Monday, June 06, 2011

Every Teardrop is a Waterfall

Song: Every Teardrop is a Waterfall
Artist: Coldplay
Album: Every Teardrop is a Waterfall

After capturing the world's attention with their excellent sophomore album "A Rush of Blood to the Head," Coldplay wrote "X & Y," an album designed to bring the band up to U2 status, taking everything the band had done before and do a bigger, better, even more... Coldplay than the Coldplay they had done before.  And it did just that, and while I do like that album... there was something about it that was a little soulless to me, a little too calculated.  And that's what made their last album, "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends" so surprising as the band went in a much more experimental direction.  (for them) And as classic as the first, and ultimately huge single "Viva la Vida" turned out to be, initially it sounded way out of left field for the band.  But thankfully, it meant the band wouldn't just rest at "being Coldplay."

The band has just finished their as-yet-to-be-titled fifth album, and have just released the first single, the soaring, vaguely electro-pop "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall."  I really like the song, which seems to be a bit of a grower, not as grandly sweeping as "Vida," but cut from the same cloth.  They get a little Edge-style U2 guitar in there, and a killer hook that won't let you go.  But does it sound familiar?

You'll remember the controversy surrounding "Vida la Vida," where an indie band named Creaky Boards claimed the song ripped their song, the ironically titled "The Songs I Didn't Write," and then Joe Satriani sued the band as he said it ripped off his track "Is Their Love in Space?"  (You can read all about it here.)  This time, the hook of "Every Teardrop" is taken from the 1976 song "I Go to Rio" by Peter Allen and Adrienne Anderson, whom this time... get a writing credit.  (Satriani setted out of court.)  Though it's actually already been used before... the 90's club track "Ritmo de la Noche."

I don't know... this doesn't bother me, and I like the song.  Maybe it has all been done...

What do you think?


Every Teardrop is a Waterfall

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