YEAR RELEASED: 2005
CHART ACTION: #1 US, #1 UK
SINGLES: Speed of Sound (#8 US, #2 UK), Fix You (#59 US, #4 UK), Talk (#86 US, #10 UK), The Hardest Part
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nah
LINEUP: Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, Will Champion
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A grandiose album that has a lot of boring parts, which makes it seem less of a grandiose statement.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Coldplay was a really big deal by the time they released this record. This was a universal hit everywhere and it seemed most every country had this album at the top of the charts. (Damn Hungary and Japan had it at #13 and #103 (!) respectively.
The sound is big, huge, electronic, layered, and…mopey. A few tracks, despite the huge sound, are lifeless and just sit there. They did a good job in picking the songs for singles that would work on the radio for sure as the deep cuts are the ones that are inert.
The record does reveal more charms on further listens, but the issue still is that it’s dull at times, and Coldplay’s reputation as dull and mopey begins to form now.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This album sold 737,000 copies in its first week of release. Over six times their previous albums first-week sales.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: In Japan, and there was a tour edition too.
GRADE B-: It’s got some good parts and some charm, but man it’s just dull at times.