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I'm not a huge fan of Coldplay or anything, but their latest song is very nice. What I find particularly special and more importantly; refreshing about the song is the sub-orchestral music which accompanies the lyrics themselves. Apart from the obvious beat, the music is made up mainly of strings and timpani, which as we all know is not exactly a common occurrence in the world of popular music. The melody itself is about as simplistic as they come and that is of course a great thing, Viva La Vida is one helluva catchy record and I'm glad it made number one in the UK sales chart, indeed they're something of an institution here. It's nice when something a little more unconventional, more my taste, makes the top spot.

Have you heard it yet?

Link to iTunes commercial

Link to song. <--- Listen!

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I pretty much hate and disregard all mainstream music, but any British band must be good.

You have clearly not heard a lot of British music. We have some shocking bands around, especially the ones that are paraded as "great." Then again, I put Coldplay into that bracket.

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I personally think Coldplay are overrated, but I do like a few of their songs, this one especially. In fact it is their best one yet, for me. But yeah, as Charles just stated, we are suffering a bad and prolonged spate of bland, repetitious bands at the the moment. Basically, everyone sounds the same. Most of the current bands all sound like the SAME band. It's depressing.

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Well that's why I don't listen to mainstream music. But:

Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Elton John, Arctic Monkeys, and I guess you could add Coldplay. Nothing is better than British rock.

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The Arctic Monkeys especially, meld into everyone else. I can't stand 'em.

Ditto.

I honestly can't think of one current UK band that I like. It all just melds into one big pile of either MOR blandness or garage-band hell regurgitated in the form of a thousand bad Ramones tribute acts.

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Either way, he is very welcome to share his thoughts on the subject of popular music.

Who knows, he may turn out to be full of surprises :o:D

I can discuss the 60's, 70's, and 80's, and even some 90's but I'm pretty sure after that the term popular music became meaningless, as things like vocal talent, writing talent, melodies, etc all went out the window.

Let me ask this, are there any "greats from the 00's,(I really don't know) or all all the greats from previous era's.

and GE, I'll give it a listen later this evening.

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I hear & see the commercial on TV all the time.

The song doesn't make my ears start bleeding but I will admit I'm not a big fan of modern music. My love for pop, rock, soul and R&B stops at 1989 with the exception of a few artists & groups.

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Stan by Eminem.

Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake.

The Way I Are by Timbaland (featuring R&B singer Keri Hilson and rapper D.O.E.)

And ofcourse when Axl Rose finally releases the new G&R album, Chinese Democracy, that will be the musical evwent that defines the decade.

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Let me ask this, are there any "greats from the 00's,(I really don't know) or all all the greats from previous era's.

There are no 'greats' in the '00s. But then, I'm bound to say that. The younger generation will probably disagree, even though they're wrong.

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There are no 'greats' in the '00s. But then, I'm bound to say that. The younger generation will probably disagree, even though they're wrong.

I'm of the younger generation and I agree with that.

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Let me ask this, are there any "greats from the 00's,(I really don't know) or all all the greats from previous era's.

John Williams.

Oh, were we talking about popular music?

Actually, I heard the new coldplay song a while ago, and while it is a catchy tune, I DO NOT like the way it is mixed. But then, I don't like the way much of any popular music is mixed. Better than most stuff out there, that's for sure.

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I'll agree with that.

Every one says that of the music of the generation that follows them.

You're Beautiful by James Blunt is another decade highlight.

Sure, a highlight in the same way that the highlight of the 1980s was HOWARD THE DUCK.

I always find it depressing that all the bands I'd love to see in concert all seem to have either died or split up.

I believe Black Lace still tour.

Touche!

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Stan by Eminem.

Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake.

The Way I Are by Timbaland (featuring R&B singer Keri Hilson and rapper D.O.E.)

All three are masterful records, in the genre of pop music. Speaking of Timbaland - his production of One Republic's

(<---click) is top tier, I love it.
Touche!

:D

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Let me ask this, are there any "greats from the 00's,(I really don't know) or all all the greats from previous era's.

John Williams.

Oh, were we talking about popular music?

Actually, I heard the new coldplay song a while ago, and while it is a catchy tune, I DO NOT like the way it is mixed. But then, I don't like the way much of any popular music is mixed. Better than most stuff out there, that's for sure.

John Williams isn't a great from the 00's, he's a great from another era, obviously you didn't understand the question, but yes I was talking popular music not film music.

You're Beautiful is not anything bad like Howard the Duck.

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As much as You're Beautiful is both hated and loved in equal measure, there is no denying it is a brilliantly executed love song. It is merely a victim of its own popularity, as was My Heart Will Go On, nearly a decade earlier.

That's not to say I like James Blunt. On the contrary, I actually wish he'd f*ck right off to the North Pole or something.

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As much as You're Beautiful is both hated and loved in equal measure, there is no denying it is a brilliantly executed love song. It is merely a victim of its own popularity, as was My Heart Will Go On, nearly a decade earlier.

That's not to say I like James Blunt. On the contrary, I actually wish he'd f*ck right off to the North Pole or something.

I like the song, and I actually have the album, got it for free @ B&N since it was on our play list, but to be honest, I thought it was a girl singing the song.

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Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Elton John, ..., and I guess you could add Coldplay. Nothing is better than British rock.

That's a really REALLY big gap of time to skip over just to lump Coldplay in with some of the great legendary British classic rock acts from 30-40 years ago. I don't know if you can do that. Plus you leave out Black Sabbath, Genesis, and The Who. You lump Coldplay in with them but leave out U2, and to me Coldplay sounds like they're trying to just be the next U2. Great, maybe, but not legendary.

As far as current rock/pop acts that are any good, I really enjoyed The Killers' first two albums, but their third not so much.

And I'll always love The Clarks, but only because while you can take the man out of the 'Burgh, you can never take the 'Burgh out of the man.

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Oh ok, I didn't know if it was that, or if you were already preparing a spot for Coldplay in Cleveland.

I removed Arctic Monkeys because I never heard of them. I spent thirty seconds checking them out at YouTube but I'm still not sold.

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I love Coldplay, personally. I hope I get to see them live at some point. And "Viva la Vida" may well be their best song yet, although I think the entire album is pretty good; then again, I've thought that about all of their previous albums, too. For me, their music contains a very specific kind of cathartic emotion, and it's very similar to the kind of stuff U2 -- my favorite band ever -- has been specializing in for nearly thirty years.

Another recent band that I would consider great would be Arcade Fire. Very eclectic, but well worth listening to. Paying attention to, even.

Past that, I'm not terribly knowledgeable on music from this decade. I've got nothing against it, it's just that I've only got so many hours of free time, you know? And I'm getting older, so I'm becoming more and more conscious that it's time to start devoting more of my time to the things that I already know I love.

However, I have no intention of forgoing discovering new things, because that way lies old-farthood.

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I removed Arctic Monkeys because I never heard of them. I spent thirty seconds checking them out at YouTube but I'm still not sold.

They're not anything spectacular, but probably the only music I frequently listen to of this decade that's not film music. You should checck out the first few songs on Favourite Worst Nightmare.

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I spent thirty seconds checking them out at YouTube but I'm still not sold.

Try giving them a full sixty seconds ;)

Regardless of and other than Coldplay's standing, Green Day are actually the closest thing to a classic band in the making. American Idiot is possibly the best album of the last ten years. It's certainly the best punk album in decades.

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I was actually going to bring up Green Day. I like a lot of their older stuff, too, since they've been around since I was in middle school. Dookie is a classic album.

American Idiot is very strong until about St Jimmy, but I think with the exception of Wake Me Up, the second half of the album isn't as strong. Maybe I haven't heard it as much.

I also bought their live album that they performed in England, but I didn't like the politicking they did on stage. That's all I'll say about that.

I'm curious to see what their follow-up album will be.

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I agree there's a plethora of great British Bands (not recently, mind you), but my favorite has always been Dire Straits. It actually was my first musical love, even before John Williams.

Romão, who would outlaw James Blunt if he was the regining dictator

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historically, brithish bands are the best, but in this decade american bands rule the rock scene (at least for me)

personally, i think that the 3 greatest rock bands nowadays are

THe White Stripes

Interpol

The Killers (altough im very disappointed with their b sides and covers material: "Sawdust") I'm expecting to see how they perform on their next album, because Sam's Town is great

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Let me ask this, are there any "greats from the 00's,(I really don't know) or all all the greats from previous era's.

John Williams.

Oh, were we talking about popular music?

Actually, I heard the new coldplay song a while ago, and while it is a catchy tune, I DO NOT like the way it is mixed. But then, I don't like the way much of any popular music is mixed. Better than most stuff out there, that's for sure.

John Williams isn't a great from the 00's, he's a great from another era, obviously you didn't understand the question, but yes I was talking popular music not film music.

Sure...'Cause there is no way he could write anything like Violet Hill now-a-days. He was only writing great stuff like that back in the 80's.

I would take John Williams output of the 00's over any other musical artist's (popular, film, or whatever), which means we have one of two options:

1. There are no greats of the 00's.

2. John Williams is a great of the 00's.

Thus, my HILARIOUS joke of bringing him up in a popular music thread is still wonderfully effective.

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