful I’ve heard and Chris Martin’s vocals are breathtaking. Just about as pure and sincere a song as Coldplay’s written. This is one of their most emotive pieces of music - and it’s almost entirely down to the sublimely crafted music, separate from the lyrics. As you can probably tell, this is the song that I downloaded this EP for. This is one of Coldplay’s best songs, ever. No other word describes it more accurately than ‘beautiful’.

The ambient, almost psychedelic intro to Such A Rush gives the closer a dreamy, spaced-out feeling seen on few other Coldplay songs. The ambience continues for the first two minutes before Martin’s vocals pick the track up from the floor while maintaining the vague outlook. When he is calling out “So slow down, just slow down” you get the feeling that if this track went any slower it wouldn’t exist. But the sombreness is discarded in the final minute of the song and album, as the drums come in and Martin’s vocals become coarse and much more powerful, before once again returning to the mellow, subdued feeling of the first four minutes to close out The Blue Room.

This is a very solid EP from a band on the cusp of their big break. This had all the makings of something special, which I for one think Coldplay have become. The ability to write remarkably emotive and poignant songs was clear and the platform had been set. The raw emotion of the album is dramatically evident on all five tracks and the sincerity and innocence of the song writing is tangible. This is a fantastic EP. And See You Soon is possibly the best song of 1999.



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RandyfromPennywise
April 19th 2007


752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ok so The Decline is obviously the best song of 1999, but See You Soon is up there. And it makes a better ending saying that than saying, "It's like the fourth best song of 1999 or something".



EDIT: Thanks mate.This Message Edited On 04.19.07

RandyfromPennywise
April 19th 2007


752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Obviously not 100% if our ratings differ!

Electric City
Emeritus
April 19th 2007


15762 Comments


Take the freakin compliment....

lol good job, this looks better than most Coldplay I've heard.

The Jungler
April 19th 2007


4826 Comments


Yeah, great review. I remember reading about this back during that fucking coldplay media explosion (back in 04 or whatever when you couldn't pick up a magazine that wasn't running the same story about them). I'll pick it up.



RandyfromPennywise
April 19th 2007


752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cheers fellas. Yeah Electric this is quite different to newer Coldplay. Certainly it's less 'large' if you know what I mean. These songs wouldn't really fit on X & Y.

Electric City
Emeritus
April 19th 2007


15762 Comments


Good I don't have Parachutes but from what I've heard off it I think I'd like a lot more than X&Y. Rush of Blood was very good though.

RandyfromPennywise
April 19th 2007


752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

To be honest Parachutes was the most surprising album for me. I was expecting nothing and I get Trouble, Shiver, Spies, Don't Panic - I was really, really impressed and surprised by how good it was.

scpttrerulz
April 19th 2007


130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review of an equally impressive EP.



"This EP is without question the pick of the bunch. It’s the most refined, complete and balanced effort they released prior to the impressive debut album Parachutes."




Amen

HotSalvation
April 19th 2007


258 Comments


I never knew Don't Panic was Don't Panic. I deffinitely just labled it as beautiful world and tacked it onto parachutes

RandyfromPennywise
April 20th 2007


752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's amazing how many people think that song is call Beautiful World. Seriously, like no one knows it as Don't Panic unless they've bought an album or something.

samthebassman
April 20th 2007


2164 Comments


See you soon is a fantastic track, it was on their live dvd/cd as well.

RandyfromPennywise
April 20th 2007


752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hey sam I see you're digging Faker - are they any good? What are they like?

Zebra
Moderator
April 21st 2007


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is some of the best stuff that Coldplay has ever released.

RandyfromPennywise
April 21st 2007


752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I'd tend to agree. Although I think that most of what Coldplay's released is good, so yeah.

CelestialDust
November 6th 2010


3159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bigger stronger is pretty good... coldplay has terrific b sides as well

shauryapatel
November 8th 2012


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

see you soon is one of the best songs i have ever heard! great review man!

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
June 18th 2014


40652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Goddamn this is a fuckin good EP

Digging: St. Vincent - MassEducation

tommygun
June 18th 2014


26839 Comments


wow need this

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
June 18th 2014


40652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dude See You Soon and Such a Rush are like the two best Coldplay songs legit

Leaving them off Parachutes was some Smiths-level bsidery

tommygun
June 18th 2014


26839 Comments


smiths didn't b-side that hard they just had a bunch of pop singles that weren't included on albums

either way acquiring this tonight, love the heck out of early coldplay



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