The majority of my life (all 20 long years of it) have been one great immersion in the enigma which is Coldplay. Seeing as I was born in 92′ and Coldplay first broke on to the scene in 00′ with ‘Yellow’ its fair to say that their countless singles have formed a major part in the soundtrack to my life. I would just like to note that I have decided to discredit all musical interests in my life before I reached the ripe ole age of nine. Why you ask? Well I think my personal ‘Bee Gee’s faze’ of the mid 90’s should sum it up nicely without going into too much detail. And so getting back to Coldplay. They are a band who have experienced almost unprecedented success (please notice that I have said almost, I am not forgetting the late greats of times gone by, like the Bee Gee’s for example) Coldplay have had five major album releases, all smashing up the charts aswell as countless ‘sell out’ world tours. And so at this stage your probably re checking the title of this post. Coldplay..The band i’d love to like. Whats all that about. I’ve just listed a fair amount if reasons as to why I should be madly obsessed with this band. But on the other end of the scale’s lies the counter-balance, in this case being ‘Chris Martin’ or his voice to be exact.
Through out all my years of listening to Coldplay I could never seem to get past this one detail. Coldplay are a very talented band, who have created some very interesting music collectively. But no matter how interesting their music is, Chris Martins lack of vocal talent always seems to supersede everything else. And I’m sure at this point your formulating your own mental lists of great bands with ‘lackluster’ vocals. Blur, Weezer and possibly even Oasis are the ones that spring to mind. And the strange thing is that I like these bands and don’t find their songs to be irritating. Also I would just like to state that this is not a rant aimed at Chris Martin, although it may seem to be. I have great admiration for the man. He does great work for charity and seems to be free from controversy. And also you can’t help but have respect for someone without a great singing voice going on to front one of the most successful bands of the modern age.
So have I managed to convert myself to a Coldplay fan? Has writing this blog provided me with a new perspective and fresh understanding of the band? Unfortunately not, well not yet anyway. I cannot see myself becoming a fan for as long as people keep over hyping Coldplay and telling me that they are the best band that the world has ever seen, or even heard. But you need not dispar. I once had the same problem with The Beatles and their inflated stature amongst my friends and peers. But somehow I managed to overcome that and am now a ‘Beetles fan’. So prehaps one day I will be able to say the same about Coldplay? Who knows. They do seem to be improving, or else they are just growing on me. But eitherway one day Coldplay may very well be the band I like or even love.
So I will leave you with this:
But for the time being I think I’ll be sticking with this :