Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Every Moment Was So Precious

Coldplay - Viva La VidaNot surprisingly, Coldplay's Viva La Vida is #1 in its first week of release on virtually every chart in every corner of the world - most notably the US and UK. Saviors of the music industry? Hardly, as reported by the NY Times:

Analysts and industry executives say that the sales spike these last few weeks has been badly needed, but that two albums alone cannot offset broader losses, and that no clear blockbuster is likely in the near future.
No clear blockbuster? The reporter clearly must have forgotten about Matthew Sweet's new album. I kid, sadly.

So congratulations to Coldplay, although despite supposedly growing musically, their audience has dwindled a bit based on first-week sales. I blame pirates. Arrr.

It hasn't been a priority, but I finally downloaded Viva La Vida today and got through the first third of it (damn work gets in the way of my aural enjoyments.) I sure do like the sound of it, but then again, I've always liked their sound. The U2 comparisons are definitely fair, but Coldplay doesn't quite reach the bombast of the boys from Ireland - not yet anyway. What I don't like is how Coldplay has a tendency to bore me. Can't say I'm bored yet, but I'm just a few songs in and I just yawned.

Could just be tired, though.

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