Coldplay
Kaleidoscope


4.0
excellent

Review

by neekafat CONTRIBUTOR (54 Reviews)
July 18th, 2017 | 44 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Is love is the only thing left that's true?

It’s hard for a man with a profound sense of love for Coldplay to get by in the world. His musical opinions can always be cut down with a simple, “But you 5’d Viva la Vida.” His yearning for optimism can always be trampled by the bitterness of reality. But Coldplay has always transported me to a different world where this wasn’t the case.

This release more than ever threatened to finally cut down my adoration of the band a few notches. Coming off of the low-point of A Head Full of Dreams and releasing “Something Just Like This” with the Chainsmokers as a lead single created an immediate wince. It was undoubtedly the worst song ever released under the Coldplay moniker. And did the world really need an EP chock-full of b-sides from A Head Full of Dreams (as it was originally marketed)"

It wasn’t long till things shifted gears. The release of three more singles of increasing quality that sounded virtually nothing like AHFOD, indeed, nothing really like anything they’d done before, turned my head so fast I almost broke my neck. The retroactive addition of the “Tokyo Remix” of “Something Just Like This” in place of the original single also relieved my nervousness. It succeeded in dismantling the stilted, manufactured vibe of the initial release. While it still is far worse than any other Coldplay song, it is miles beyond what came before, and flows much better on the EP than one would expect.

That isn’t to say that they don’t falter here more than they ever had. For example, the doomed-to-fail and out of place Big Sean contribution featured on “Miracles (Something Special).” It’s a funky and otherwise inspired song marred by one bad idea. And any addition of a song featuring the Chainsmokers is a terrible choice, regardless of a superior version.

On this release however, the ratio is stacked in their favor.

The glitchy “A L I E N S” takes my earlier remark of the otherworldly quality of Coldplay’s music to the extreme. I’ve not heard anything quite like it. It’s at once startling and disquieting while also calming and full, piling sound upon sound in such a satisfying way that I wouldn’t mind an entire album focused merely on the style they used in this track.

The dark plunge of “All I Can Think About You” is the only thing that can match “A L I E N S” in terms of quality. It begins the EP featuring singer Chris Martin in more pain than we’ve heard him in years. It’s a repressed, drowned, and dare I say angry sound. That is, until its quickly swept away by gorgeous pianos and a full choir, all ascending effortlessly into a swirling climax. One can imagine swimming higher and higher towards the surface, sun beginning to shimmer through the ripples of water; rising and rising until finally breaking through and taking a deep breath of air as Martin sings the closing line, “Love is the only thing left that's true.” There may be no other greater truth to Coldplay’s music than this.

This opener is perhaps a perfect mirror of the closer “Hypnotised.” It also features Coldplay moving through a soupy looping piano riff and swirling country-esque guitars, but there’s nothing dark rustling under the surface here. It all builds to a lovely climax, much like the opener, however the mood is different now. While Martin’s aforementioned line sounded almost like a question before, this ending serves as a resounding “Yes.”

At the end of the day, this new EP only serves to prove one thing. That Coldplay doesn’t make music for sad people, and they don’t make music for happy people either. They make it for the ones who want to be.



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neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2017


15161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I realize there's already a featured review of this, but clearly I had too much to say to keep this down

This is my contribution to the "review of the week" competition held by Sowing

hasan
July 17th 2017


920 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i hate this cd alot



HasanMedia 600 comments

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2017


15161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally one of my reviews has been blessed by the presence of the almighty hasan

verdant
Staff Reviewer
July 17th 2017


2400 Comments


neeka you brave, brave man. lovely work :~)

hasan
July 17th 2017


920 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i love you bro good writeing

trackbytrackreviews
July 17th 2017


3382 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

2nd sentence



Instapos

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
July 17th 2017


2843 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

A couple of edits: "only serve," "AHFOD, indeed, nothing really like anything they’d done before, turned" (indeed to before could be placed in parenthesis, or even dashes if you feel it's important), and it should be "under the Coldplay moniker" I think.



Very terrific review as always, Neeka, your perspective on things (especially divisive albums) is often the most interesting.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2017


15161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheer everyone haha

@Land, Thank you sir, I do what I do and I do what I do :3

@Blushful, Appreciated as always! I should just make you my official editor and let you read these before I post lol

butcherboy
July 18th 2017


9464 Comments


never been a particular fan of their music or its singer's vocals, but the band have always done a much better job at reinventing themselves than most others who claim to do so.. and a great write-up, neeka.. maybe it's time I pick Coldplay back up for a bit..

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
July 18th 2017


2843 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

A point for each song I enjoy. It's fine, I just don't like it overall. Big Sean's verse is far from his worst, and it works a lot better than I'd expected.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2017


15161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Which two you like Blush?

And Butcher def give this a listen, its short at least

DeusAutomata9012
July 18th 2017


561 Comments


Actually this is far better than their previous effort, still the song with the chainsmokers is one of the worst things this band has ever done

LosProfetas
July 18th 2017


71 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Def a nice little EP, since AHFOD is supposedly their last album I wonder if they'll just keep releasing stuff like this.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2017


15161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Deus, that's what I'm sayin'

@Los, If they're all as good as this I wouldn't mind one bit

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2017


24510 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

niceeee review neeka and best of luck! jammin this now...hopefully I dig as much as most people are!

DeusAutomata9012
July 18th 2017


561 Comments


It's an ok LP, if you ignore the chainsmokers collaborations this effort is decent. Still after listening this effort again, the songs are not at the same level of stuff like moving to mars, oceans or midnight, that's why I rated it with a 2,5

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2017


24510 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

WOOOOO BIG EXPLOSIVE CLIMAX HERE WE GOOOOOOO



yeah first song is super solid.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2017


24510 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

why is Big Sean here?

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2017


24510 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

on the last song, two songs are great, two songs are pretty bad. last one will determine if it's a 3 or a 2.5!

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
July 18th 2017


2843 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I kinda like All I Can Think About Is You and A L I E N S. I don't love either of them, though, and the band have lost whatever hold they once had on me pre-MX. I don't even think anything on here is that bad, Something Just Like This is fine IMO.

Eh, bumping this to a 2.5. I don't like it, but I also don't really dislike it now that I think about it.



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